I just finished reading the worst book ever. Yeah, I'm talking about The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The whole story felt like a "YOU JUST GOT SCREWED" prank. The whole story is this. Boy has dreams about a fortune in Egypt waiting for him, so he ends up meeting with a king accidentally. The king tells him that the fortune will be his, if the boy follows his Personal Legend and then the boy sells all his sheep. Boy gets mugged like 3 times in the book for crying out loud. Then he works his tail off for a year and then he gets stuck in a caravan that's not going anywhere for a year. Basically the boy gives up his life for a treasure, gets stopped twice, gets beaten up, and gets mugged. I MEAN SERIOUSLY? NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THE HERO IN A STORY FAIL! Also, on the last two pages, the boy gets beaten up and mugged again. One of the muggers asks, "Why are you here?" The boy replies, "I had a dream of a fortune in Egypt." The mugger says, "I had a dream similiar to that. Only the treasure was in Spain, by a deserted church. In the dream, I dug under a tree over and over and I eventually found the tresure. Only idiots would actually follow their dream, though." The mugger leaves and the main character is bleeding on the verge of death and he learns that the treasure is where he started at. OH YEAH! I forgot something. The boy falls in love with a girl and he promises he'll come back for the girl, right? Anyways, in the epilougue, he finds the treasure in the place he started at. On the way back from Egypt, he didn't even stop to meet his girlfriend because he was so darn greedy that all he wanted to do was get his hands on the treasure. SERIOUSLY? THE ENDING WAS NOT RIGHT! The overall lesson of this story was: If you follow your dreams, you will get to it. BUT, first you have to lose your fortune, give up everything in your life, get beaten up, waste a few years of your life, and then go back where it all started to achieve your dream. Summary of the book? The most stupid waste of my freakin' time, waste of my money book ever. If I ever meet Paulo Coelho, he better watch out before I slap him.