Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

Manuscript Found in Accra

Manuscript Found in Accra
by Paulo Coelho
isbn 978-0385349833
Pub. date 4/2/13

Description: “July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city¹s gates. There, inside the ancient city¹s 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.”

This novel is absolutely fascinating. Paulo Coelho brings history alive and into the present.

When we study history in school, the focus is often on memorizing basic facts. A very significant event or time period can be reduced to a few paragraphs in a text book. It’s easy to just think about the big picture and not remember that these were real people and that these events really did impact their personal lives. When we study the people, we can better understand where we have been and where we are heading.

Paulo Coelho is Brazilian and has traveled the world expanding his mind and soul. I’ve read his other novel, The Alchemist, and am now interested in his others. He expertly crafts his words in a way that is intelligent, insightful and beautiful.

Manuscript Found in Accra is about the soul of the people who were living in Jerusalem almost a thousand years ago – their values, character, thoughts and dreams. There are religious themes, as expected, due to the location, time and setting of the story, but it’s really about the people who were there.

There are many similarities (good and bad) between people today and those in the book. We can and should learn from history in order to better ourselves and the world around us.

69 comments for “Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

  1. katklaw777
    April 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I read The Alchemist too and would like to read more of his books…thanks!

  2. Kat F.
    April 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Great author! Thanks for the chance to win one of his books.

  3. Margot C
    April 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I read ‘The Alchemist’; I would be very interested to read his new book

  4. ria clarke
    April 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    sounds very interesting!

  5. Nicole C.
    April 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I would love to read this book!

  6. Michelle
    April 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I just saw this book in the book store today.

  7. April 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I love Paulo Coelho!

  8. Lesley F
    April 22, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Would love to read

  9. Kari Flores
    April 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

    The Alchemist was a great book, can’t wait to read this one.

  10. Ed Nemmers
    April 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I enjoyed “The Alchemist”!

  11. Brenda Elsner
    April 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    This sounds great!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  12. Dena Sablotny
    April 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    This books sounds interesting, I’m trying to get some books together for summer reading! :)

  13. jules m.
    April 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    ive always wanted to read his work

  14. Veronica Garrett
    April 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    It sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. cassandra
    April 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    i loved the alchemist and would love to read this!!

  16. Lisa
    April 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    sounds like an interesting read.

  17. James Coyne
    April 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    i love a good book

  18. Gianna
    April 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Lily Kwan
    April 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    This book looks very interesting!

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