“The Alchemist” in Will Smith’s book

Will Smith reads an extract of his book Will (pages 189 and 190) about how much The Alchemist influenced him: “The Alchemist was my first literary love affair. The book spoke to my soul, and I just couldn’t put it down. It penetrated me and transformed my way of seeing and being. […] The Alchemist is probably the most influential book I’ve ever read. It empowered my dreamer’s spirit and validated my suffering. If Santiago could suffer, survive, and claim his treasure, then so could I.”

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