16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2013
This is one of the best books I have read. Paulo has the words and the insights to help us rebuild this new society that we all need. Probably one of the best Paulo's books since The Alchemist. In the Manuscript I have found all of Paulo's messages in one book. I really recommed Maniscrupt found in Accra to all those we need to see life with new hope and need to find the right values to buil it. It is also a book to give away to those you love. Paulo is finally giving us his sword as he himself says in the book: "this is not a peace deal is a sword to fight for a better world".
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2013
I am happy to be the first Korean reader to read Paulo Coelho's new book Manuscript found in Accra.
I was surprised. It felt as if Senor Coelho had established his own religion for people living in this era. I had a feeling I was making conversations with him through my heart. I thought that the way people ask and search for answers when facing a war about to break out appear similar to the way people might have asked and found answers for themselves in tragic circumstances like the 9/11 terror attacks. This is when I understood the sentence "which are the values that remain when everything is destroyed?"
I find that the basis for the 20 questions appearing in the book is from our "fear." Fear of losing, fear of loneliness, fear of being unworthy, fear of change, fear of love, fear of the flow of time, fear of sex, and fear of obligations to support his family. For the fear, it gives people the reason to ask questions about successful people, about miracles and about their future. Fear and insecurity are emotions that seem to exist regardless of time. So naturally when everything is destroyed, the remaining values are no doubt ways to defeat "fear and insecurity." It felt as though the author was trying to encourage readers to defeat "fear and insecurity" by seeking ways together with him. I do not think that the answer from the Copt - in other words, the author - is the one and only answer. I do not think that is what the author wanted. I feel that in the time and efforts of questioning and searching for answers, people find light and ways.
Senor Coelho is already searching by himself - or together with readers - for values that give us strength in life through his blog and twitter. The form of arena is different, it is nothing like the one from the medieval times, but people continue to question and find answers through a new type of arena called social networking. With the answers "some will write down what (he) say(s). Others will remember (his) words." They "will set off for the four corners of the world" and "tell(ing) others what (they) have heard." I know that Senor Coelho is becoming "a centre of knowledge (...) again." I hope Korean readers will meet this book soon
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2013
The book has been my companion for many nights. I'm reading it for the second time and, this time, the paragraphs which called my attention are not the same. Truth is there are very subtle lessons to be learned in the Manuscript. One of the best, for me, is about finding (or looking for) your true friends among people who are convinced of what they are and of what they do in their lives. I'm personally frustrated with friends who put lots of expectations on what you can do for them instead. Again, Coelho has the power to touch my heart, with very simple words.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2013
"Reading his Manuscript Found in Accra is both a challenge and a joy which lead us not through a crowded road, quite the opposite - it is a road taken by seekers. A road more demanding but more reliable in return. We do not take a big risk with Coelho because there is love on both ends (beginnings) of his road. The roads are long for the slow ones; lives are short for the great ones. Due to Manuscript Found in Accra our lives become longer and our roads shorter. Those who are blessed master this book. Go and read in peace."
Jozef Banás (Slovakian writer)
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
Any readers of Paulo Coelho's novels will be familiar with his style; the conceit of the master, the guide, the religious links, to all religions and none, the sound bites, the lessons about life. All exist here told honestly, and written with a clear voice that seeks to find understanding in all languages. I think Paulo is an optimist who has decided to 'sell' humanity a new selection of 'reasons to enjoy life' and he makes his case very beautifully in this book. The proximity of death or possible death hangs over us all, so what are our options? To accept, to be scared, or to dare to believe in something greater, which makes death meaningless?
Over the years I, as many readers have, expected more 'alchemists' only to be surprised, delighted and perhaps sometimes disappointed in the characters Paulo chooses to write about. In my view this book comes closes to the strength of power that exists in The Alchemist. There is so much in it to consider, develop and make personal that it requires re-reading. This writer is successful and popular - what he has achieved in my view, requires significantly more recognition not only for his talent as a writer, but for what his books do for people, for what they have done for me. Highly recommended to all at a time when the world is changing so fast that we constantly feel that a shadow is hanging over us - I guarantee that here is a chink of light.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Manuscript Found in Accra" by Paulo Coelho is novel full of wisdom which can be read many times, and yet every time find in it something new.
The story is set at the end of 11th century when Jerusalem is besieged by the Crusaders and its inhabitants of all regions - Jewish, Christian, and Muslim - are awaiting its fall...
The story takes place there, and people are those, but actually it's a universal theme of a man who is afraid of big changes that will alter all that he has been accustomed to on and may even cause his disappearance...
