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Malala opens a library and gifts The Alchemist

September 8, 2013
Malala opening library

Malala opening library

Even God, chose the medium of a book to send a message to his people. — Malala

Last week Malala (the Pakistani girl the Taliban shot and left for dead) opened a library in Birmingham. She gifted to the library her personal copy of The Alchemist.

Schoolgirl Malala was shot in the head and left for dead by the Taliban, because she campaigned for the right of girls to have an education.

The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.

There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.

It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed.

When Paulo Coelho learnt Malala had gifted to the library her personal copy of The Alchemist, he was very moved.

We do not defeat terrorists and religious fundamentalists with guns, we defeat them with books, with ideas.

Today, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has notched up two hundred and sixty-eight consectutive weeks in the New York Times best-seller list. Not bad for a book that was first published twenty-five years ago.

The Alchemist: two hundred and sixty-seven weeks in New York Times best-seller list

September 1, 2013
two hundred and sixty-seven

two hundred and sixty-seven

Today, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has notched up two hundred and sixty-seven consectutive weeks in the New York Times best-seller list.

Not bad for a book that was first published twenty-five years ago.

When 50 Shades of Crap is dead and buried and long forgotten, people will still be reading and enjoying The Alchemist.

Folsom State Prison and The Alchemist

March 18, 2011
solidarity

solidarity

A letter sent to Paulo Coelho and posted by him on his blog.

12 March 2011

Dear Mr. Coelho,

I am a psychologist working at Folsom State Prison and have therapy group designed to help inmates think positively and take positive action in their lives.

Recently, we have begun reading The Alchemist in group because I thought it would be good for the inmates to start thinking about their own personal legends so they can start to nurture their own paths.

I must say they are taken by the story and are freely sharing their hopes and dreams with one another. They are contemplating their obstacless and what they can do to get through them.

Society has told them that they are done but, as they journey with Santiago, they are learning otherwise and are inspired.

Thank you for The Alchemist on behalf of the inmates in the Positive Mood Group at Folsom State Prison!

Sincerely,

Rachel Couzens, Psy.D.


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