Book Club: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is every Thursday/ From page 1-6.


READING CLUB.

BOOK CLUB

For those who wish to participate, to read & discuss as a group, please read Pages 1-6.

The Alchemist in PDF file, it is found here –>

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The Audiobook, it is found here –>

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After you have read these pages, please answer the following questions;

1- Who is Santiago? What does he do for a living? Why did he choose to do this?
2- How did Santiago learn to read?
3- On Page 6, Santiago thinks: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting”. Can you give an example?
4- Why did Santiago visit an old woman for?
5- What does the old woman say the difference between the language of God and the language of the soul?

Please reply and share at least one question, at least three vocabulary words/phrases, and your favourite sentence or paragraph from Pages 1-6.

I’ll add mine after at least three other participants respond, okay?

NOTE: This book group event is listed here at GMT+2 hours (Egypt time).

To join the class, please be sure I have you on my Skype contact list PRIOR to class.

My Skype ID is: Roaming70

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  1. Please (pretty please!) reply to this post and share:

    1- One or more questions you have after reading from page 1-6 (discussion questions or comprehension questions)
    2- Two or more phrases or sentences that you especially liked or want to talk about from page 1-6 [Choose them for whatever reason you wish!]
    3- Three or more words or collocations you learned, or that you think others might find helpful to review/learn/understand (from page 1-6)

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    1. Santiago is a shepherd. He sells wool for living. He chose this way because that was the way he could learn about new people, new cities and new places.
    2. While Santiago was child, his father wanted him to be a priest. It was a pride for a small farm family. So Santiago learned to read.
    3. on Page 6 Santiago thought this way. He thought if he could settle down with the girl, his dream would come true.
      4. Santiago visited the old woman to have an interpretation of his dream.
      5. The language of God is God speaks in our language what the woman can interpret what God says. And the language of soul is God says in soul language what only Santiago can tell.

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  2. TASKS “THE ALCHEMIST”
    Pages 1-6 in The Alchemist

    1- Who is Santiago? What does he do for a living? Why did he choose to do this?
    He likes to be a shepherd as he feels comfortable with his sheep. He and his sheep are used to each other. It is as if “some mysterious energy bound” his life to his sheep. Santiago has spent with his sheep for the past two years “leading them through different countryside in search of food and water”. Santiago considers that people have to be prepared for changes, So to be a shepherd is a good chance for him to travel, to see different places, to meet different people. It is boring to stay at the same place and meet the same people long. His sheep are his friends, the boy becomes to realize that they understand everything what he tells them about n what he reads them. He tells them about the loneliness or the happiness of a shepherd in the fields. He thinks that he learns more from his sheep than from many books.
    The main reason for him to travel is his idea that the world is huge and inexhaustible and travelling allows him to discover different interesting things.
    For his living Santiago shears sheep and trades wool.

    2- How did Santiago learn to read?
    Santiago’s parents wanted him to become a priest that’s why he attended a seminary till 16. He had to study Latin, Spanish and theology. But in his childhood he always wanted to travel, he always wanted to know the world and this his wish was much more important for him than “knowing God and learning about man’s sins”.

    3- On Page 6, Santiago thinks: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting”. Can you give an example?
    Sometimes we have dreams and these dreams may come true. If some of our dreams come true it makes our life much more interesting. But it depends on what kind of dream it is. Sometimes there are dreams which we don’t want to come true.

    4- Why did Santiago visit an old woman for?
    Santiago decided to go to see an old woman as he wanted her to interpret his dream. While staying at the woman’s home he was thinking of Gypsies, who were considered to have “a pack with the devil”. In his childhood Santiago like other kids was frightened to death that he could be kidnapped by Gypsies and when the woman took his hands in hers he returned to his childhood fear n his hands began to tremble.
    Here I”d like to emphasize that there are stereotypes related to different people, different things in society.

    5- What does the old woman say the difference is between the language of God and the language of the soul?
    According to the woman dreams are the God’s language and the language of soul is what we can understand by God’s words.
    Vocabulary:
    to be/become aware of – if you are aware that a situation exists and you realize or know that it exists

    to shear – to cut the wool off a sheep
    to make an impression on sb – make someone admire or remember sb
    furnishings (plural) – the furniture and other things, such as curtains, in a room
    to see to – to make sure or check that sth is done
    to be/become/get (so) used / accustomed to – be familiar with sth/sb and accept it as normal
    to frighten sb to death – make sb feel extremely afraid

    “They (sheep) trust me and they’ve forgotten how to rely on their own instincts, because I lead them to nourishment” p. 3

    In this part of the text (pp.1-7) I like the passage where Santiago has a conversation with his father about what he wants to do in his life. And as a result, “he gave the boy his blessing. The boy could see in his father’s gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world—a desire that was still alive, despite his father’s having had to bury it, over dozens of years, under the burden of struggling for water to drink, food to eat, and the same place to sleep every night of his life” p 4,5

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