Paulo Coelho has written a fable about life, taking chances, love, growing up, and finding your own personal destiny.
Santiago, a simple shepherd, moves his flock from field to meadow across the countryside. But his life is not without tension: he has seen a girl and fallen in love. And he has had a dream- more than once- and is caught up in what the dream might mean. What should he do in response to that dream?
Across lands, cultures, and through enough time for a boy to become a man, this story advances and speaks to some of the inner questions that confront us all. Originally published in Brazil in 1988, this fable has been translated into 56 languages; people in more than 150 countries have purchased 65 million copies of this tale (per Wikipedia). There is enough here to spark serious thought in all of us- and there is enough to engender some great discussions in that Book Group you have been meaning to start. (!)
Is this the perfect book? What a great question for discussion! For myself, I'll only say that this novel grew out of the culture of South America- and I look forward to reading how a certain young lady begins her own quest.
I'd say it's definitely worth investigating... What do you think?