Book Review: Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is one of my literary gaps – I’d heard of him, meant to read him, yet never got around to him until now. Is Manuscript Found in Accra the best introduction to him? I don’t know, but this slim novel – if “novel” is the right word – gives me plenty to think […]

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Over/Under-rated Books: The Alchemist

This week, in your guide to popular reading (as defined by the New York Times’ and Amazon’s Bestsellers lists), we review an extraordinarily well-known, resilient work, which has maintained astronomical book sales for over 20 years. Naturally, we don’t like it very much.