> Generalizing a bunch of testing rules and saying This Is The One True Way Even When It Isn't – that's not right.
Consistency is important in large group projects. If half the team is working in one way, and half the team is working in another, you ARE going to clash. It's not necessarily the One True Way – nothing is. But in the real world there is quite often the One Way We Decided On For Consistency and You're a Big Boy/Girl So You Can Adapt, Right? And once you get used to it, you might even like it.
This inspirational fable by Brazilian author and translator Coelho has been a runaway bestseller throughout Latin America and seems poised to achieve the same prominence here. The charming tale of Santiago, a shepherd boy, who dreams of seeing the world, is compelling in its own right, but gains resonance through the many lessons Santiago learns during his adventures. He journeys from Spain to Morocco in search of worldly success, and eventually to Egypt, where a fateful encounter with an alchemist brings him at last to self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment. The story has the comic charm, dramatic tension and psychological intensity of a fairy tale, but it's full of specific wisdom as well, about becoming self-empowered, overcoming depression, and believing in dreams. The cumulative effect is like hearing a wonderful bedtime story from an inspirational psychiatrist. Comparisons to The Little Prince are appropriate; this is a sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo.
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