Another book that definitely got teachers' attention at NCTE was The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel. Yes, you read that correctly. Paolo Coehlo’s perennially bestselling and beloved tale of self-discovery has come out in graphic novel form, making his beautiful book even more accessible to all students. Artist Daniel Sampere’s evocative illustration brings readers alongside Andalusian shepherd Santiago as he journeys from country to country learning the truths of life and experience. And apparently Coehlo was pleased with the finished result:
“It was an old dream of mine to have The Alchemist as a graphic novel. This version exceeds my expectations and is a beautiful manifestation of what I originally imagined while crafting this story.”—Paulo Coelho
The graphic version of Coelho’s book can be read on its own, but also as a part of a study on adaptation, and what is gained and lost in the transition from one artistic form to another.
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