The Alchemist is a beautiful book about magic, dreams, and the treasure we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep. — Madonna
I remember receiving a letter from the American publisher, HarperCollins, which said that ‘reading The Alchemist was like getting up at dawn and seeing the sun rise while the rest of the world still slept.’ — Paulo Coelho
Last year. just before Christmas, I saw a special 25th anniversary edition of The Pilgrimage, with a new forward by Paulo Coelho where he talked of sitting along the route and how many more pilgrims he saw than when he was at the spot when he walked El Camino de Santiago, a journey he describes in The Pilgrimage.
That is what I thought I saw last week, even though it clearly said, The Alchemist. It was only later, reflecting on why not a scallop shell on the front cover, did I realise my mistake.
I returned today, and asked could I change, Manuscript Found in Accra (which I can pick up any time), for the special limited edition of The Alchemist. They consented.
I am pleased I did. I mentioned seeing The Pilgrimage last year and asked they checked their stocks. Not a single copy in the entire book chain. I asked they check for The Alchemist. The result was the same, Nada.
Last year, Monetegrappa produced a special limited edition of The Alchemist pen to mark the centenary of Monetegrappa. There are only 1,987 of the pens, the year The Alchemist was published.