Manuscript Found in Accra

Manuscript Found in Accra

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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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780385349833
0385349831
Characteristics: xiv, 190 p.
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull

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RAKCLS
May 17, 2017

Reminded me of the book, The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

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erfar
Feb 02, 2016

Pedantic and preachy

cmlibrary_baczynski Jan 27, 2016

I absolutely loved this book.

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msemos
Nov 25, 2015

no where near the quality of the alchemist. some lines were truly mystical and worth rereading but much of it was filler, well written but not worth reading if you are looking to get something out of it.

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hibisizzy
Aug 22, 2015

Absolutely loved this book. I bought it when it originally was released and could not believe how much it truly touched my life. Highly recommend for an easy yet inspring read.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Another exquisite and elegant book from Paulo Coelho. It's not quite as good a "story" as "The Alchemist" portrays, but the message is rather enlightening and quite profound. If one takes the time to actually meditate on what is being said and truly absorb and understand the message, it will take you to place beyond worldly imagination. Upon finishing this book, I can not help but want to share it with others. Those I hold dear will understand why, and those I do not yet know will hopefully take the time to consider the story and their place in it. I have faith that they will then want to share it as well. I personally like how it very subtly incorporates understanding in the three major "religions" of the region at the time, Judaism, Muslim, and Christianity.Thank you, Paulo Coelho.

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xcalibur
Sep 30, 2014

If you enjoyed the classic work of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, then this novel is equally evocative, written with the same lyrical beauty. Coelho's story creates a kind of emotional bridge between the Crusades of the middle ages and present day Middle East.

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Memawrayne
Sep 30, 2014

More like a book of philosophy with
Christian overtones. Interesting but not at all what I expected.

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font41
Nov 19, 2013

Fabulously written tranlation from the 11 century as Accra was under seige by French Crusaders. Occupants knew their fate, and sought guidance on how to face lifes coming destruction.
Much of what is discussed has tremendous insights into the human psyche. One can read each 4-5 page section separately if so desired. A Copt is giving advise, but he brings in at the end, a Rabbi, an Imam, and a Priest.
Success, Elegance, two of the topics have timely reference in today's world. A very exciting read.

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delfon
Nov 18, 2013

translation of an archaic text dated from July 14, 1009 in Accra just before its fall to French Crusaders.
Somewhat similar to Gilgamesh of 3000 BCE by Mason.
A Copt gives advise to various qustioners on matters of their: lives such as success, love, ankxiety, elegance, words, and so on. A very fond read.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

The most important war is not waged with a lofty spirit or a soul accepting 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. ...
The world is not divided into enemies and friends, but into the weak and the strong.
The strong are generous in victory.
The weak gang up on the losers, unaware that defeat is only a transitory thing.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

The truly wise do not grieve over the living or the dead. Therefore, accept the battle that awaits you tomorrow because we are made of the Eternal Spirit, which often places us in situations that we need to confront.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

...the great wisdom of life is to realize that we can be the masters of the things that try to enslave us.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Anxiety is a part of love, and should not be blamed because of that.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Because friendship is one of the many faces of Love, and Love is not swayed by opinions; Love accepts its companion unconditionally and allows each to grow in his or her own way.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Love is an act of faith, not an exchange.
Contradictions are what make love grow. Conflicts are what allow love to remain by our side.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Pity those who think: "I am not beautiful. That's why Love has not knocked on my door." In fact, Love did knock, but when they opened the door, they weren't prepared to welcome Love in.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

“Because nature longs for beauty, and is satisfied only when beauty can be exalted. Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible, and it manifests itself in the light that flows from our eyes. ...
The eyes are the mirrors of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and, like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them. So if the person looking into someone's eyes has a dark soul, he will see only his own ugliness.”

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Religions teach that faith and transformation are the only ways of drawing near to God.
Faith shows us that we are never alone.
Transformation helps us love the mystery.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Just as Love is the divine condition, so solitude is the human condition. And for those who understand the miracle of life, those two states peacefully coexist.

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Jun 10, 2015

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

A "sage" of sorts answers inquiries from villagers on the brink of being decimated by French "Crusaders" during the time of Roman Catholic oppression of free thought. The answers are profound, enlightening, and inspiring.

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