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Who should not read the book THE ALCHEMIST by Paul Coelho?Can you give me 3 example of...

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ds6 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM via web

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Who should not read the book THE ALCHEMIST by Paul Coelho?

Can you give me 3 example of who should not read the book nd why, like skeptics or politically correct people who notice "the other"

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM (Answer #2)

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This is a very strange question. I can't think of anyone who should not read The Alchemist, though many people may not like to read the style of the book. I can only think the question is something of a riddle meant to reveal that everyone (in someone's opinion) should read the book. I can think of three kinds of people who "should" not read this book. (1) One is the person who is not a seeker after truth, and who is going to admit they do not seek truth? (2) Another person is one who bores easily since the style of writing is antique sounding and simplistic in a fairy tale like way. Not many people have qualms today about confessing to being bored by the written word that takes more thought than a popular fiction or romance novel. (3) Another such person would be someone who scoffs at the existence of the spiritual realm since the message is a spiritual one.

But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here. (The Alchemist, Introduction xv)

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM (Answer #3)

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It sounds like you might be trying to write a critical review about the novel, in which you have to suggest who might or might not enjoy The Alchemist.  Instead of focusing primarily on the content of the novel, you might also think about the general style or genre.  Some people prefer more strictly mystery, romance, or action style novels.   Moreover, some readers enjoy more realistic or modern settings.  You could also narrow down the potential readership of The Alchemist to age groups.  While the novel is definitely appropriate for middle school age students, younger students might struggle with the vocabulary and content.

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ds6 | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted January 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM (Answer #4)

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It sounds like you might be trying to write a critical review about the novel, in which you have to suggest who might or might not enjoy The Alchemist.  Instead of focusing primarily on the content of the novel, you might also think about the general style or genre.  Some people prefer more strictly mystery, romance, or action style novels.   Moreover, some readers enjoy more realistic or modern settings.  You could also narrow down the potential readership of The Alchemist to age groups.  While the novel is definitely appropriate for middle school age students, younger students might struggle with the vocabulary and content.

i am thinking of a science person, since they only believe in science, but i dont know hao to explain ... also in the book the boy describe the arabs as infidels... but i need a better answer.. :D thanks for answering

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM (Answer #5)

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The book The Alchemist by Paul Coelho could be read by anyone.   The three I think of who would not read the book are those who do not believe in anything but facts such as a scientist who reads only non-fiction with its emphasis on facts and true, provable elements.  Another person not likely to read the book is someone who cannot handle the fairy tale elements like the wind at the end of the book when the boy needs it.  Someone without a belief in a spiritual element to life also is not likely to enjoy the book since the message is so spiritual.  As for the Arabs as infidels, I don't believe he meant Arabs in general but those who do not believe in any spirituality.  I read no disrespect to Allah or to those who believe in Allah, but see the lack of practicing any sort of spirituality as being named "infidels." 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM (Answer #6)

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I think The Alchemist is for people who want to examine the meaning of life.  I guess you could argue that a person whose philosophy is that ignorance is bliss would not appreciate it.  The person who appreciates the book is going to be someone that wants to look beyond the face of looks at deeper, innermost thoughts.

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