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Biography of Author - Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janiero in 1947 and before his career as a best-selling author he was a playwright theatre director hippie and popular songwriter for some of Brazils leading pop artists In 1986 he took a pilgrimage along that Road of Santiago and this would be the center of the plot of the book The Pilgrimage which was published in 1987 His second book was named The Alchemist and was published in 1988 This book has gone to number one in 29 countries and Coelho has been regarded as the most widely read contemporary writers The Alchemist was one of the top ten international best sellers of 1998 His work has been published in more than 100 countries and is translated into 42 different languages He has been awarded a variety of prestigious awards from many different countries He today lives in South America with his familyThe Shepherd - This was the boy through whose eyes the story was told He followed his personal legend to the fullest and never let up with his dream He went all over the land and was able to realize the treasure that he had been so close to in the beginning of the novelThe King - He was the one that gave the shepherd the two stones that would supposedly help him whenever he had a rough time deciding about what to do He made the boy give him ten percent of his flock because you should never promise something that you dont have The Englishmen - This was the man that the boy met on his trip to the pyramids He was the one who turned the boy onto the idea of the alchemist and the masterwork Before this he had never known of the alchemist and the great things that he could do in the world The Alchemist - This is the man that he met in the
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