About The Alchemist
Sierra Nevada College Continues Common Reading Program for Fall 2010
Incline Village, NV (May 25, 2010)– Sierra Nevada College continues the One Book, One Campus program begun in fall 2009, with all incoming fall 2010 students being asked to read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Written in 1987, the book has since gone on to sell more than 30 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling books in history and translated into more than 67 languages. American publisher Harper Collins says that “reading The Alchemist was like getting up at dawn and seeing the sun rise while the rest of the world still slept.”
Inspired by the popularity of book clubs, a growing number of college campuses are adopting common reading programs. The idea of a common reading selection rests on a simple idea: that reading the same book brings people together as a community by creating a common ground for discussion. As Dr. Lynn Gillette, Sierra Nevada College Provost, explains, "The common reading selection encompasses the liberal arts education values of Sierra Nevada College with an inspirational story that will broaden the student's world and begin the process of understanding their own unique potential to affect meaningful change." Gillette went on to note that SNC staff and faculty are encouraged to join the community of readers in order to provide a shared experience and to stimulate conversations across the campus. Copies of the book, available at the campus bookstore for purchase, will be provided to them free of charge.
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.
From the book:
My Heart Is Afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky."Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."