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The latest novel from #1 internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho is a classic of inspiration and reflection, a meditation on life, love, and the significance of change. A novel of philosophical reflection set in Jerusalem during the time of the Crusades. Here a community of Christians, Arabs, and Jews who have long lived together harmoniously have been warned of an imminent attack and certain destruction. Contemplating their demise, the community assembles to seek the wise counsel of a Greek Copt, who imparts comforting and guiding wisdom on the enduring attributes of human character. The novel unfolds as a sequence of parables on love, faith, sex, friendship, beauty, bravery, loyalty, and success.
About The Author Paulo Coelho is the author of many international bestsellers, including The Pilgrimage, The Alchemist, The Fifth Mountain, Eleven Minutes, and Aleph. In 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2009, he received the Guinness World Record for the Most Translated Author for the same book (The Alchemist).
Biography His books have been translated into 56 languages, topped bestseller lists throughout the world, and scored him such celebrity fans as Julia Roberts, Bill Clinton, and Madonna; yet for Brazilian publishing phenom Paulo Colho, the road to success has been strewn with a number of obstacles, many of them rooted in his troubled past. As a youth, Coelho was expected to follow in the footsteps of his father, a professional engineer. When he rebelled, expressing his intentions to become a writer, his parents had him committed to a psychiatric hospital where he was subjected to electro-shock therapy. He left home to join the 1970s countercultural revolution, experimenting with drugs, dabbling in black magic, and getting involved in Brazil's bohemian art and music scene. He teamed with rock musician Raul Seixas for an extremely successful songwriting partnership that changed the face of Brazilian pop -- and put a lot of money in Coelho's pockets. He also joined an anti-capitalist organization called the Alternative Society which attracted the attention of Brazil's military dictatorship. Marked down as a subversive, he was imprisoned and tortured. Amazingly, Coelho survived these horrific experiences. He left the hippie lifestyle behind, went to work in the record industry, and began to write, but without much success. Then, in the mid-1980s, during a trip to Europe, he met a man, an unnamed mentor he refers to only as "J," who inducted him into Regnum Agnus Mundi, a secret society that blends Catholicism with a sort of New Age mysticism. At J's urging, Coelho journeyed across el Camino de Santiago, the legendary Spanish road traversed by pilgrims since the Middle Ages. He chronicled this life-changing, 500-mile journey -- the culmination of decades of soul-searching -- in The Pilgrimage, published in 1987. The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist, the inspirational fable for which he is best known. The first edition sold so poorly the publisher decided not to reprint it. Undaunted, Coelho moved to a larger publishing house that seemed more interested in his work. When his third novel (1990's Brida) proved successful, the resulting media buzz carried The Alchemist all the way to the top of the charts. Released in the U.S. by HarperCollins in 1993, The Alchemist became a word-of-mouth sensation, turning Coelho into a cult hero. Since then, he has gone on to create his own distinct literary brand -- an amalgam of allegory and self-help filled with spiritual themes and symbols. In his novels, memoirs, and aphoristic nonfiction, he returns time and again to the concepts of quest and transformation and has often said that writing has helped connect him to his soul. While his books have not always been reviewed favorably and have often become the subject of strong cultural and philosophical debate, there is no doubt that this self-described "pilgrim writer" has struck a chord in readers everywhere. In the 2009 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records, Coelho was named the most translated living author -- with William Shakespeare the most translated of all time!
Good To Know Few writers are able to accomplish what Coelho can in just two to four weeks -- which is how long it takes for him to write an entire novel. Before become a bestselling novelist, Coelho was a writer of a different sort. He co-wrote more than 60 songs with Brazilian musician Raul Seixas. Coelho is the founder of the Paulo Coelho Institute, a non-profit organization funded by his royalties that raises money for underprivileged children and the elderly in his homeland of Brazil. In our interview with Coelho, he shared some fascinating facts about himself: "I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind." "In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation."
"I love almost everything about my work, except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul."
