A lot of gently done philosophy but you can see where this is going almost from the start. Treasure can mean anything and sometimes your treasure is where you are. So the search is self discovery. Nothing ventured, nothing gained so follow your dreams. These are the main themes and you'll run across then often.Yes, it's allegory but it's not trying to hit one over the head with it. The writing is not stellar but sometimes simpler prose is nice.I wouldn't call it life altering yet I still liked this book and really wonder how it can make people so angry.