Paulo Coelho, author of Manuscript Found in Accra, on tour April 2013

Posted By on March 8, 2013

About Manuscript Found in Accra

  • 978-0-385-34983-3Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (April 2, 2013)

The latest novel from the #1 internationally best-selling author of The Alchemist.

 There is nothing wrong with anxietyAlthough 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.

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.”

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.

authAbout Paulo Coelho

One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The AlchemistAleph,Eleven Minutes and The Pilgrimage. Translated into 74 languages, his books have sold more than 140 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and in 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

To connect with Paulo Coelho, visit his website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Paulo Coelho’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, March 18th:  Patricia’s Wisdom

Monday, March 25th:  Book Club Classics

Tuesday, March 26th:  Mom in Love with Fiction

Thursday, April 4th:  Well Read Wife

Friday, April 5th:  Dwell in Possibility

Monday, April 8th:  Fiction Addict

Thursday, April 11th:  Shall Write

Monday, April 15th:  A Philosopher’s Blog

Tuesday, April 16th:  Lavish Bookshelf

Thursday, April 18th:  Broken Teepee

Monday, April 22nd:  A Book Geek

Friday, April 26th:  The Way Forward

Monday, April 29th:  Book Snob

Wednesday, May 1st:  Reading Between the Lines

Thursday, May 2nd:  West Metro Mommy

Monday, May 6th:  Aspire2

Thursday, May 9th:  Luxury Reading


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