What is a brief summary of the novel "The Alchemist"?


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Paulo Coelho's 1988 novel "The Alchemist" tells the story of a shepherd boy who travels far from home seeking a mysterious treasure. A long journey and a series of adventures lead him back to the beginning of his own story, where an unexpected resolution to his quest waits.

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"The Alchemist" follows the shepherd boy Santiago as he pursues a quest based on a recurring dream and a number of mysterious encounters that send him further along on his search for a great treasure. After a seemingly devastating realization, Santiago makes a thrilling discovery in a place he had never thought to look.

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