In a Nutshell

The Alchemist and the Cryptozoologist

by on Jan.21, 2012, under Strange

Two very different books have one thing in common. In the allegorical fiction book The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, much of the story is about a shepherd boy’s travels far from his homeland; he returns to find his purpose fulfilled in his own country. In the nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America, by Jonathan Whitcomb, only a little is about the author’s travel to Papua New Guinea; he returns to find a possibility that his purpose may be fulfilled in his own country.

The Alchemist and Live Pterosaurs in America

. . . It’s in how something in a shepherd boy’s quest resembles something in the history of living-pterosaur investigations since the late twentieth century (traveling back and forth, literally).

But how strange it may strike readers when they realize that the non-fiction book is the one about modern pterosaurs—some would call them “dragons”—living in the United States of America, not the fictional story by Coelho.

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