Monday, March 8, 2010
Coelho’s real life would make a thrilling read. A native of Brazil, Coelho knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. His family did little to foster this ideal, and instead tried to sway him from his dream. Eventually his inability to change life goals angered and confused his family and landed him in a mental institution on two different occasions. Later as an adult, Coelho was a journalist with his own magazine called 2001, and then joined the Brazilian rock group as a lyricist. Soon his political ties and progressive ideals upset the repressive government. He was kidnapped and tortured for his protests on freedom. In the years to follow, Coelho took up writing again. He became successful and has published more than half a dozen novels, including Veronika Decides to Die and Eleven Minutes.
The Alchemist is a touching read for people of most ages.