• Book: The Pilgrimage
  • Author: Paulo Coelho
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Year of Release: 1987
  • Read 265-page hardcover edition in November 2012.

Book Description: This non-fiction book follows Paulo Coelho’s modern-day pilgrimage for enlightenment and spiritual discovery along northern Spain’s Road to San Tiago.  Along the journey, Coelho has miraculous encounters and meets an array of interesting people and spectacles.

Book Review: This was an adventurous book written by Brazilian Paulo Coelho, and was actually written a year before his fictional story The Alchemist.  One can see a lot of The Alchemist inside this non-fictional tale, and can see how Paulo Coelho’s real-life experiences influenced the writing of The Alchemist.  There are many grains of wisdom and thought-provoking material inside this spiritual adventure, however at the same time the book sometimes gets a little bit ahead of itself.  At times it seems the material is disjointed, and despite some grains of useful wisdom, there are also many exercises and lessons taught in the book which are likely a little bit beyond the usefulness factor of most readers.  It is likely a different novel/book would be more useful for readers who are looking for spiritual exploration for their own lives today.  Still, an interesting read nonetheless, especially if one wants a good backstory to The Alchemist.

Overall: 3 stars out of 5