Reviews From Barnes & Noble
Though set in Jerusalem during the final year of the eleventh century, this Paolo Coehlo fable reverberates with contemporary meaning. In the novel, Christians, Jews, and Arabs who have lived peacefully together must now contemplate the prospect of their demise at the hands of Crusaders. Searching for consolation, if not resolution, they consult a Greek Copt wise man. Hailed in reviews as the universal work yet by the author of the international bestseller Aleph. Publishers Weekly
A self-help sheen hangs over this book by the internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist, which reads much more like a collection of bland aphorisms than a work of fiction. It is Jerusalem, the year 1099, and as French soldiers prepare to invade, a group gathers around a trite sage known as â€œthe Copt.â€ The topics broached are wide-ranging and somewhat random: a young woman asks about solitude and the Copt gives her a circuitous answer: â€œIf you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. And if you do not know yourself, you will begin to fear the void. But the void does not exist.â€ A boy, worrying he may be useless, is told: â€œDonâ€™t try to be useful. Try to be yourself; that is enough, and that makes all the difference.â€ Another woman decides that the time is right to ask about elegance and is told that elegance is more about how one wears clothes than the clothes themselves. If Coelho is attempting parody, he has failed, this being both too long and too broad. The wisdom to be found here could be found in many other, better places. Agent: Sant Jordi Asociados (Spain). (Apr.) Kirkus Reviews
Another treacly and pseudo-profound set of pronouncements, these from "the Copt," a Greek living in Jerusalem at the end of the 11th century. The conceit of the book is that, in 1974, Sir Walter Wilkinson discovered a papyrus manuscript written in Arabic, Hebrew and Latin. (Coelho is, if nothing else, eclectic in his cultural attributions.) This manuscript, purportedly revealing the wisdom of the Copt on the eve of the capture of Jerusalem by French crusaders in 1099, is in the form of call and response from various townspeople--Muslims, Christians and Jews. A sample setup: "And someone said: â€˜When everything looks black, we need to raise our spirits. So, talk to us about beauty.' " This is all the opening the Copt needs to pontificate in a style reminiscent of warmed-over Kahlil Gibran: "All the beings created under the sun, from birds to mountains, from flowers to rivers, reflect the miracle of creation." Or, "to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly." Or, "[e]verything is permitted, if everything is accepted." Coelho's style is terse and epigrammatic, but despite the framing device, there's really no narrative here, only a series of assertions that reflect the Copt's surprisingly New-Age sensibilities. On the other hand, perhaps this isn't so surprising since at the beginning of the manuscript, the Copt announces that he "do[es] not believe very much will change in the next thousand years." This "novel" will appeal to those who like their philosophy predigested yet served on platters. From the Publisher
â€˜One of the few to deserve the term â€œpublishing phenomenonâ€â€™ Independent on Sunday â€˜His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.â€™ The Times â€˜His writing is like a path of energy that inadvertently leads readers to themselves, toward their mysterious and faraway souls.â€™ Le Figaro
â€˜Coelhoâ€™s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what countsâ€¦ he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.â€™ Daily Express â€˜An exceptional writer.' USA Today â€˜I love The Alchemist.â€™ Oprah Winfrey â€˜The Alchemist is a beautiful book about magic, dreams and the treasures we seek elsewhere and then find on our doorstep.â€™ Madonna â€˜One of my favourite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelhoâ€¦I feel very strongly that we are who we choose to be.â€™ Will Smith â€˜I always recommend The Alchemistâ€™ Russell Crowe â€˜The Alchemist is a story about the endless search of finding out who you truly are. On the road for most of our lives, sometimes itâ€™s difficult to find something to grasp on to, to define who you are and where you belongâ€”and reading The Alchemist truly made me appreciate my family and band and those close to and around me. It brought some stability into our wild ride of a life.â€™ Joe Jonas
"And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly." ~ pg. 54 Manuscript Found in Accra is the latest novel from internationally known best-selling author Paulo Coelho. It is set in Jerusalem on July 14, 1099. A community of Christians, Arabs and Jews assemble to seek guidance of a Greek philosopher named Copt. He summoned the people of Jerusalem to ask questions as they await the invasion of crusaders. The townspeople have questions about fear, defeat, love, loyalty, success, faith and many more topics we experience as humans. The Copt answers the questions in a precise, beautiful way. Simple wisdom at its finest. Manuscript Found in Accra follows the tradition of The Alchemist and of Paulo Coelho's tweets. The parables are brief lessons full of wisdom and spiritual themes that will inspire readers and maybe spur a moment of reflection. It may be a short novel at less than 200 pages but it is meaningful and guaranteed to impact readers' lives. "Therefore, Lord, give us this day our daily miracle. And forgive us if we are not always capable of recognizing it." ~ pg. 137 Manuscript Found in Accra has certainly made my Best Books of the year list. It is a book I will definitely re-read because the knowledge within applies to my everyday life and actually changed my perspective on a couple things. I'm glad I did not hesitate adding this book to my personal library for reading pleasure and as a life reference. If you thought The Alchemist was a life-changing book, then you will appreciate this profound read. "Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement. If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself." ~ pgs. 29-30 Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
I have always loved Paulo Coelho’s books; they are so concise in a great way, so beautiful but challenging. He is simple but profound and his histories will make you rethink your whole world. Because all of that, I expected “Manuscript found in Accra” to be great. And it just… is. As other Coelho’s books, it takes you to another world and the story surrounds you in a beautiful way. You can’t stop reading and you see yourself immersed in a charming but deep history.
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.
A must read for all of us looking for the walls to tear down to discover our passion and true love devine energy within Finding the courage to step beyond our comfort to an adventure of discovering and living our soul purpose Truely Inspired me to jump in deeper than I felt comfortable
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