|2003年02月21日10:23:03 空中美语 |
Paulo Coelho: The Real Alchemist
Feb. 18The average person would rather leave their dreams unfulfilled than risk everything in an attempt to achieve the seemingly impossible. A select few, however, are willing to take that risk. According to the best-selling Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, these few are alchemists: people who have the courage to follow their dreams and change their ordinary lives into something extraordinary.Paulo Coelho himself was once on a conventional path in life. He was following his parents' wishes and studying law in school-but he dreamed of traveling and of being a writer. With the arrival of the hippie era and its spirit of changing accepted values, Coelho found the nerve to abandon his studies and live the life he had dreamed of.Coelho took a pilgrimage, and the journey eventually inspired him to fulfill his dream of writing and publishing books. Of these, it is perhaps Coelho's second, The Alchemist, which best shows the power of dreams to transform people's lives.
1. seemingly adv. apparently 看起来；表面上地
Listening to the seemingly endless applause, Lucian knew that the concert had been a success.
2. conventional adj. thought by most people to be normal and ordinary 传统的；常规的
Teaching is a conventional career, whereas being a rock star is not.
3. nerve n. courage and strength 胆量；勇气
It took a lot of nerve for Esther to tell her boss that she disagreed with his ideas.
4. abandon v. to leave sb./sth. 遗弃；放弃
It is common for people to abandon their broken scooters by the side of the road.
5. fulfill v. to do what was hoped for, promised, expected, etc. 履行；实现
When Hugo graduated from university, he fulfilled his father's dream of having a well-educated son.
6. transform v. to change 转换；改变
Traveling by herself transformed Hilary from a shy, quiet person into a confident and bold one.
1. select adj. 优秀的；精选的
2. alchemist n. 炼金士
3. hippie era n. 嬉皮时代
4. pilgrimage n. 朝圣