I have rated this 3 because it's either brilliant or the worst thing ever..both at the same time. I read it while slightly feverish due to a cough and cold and that might explain why I felt tears come to my eyes more than once...I love all the desert stuff;some of it chimes very closely with my muslim faith and I found it quite beautiful. I also liked the romance between Santiago and Fatima..BUT..
Where it fell down ultimately was the idea that wanting something enough will make it happen. As we know ,because the Rolling Stones told us,'You Can't Always Get What You Want.......'