In the Spanish port town of Tarifa, a king dressed in rags appears to a shepherd, telling him the Personal Legend, a sort of quest the universe pushes each individual towards. This sets the shepherd, Santiago, on a cross-continental trek, from Morocco to Egypt, in search of his treasure. The Alchemist is an allegorical retelling of a tale told by Jorge Luis Borges and Rumi, and found in Arab and Jewish folkloric traditions. With that in mind, the reader knows that journey is at least as important as the destination and treasure, and full of twists and turns.
Listen to a clip as the King of far away Salem tells Santiago to seek the treasure of his Personal Legend.[vimeo 121328538]
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