The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, translated by Alan R. Clarke
This book reminded me (and others) of The Little Prince (a classic, for those of you who haven't read it). A little longer, but still very much like a parable. The language was similar, too, although I'm not certain of what the language was originally like in either of them, before translation. I'll assume that the translators were good though. A simple and beautifully told tale.
The philosophy, now... I had fewer reservations about The Little Prince. The Alchemist had a lot of good principles and a lot of truth, but it was mixed with other things. Humans are made in the image of God, but we are not God and our souls do not contain God. I suppose that's my biggest caveat. There really were some good things in there. Listen to your heart -- that doesn't mean obeying it, just listening to it. Getting to know it. It may not be the source of knowledge and learning, but it's still a good idea.
Good book. Recommended.