Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho…and Give-away

Paulo Coelho’s latest book, Manuscript Found in Accra, will be released on April 2, 2013. Here is a bit about the book from Random House:
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.”  
In many ways, this book reminds me of Kahlil Gibran’s book, The Prophet. It is filled with wordly wisdom such as many people cling to. While for me, the Bible will always hold the truths I live by, I do find passages which make me nod in agreement. This manuscript addresses life’s concerns such as wounds, solitude, feeling insignificant, and change. Some of my favorite quotes:

“Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them.”

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

“Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God. Not a leaf falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use. Everything has a reason to exist.”

“…the correct path is the path of nature, which is constantly changing, like the dunes in the desert.”

You can watch Paulo Coelho discuss his book here. You can listen to Jeremy Irons read from it here. And you can win a hardback copy of your very own by leaving a comment below. I will post the winner’s name one week from today on April 5, 2013.

Random Sequence Generator has listed number 9 as the winning number; therefore, my copy will be sent to Parrish Lantern, as he was the 9th commenter on this post. Congratulations, Gary!

22 thoughts on “Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho…and Give-away

  1. Bellezza, I just finished reading this one the other night and loved it. I found myself agreeing with so many of the things that Copt was saying – things that truly connected with me on a personal level. This was definitely one of my favorite reads by Coelho. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it as well 😉


  2. If this is like The Prophet I would love it. We had the book, The Prophet in our house when I was young and my father read it. This novel is definitely special. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com


  3. I've had The Alchemist on my shelves for years and have yet to read it. I had a good friend push it into my hands and tell me I needed to read it right away (head hanging with guilt now). This one sounds interesting and I like the bits you have shared with us.


  4. I have read this in Romanian last October and, being a huge Coelho fan and having read all his books, I can say this is one of his best. It is one of those books that you can always return to when you feel you are not able to see or get to the shore… I will love to reread it in English and also listen to Jeremy Irons read it to me 🙂 Oh, he also recorded the Alchemist, for those eager to hear his appealing voice 🙂


  5. I have read several books of his, years ago. Haven't read his latest ones, I admit, but I have heard only good things about the Accra one which leads me into thinking it might be actually really a good book. Would love to have a chance to read it 🙂


  6. In UK released in advance of publication date, but not yet find the time to give Manuscript Found in Accra the attention it deserves other than a glimpse of the opening pages.

    Yes, I too was reminded in style of Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, and Jesus.


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