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Manuscript Found in Accra [Deckle Edge] [Hardcover]

Paulo Coelho , Margaret Jull Costa
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April 2 2013

The latest novel from the #1 internationally best-selling author of The Alchemist.

There is nothing wrong with anxiety.
Although we cannot control God’s time, it is part of the human condition to want to receive the thing we are waiting for as quickly as possible.
Or to drive away whatever is causing our fear. . . .
Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms.
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July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, men and women of every age and every faith have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. He has summoned the townspeople to address their fears with truth: 

“Tomorrow, harmony will become discord. Joy will be replaced by grief. Peace will give way to war. . . . None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments. So, when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside. Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that. Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face.” 

The people begin with questions about defeat, struggle, and the nature of their enemies; they contemplate the will to change and the virtues of loyalty and solitude; and they ultimately turn to questions of beauty, love, wisdom, sex, elegance, and what the future holds. “What is success?” poses the Copt. “It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.” 
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Now, these many centuries later, the wise man’s answers are a record of the human values that have endured throughout time. And, in Paulo Coelho’s hands, The Manuscript Found in Accra reveals that who we are, what we fear, and what we hope for the future come from the knowledge and belief that can be found within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us.  

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“Coelho’s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts.” —Daily Express
“His writing is like a path of energy that inadvertently leads readers to themselves, toward their mysterious and faraway souls.”  —Le Figaro
“His books have had a life enhancing impact on millions of people “ —The Times (London)
“An exceptional writer.”  —USA Today

“An intriguing and playful premise.” —The Boston Globe

“Full of worthy musings and quotable quotes on a variety of subjects—from solitude and love to beauty and miracles. . . . Like all Coelho’s other works, the earnestness, simplicity and clarity of [Manuscript Found in Accra’s] prose start touching your soul and transforming your thoughts.” —The International Herald Tribune

“Coelho . . .  shows himself again to be a cerebral and subtle writer.” —The New York Journal of Books
“Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour . . .  [Coelho’s] search for all things meaningful.” —The Washington Post 

 “Coelho masterfully presents his points wrapped in the … familiar guise of an ancient story.” —Portland Book Review

“A timeless and powerful exploration of personal growth, everyday wisdom and joy.” —Bookscan (London)

About the Author

One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven Minutes, and The Pilgrimage. Translated into 74 languages, his books have sold more than 140 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and in 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Manuscript Found in Accra June 29 2013
By Negaah
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it is all about learning
Life is good and beautiful if want to see it good and beautiful. you should change yourself, you can change ...
I think it is good if you want to know good things and golden words so read not a novel certainly
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5.0 out of 5 stars :D back to the beginning! May 14 2013
We live in a very changing world, and "Manuscript found in Accra" just goes back to the beginning. I really appreciated that while I was reading, and I felt again that magic, like when I was 16 and I read "The Alchemist". That magic is exactly what makes books great. And this new book makes you think about some of the most basic things of your life and your world. It is original but structured, easy to read and inspiring. As Paulo Coelho usually does, the new book is not very long, but it's precise and intense, and it just gets to the point. Because it's easy to read, I would recommend read it even twice! Some quotes and some sentences are so thoughtful that I would say that the whole book requires re-reading.
Indeed, the plot, the quotes, the philosophy behind it... everything makes it just simple but at the same time magnificent. I couldn't stop reading. It was just pure wisdom. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the book expected May 30 2014
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I forgot who the author was. I bought the book after a short review stressing the context of the book. Since I was myself in Jerusalem at the time I was looking for more historical content. What the book is is a long sermon. I never finished it and even deleted it from my Kindle library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best story of Coelho but informative Oct. 27 2013
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I have always enjoyed the sotries of Paulo Coelho for both the stories and truths woven into them but this one left me rather cold and disjointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers March 3 2013
By Michael Kear - Published on
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I've been a huge fan of Paulo Coelho since The Alchemist. All of his books and novels teach us about wisdom, life and love. This latest book is not really a novel in the traditional sense. Manuscript Found in Accra is actually in the realm of wisdom literature, a compendium of brief discourses in the spirit and style of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet.

The setting is Jerusalem in 1099 AD. A diverse crowd of people has gathered in dreaded anticipation of the destruction of their city by an army of advancing Crusaders. A mysterious man known only as The Copt arises and begins to speak to them. What follows is a night of questions and answers through which The Copt pours forth ancient wisdom to the anxious listeners.

