Since I finished Watership Down (awesome! But the film really disappointed me, maybe I shouldn't have watched it straight after reading the book ;)) I grabbed a new book from my bookshelf; The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo, somebody said to me a while ago he wrote nice stuff, so when I saw this book somewhere in a second hand store, I decided to take it, curious as I was.
It isn't such a thick book, 186 pages if I remembered it right. And it's easy to read, not really difficult sentences, only somewhere in the middle til the end some more thoughtful stuff began to appear on the pages.
The book is about a boy, a shepherd in Andalusia, who one day meets a man, a king. Who tells him he should go and find his destiny. And so the boy starts a journey, meets people, does things, meets an alchemist. The story is about becoming friends with your heart and understanding the language of the soul, the world and some more languages of everything. I even cried a tear somewhere.
Coehlo is religious, really. What made it difficult for me to read sometimes, right after I cried that monumental tear, he began to talk about God, making the tear disappear in the pillow I was lying on. It wasn't followed by a second or a third drop.
But still; I finished the book in 1 read (well, to be precisely, in 3 or 4, since I had to let Effie out of or into the room..) I almost fell asleep in the end, but I HAD to finish.
Okay, this not only happened because it was a good book, it was also because it wasn't that long, the chapters weren't really chapters (just asterisks instead of numbers) and those not-really-chapters weren't that long.. but really.. the last time I finished a book in one read.. I think it was in the first years of highschool. That's a really long time ago.
I would've liked to quote some of the things from the book, since there are some beautiful pieces in it, like when I started crying. But I think that it would be better, if you wanted to read it, you would read it as a whole.
It's a philosophic book by the way, spiritual. And yes, sometimes a bit religious. As long as you're not terribly allergic to the last, it's a really nice book. It gives some nice things to think about.
I think my mom will like it too.
Well, of to do something useful.. the exam of my main subject is tomorrow.. bbraahhh even thinking about it makes my stomach turn!! Brrrrrr I haaaate those exams! Wish me luck ;-)