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Manuscript Found in Accra Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 2, 2013
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“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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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.
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This book really provides a simple and universal answer to the many questions we have had or will have pertaining to "life". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dwayne DuBose
Not all his books are great, I think hes just putting them out because he has to, but the first originals from the early 90s are his best.Published 2 months ago by MeGa
This book is not a novel, but it is a number of meditation about different important aspects of life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ahlam hassan
Can read it again and again , and again 😇😇😇
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The words made my heart soar. The book caught me in a interesting place, so it helped lift me up.Published 3 months ago by DeQuan Shanks
It's so inspiring book. Talk about life from different point view. Talk about beauty, love, justice, enemies, destiny, luck and more.Published 4 months ago by Manalveg