There is no new revelation in these pages, but rather a re-telling of the old ways of wisdom and light through the mouth of The Copt. Coelho freely evokes Kahlil Gibran. Consider The Copt's words, "Work is the manifestation of Love that binds people together." Compare that to Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, who says, " Work is love made visible. ... when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God." Coelho also repeatedly puts the exact words of Jesus Christ into the mouth of The Copt without mentioning the original source of those words. Nevertheless, in spite of the lack of originality, Coelho's writing style is engaging, interesting and intriguing. The wisdom contained between these covers is essential to the well being of our souls. Some chapters will speak with more clarity and urgency than others, depending upon the needs and interests of the reader, but as a whole, Manuscript Found in Accra will have something to benefit every reader.
70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformational Wisdom April 2 2013
By Brendon Burchard - Published on
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A wise man sits in a square taking questions about life on the eve of his town's massacre by an invading army. His wisdom, delivered in simple yet profound sentences, can alter the course of your life. A must-read for anyone interested in living a courageous, loving, meaningful life. My favorite quotes:

16. In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat; there is only movement ... there are neither winners nor losers; there are only stages that must be gone through. When the human heart understands this, it is free and able to accept difficult times without being deceived by moments of glory.

23. Defeat ends when we launch into another battle. Failure has no end; it is a lifetime choice.

30. The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.

31. .. saying no does not always show a lack of generosity, and that saying yes is not always a virtue.

40. Ask a flower in the field: "Do you feel useful? After all you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over." And the flower will answer: "I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason fro living." Ask the river: "Do you feel useful, given that all you do is keep flowing in the same direction?" And the river will answer: "I'm not trying to be useful; I'm trying to be a river." Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God.

41. Don't try to be useful. Try to be yourself; that is enough, and that makes all the difference.

42. Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams.

48. Dreaming carries no risks. The dangerous thing is trying to transform your dreams into reality.

50-51. ... they risk taking a first step -- sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of ambition, but generally because they feel an uncontrollable longing for adventure. At each bend in the road, they feel more and more afraid, and yet, at the same time, they surprise themselves; they are stronger and happier. Joy. That is one of the main blessings of the All Powerful. If we are happy, we are on the right road.

53. "Difficulty" is the name of an ancient tool that was created purely to help us define who we are.

54. And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly.

68. Because Enthusiasm is the Sacred Fire.

135. And may this lead us to behave impeccably, making use of the four cardinal virtues: boldness, elegance, love, and friendship.

146. Excessive caution destroys the soul and the heart, because living is an act of courage, and an act of courage is always an act of love."

151. Our soul is governed by four invisible forces: love, death, power, and time.

153. Therefore, what the future holds for you depends entirely on your capacity for love.

153. The greatest gift God gave us is the power to make decisions.

154. And precisely when everything seems to be going well and your dream is almost within your grasp, that is when you must be more alert than ever. Because when your dream is almost within your grasp, you will be assailed by terrible GUILT.

169: The wounded person should ask himself: "Is it worth filling my heart with hatred and dragging the weight of it around with me?"

177. On loyalty: And beware of the pain you can cause yourself by allowing a vile and cowardly heart to be part of your world. ONce the evil has been done, there is no point in blaming anyone: the owner of the house was the one who opened the door.

178. The most important of wars is not waged with a lofty spirit or a soul accepting of its fate. It is the war that is going on now, as we speak, and whose battlefield is the Spirit, where Good and Evil, Courage and Cowardice, Love and Fear face one another.

I loved this book... surprisingly, as much as I liked The Alchemist.

-- Brendon Burchard. #1 New York Times bestselling author of "THE CHARGE" and "THE MILLIONAIRE MESSENGER"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Words of Wisdom March 2 2013
By Edward J. Barton - Published on
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Unlike many of Paulo Coelho's most recent books, where the theme of the book is a spiritual or moral journey set within either an autobiographical or fictional account, "A Manuscript Found in Accra" follows the pattern of one of Coelho's earlier works, "A Manual for the Warrior of Light" in that the book is a collection of wisdom sayings and sage advice around various life topics.

Set in Jerusalem the night before the invasion by the Crusaders in 1099, the book chronicles the wisdom of life as synthesized by "The Copt". Covering areas as broad as the meaning of life, love, sex, work, failure, defeat, solitude, faith and other challenging life topics, "The Copt" draws on diverse wisdom literature such as the Talmud, Bible, Koran and other sources to synthesize life lessons to a crowd of people facing certain upheaval and likely death within the next 24 hours.

