THE PLOT: “Andalusian shepherd boy Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.”
MY THOUGHTS: I have to be honest with you this time, before reading this graphic novel; I’ve never read anything about Paulo Coelho, especially (The Alchemist) in its pure novel format. I guess the real reason is that I was afraid from hating the novel and anything by Paulo Coelho; it’s just a feeling that I felt deep in my guts. Anyhow, once I saw the graphic novel, I bought it on the spot, and having no idea what the original novel is all about, I think that gives me fresh eyes to read and say my thoughts on it.
Once you buy the graphic novel you’ll notice the high-end printing and the hardcover and the jacket design is just perfect; you flip the pages and you’re stunned with colored pages and smooth illustrations to the characters and background. You start reading the story and from the start you’re put into a question that drags to the end of the story and repetitive advices and verses from the bible to help the hero overcome his struggle and journey. You can also see Paulo Coelho in the graphic novel with his obvious face as being the wise King Solomon.
The storyline follows the main character, into different countries all in the search for the treasure (gold), and in his entire journey he encounters difficulties in language, religion, and culture. All and all, the adaptation of the novel is good, but the story itself doesn’t have any action in it to adapt it into a graphic novel, because anyone buys a graphic novel he expects action scenes and lots of them.
STORY BY: Paulo Coelho
ADAPTED BY: Derek Ruiz
ART BY: Daniel Sampere
COVER BY: Daniel Sampere
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
The Alchemist. I rate 7/10. Three reasons why I’m fine with this graphic novel: 1- The artwork is smooth and simple. 2- The structure of the story is correct but dull. 3-The printing is high-end.