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by Paulo Coelho

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What are the important actions or events in the book The Alchemist by Coelho?

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The central concept of the novel is the personal journey, in which Santiago discovers his purpose in life. He travels from Andalusia in Spain to the Egyptian pyramids in search of treasure. At the pyramids, a thief tells him to return home, as the treasure is in the ruins of the church in which Santiago first dreamed of it. The story is about how the journey itself means more than the destination.

Every part of Santiago's journey is interconnected, a collection of people, places, and events that make up his destiny. On the way to Africa, a man tricks Santiago into believing he will take him to the pyramids and robs him instead. Santiago then works for a crystal merchant in order to make money for his travel to the pyramids. Santiago meets an Englishman who teaches him that "when you want something in your heart, that's when you are closest to the...

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