While the introduction and back story are mildly interesting, and set the stage for the sage wisdom to follow, the book itself reads as an interesting, but somewhat parental lecture on these mysteries of life, love and death. In classic Paulo Coelho fashion, the message squarely hits the mark, and the reader will find challenging and profound insights within the pages. The spiritual, philosophical and psychological elements blend together nicely to provide the reader with a thought provoking and soul searching look at some of the greatest questions life has to offer.

While many casual fans of Coelho will likely be disappointed by the plot (or lack thereof) and the format of the book, the reader who enjoys the deep spiritual and psychological elements of Coelho's work, and who may have enjoyed the "Manual" will find this a fascinating, thought provoking and personally insightful read.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to be the first Korean reader of Manuscript found in Accra April 3 2013
By Yisun KiM - Published on
I am happy to be the first Korean reader to read Paulo Coelho's new book Manuscript found in Accra.

I was surprised. It felt as if Senor Coelho had established his own religion for people living in this era. I had a feeling I was making conversations with him through my heart. I thought that the way people ask and search for answers when facing a war about to break out appear similar to the way people might have asked and found answers for themselves in tragic circumstances like the 9/11 terror attacks. This is when I understood the sentence "which are the values that remain when everything is destroyed?"

I find that the basis for the 20 questions appearing in the book is from our "fear." Fear of losing, fear of loneliness, fear of being unworthy, fear of change, fear of love, fear of the flow of time, fear of sex, and fear of obligations to support his family. For the fear, it gives people the reason to ask questions about successful people, about miracles and about their future. Fear and insecurity are emotions that seem to exist regardless of time. So naturally when everything is destroyed, the remaining values are no doubt ways to defeat "fear and insecurity." It felt as though the author was trying to encourage readers to defeat "fear and insecurity" by seeking ways together with him. I do not think that the answer from the Copt - in other words, the author - is the one and only answer. I do not think that is what the author wanted. I feel that in the time and efforts of questioning and searching for answers, people find light and ways.

Senor Coelho is already searching by himself - or together with readers - for values that give us strength in life through his blog and twitter. The form of arena is different, it is nothing like the one from the medieval times, but people continue to question and find answers through a new type of arena called social networking. With the answers "some will write down what (he) say(s). Others will remember (his) words." They "will set off for the four corners of the world" and "tell(ing) others what (they) have heard." I know that Senor Coelho is becoming "a centre of knowledge (...) again." I hope Korean readers will meet this book soon".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation on life, love and power of change April 30 2013
By Reader - Published on
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Paulo Coelho is probably best known for his best selling book "The Alchemist". I read "The Alchemist" and while I found it inspirational, it was not exactly a literary gem I could not part with. So when I saw this latest work being published, I decided to give Coelho a second chance. And what a present surprise I got! I do not want to be harsh and say that this is a good book becuase Coelho did not write it himself. However, the origins of the book are quite interesting.

In 1974 English archeologist Sir Walter Wilkinson discovered a manuscript while he was working on his research in Egypt. Egyptian experts confirmed that this was one out of 155 (known) copies circulating the world and that document was created around AD 1307 in Accra, region outside Egyption territory. Sir Wilkinson was allowed to take manuscript with him to England and in 1982 Paulo Coelho met Sir Wilkinson's son while vacationing in Porthmadog, Wales. That was the first time Mr. Coelho learned about the existance of this manuscript. In November 2011, this manscript was shared with Mr. Coelho and at this time the manuscript becomes available to the public.

I was amazed by the book. It does not force any religious beliefs on its reader but it rather teaches readers on how to live life. Each chapter describes human condition: defeat, defeated one(s), solitude, feeling useless/not good enough, fear of change, beauty, what direction to take in life (fire in the belly), love, choice, sex, allowing the light of love in one's life, elegance, intellectual vs. physical work, luck and success, miracles, anxiety and obsession, future, loyalty, war and finally - who are our enemies. My favorite ones are about elegance and loyalty. Loyalty is descibed as "the returning lover will never be eyed with distrust, because loyalty accompanies his every step". For elegance, the manuscript says that "elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of soul that is visible to others." and "Every tribe, every people, has values that they associate with elegance: hospitality, respect, good manners. Arrogance attracts hatred and envy. Elegance arouses respect and love".

I am keeping this book for the rest of my days on earth. It is a kind of book that in some way reminds me of Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet". While Gibran created his masterpiece as a poem, this manuscript is written in prose. Both are remarkable and showcase kind of wisdom that is not encountered every day. I only wish I could give this book 10 stars instead of 5.
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