And all those people in fear sit around and listen to the mysterious man, called The Copt, who tell them stories and respond to their questions about some important things in life, those that matters.
Things like love, wisdom, beauty, sex, elegance, and what tomorrow brings them...
He answers them sometimes simple, sometimes complicated, using quotes from their sacred books or his own wisdom, but his answers are wise, and residents' fear is slowly replaced by some other feelings...
"Manuscript Found in Accra" is intelligent novel that can and should be read more than once due to its wisdom providing a mixture of philosophy and fiction that can be connected to different life circles having impact on way the ordinary people are thinking.
On the other hand, the advices reader learn from this novel are nice, although it's questionable how much and when could they be practically applied to our lives.
Maybe a mistake is looking at it as a simple and ordinary book, while its wisdom is useful to those which with its help will rise to a higher level of spirituality, who knows...
But due to these questions is absolutely certain that it will be completely different understood from someone young and inexperienced, and someone who has passed a lot in life - it seems that this novel is for these last, there is not much entertainment in here, there are much more life lessons...
Overall, although its theme and setting sounded sad and depressed, this last work from man who wrote worldwide known "Alchemist" is actually pleasant and somehow uplifting.
And mostly due to that I can recommend it for reading, although it's up to each reader to see whether and to what extent in her/his life can wisdom from the book be applied.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2013
I read the alchemist years and years ago. I was left with the impression it was one of the best books I've ever read and Paulo Coelho as one of my favourite writers (even though I didn't read many more of his books right after that). Then, some years later (about two years ago) there was a time when I felt a bit stuck and didn't know which direction my life was going to go, I am sure everyone knows what I am talking about. I went to a book store and picked up the Pilgrimage and it made me believe in magic again, and if magic exists, why can't all my dreams come true? I read many other of his books, all very different from each other and with a different message. I also reread the Alchemist and I am not lying... changes started to happen in my life. I am not saying that oh... you read a book and you life changes, but if you are open to believe and to see things from a different perspective and apply this to your life one bit at a time, yes, your life can change and all your dreams can become true. Paulo teaches you that the only thing between you and your dreams is YOU... believing in yourself and that everything is possible. Now, Manuscript found in Accra came in another time in my life when I needed it the most... I remember reading some bits and just feeling very overwhelmed (almost to the point of crying) because it felt as if someone knew exactly what I was feeling and thinking and knew exactly what I needed to hear so I could move on. I love it because I can reread it and every time I get a different feeling and learn a different lesson. As Paulo, I firmly believe the universe is conspiring for everything to happen in the most perfect way. So, even finding this book is part of what you're meant to learn and where you're meant to go. One more thing, I love how Paulo is not just the positive thinking and believing in yourself, but it also has a spiritual meaning. In this world where many are scared of mentioning God in fear of scaring readers, he isn't and this is why his message has more meaning than any other inspirational or positive thinking books or material out there. You will not regret reading this book, and if you are not already in it, immersing yourself in Paulo's beautiful world!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2013
A very interesting read, thoroughly enjoyed it. Made one think about life. Always enjoy Paul Coelho books.
Another splendid read.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2013
One of the biggest disappointments about this book is that it is overpriced for what it is. The book is pretty much a short story which has been disguised as a novel. The size of the actual book is smaller than a standard book, the font size of the actual text is also a lot larger than normal and to top it off there are pages with barely any text and some "creative" spacing of those that do. When you consider the book is 208 pages of which 194 is the story, this with proper spacing and text size would have meant the story would easily fit on a 100 pages of its current small size. To charge the price of a standard novel is a bit of cheek and quite a slap in the face for his fans. I am mentioning this at the start so if you are yet to buy it you bare this in mind so you can consider how much you are willing to pay for it.
I actually enjoyed reading the book. The actual content was full of Coehlo's usual thought provoking statements which prompt the self reflection that make his work so good. However, their is no story per se in the book and barely a link between the chapters. It would have been alot better if Coehlo had simply treated it as quote book with the headings indexed so you have the choice to flick between the bits that "interest" you rather than it's current setup because it quite simply doesn't work and comes across as him trying and failing to link unconnected things together.
If this book had been set out differently I would have quite happily given this 4 or maybe even 5 stars however trying to make out that a story is being told when clearly it's not has let it down. With my rating I didn't take into account the fact that it's a rip off at it's current price as that is more the publishers fault and it will go cheaper.
It is an enjoyable book that is definetly worth reading. I know that I will read it again and I have even earmarked some quotes from it too.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2013
I received my copy from HarperCollins through Nudge.
The year is 1099 (or 4859 or 492, depending on which faith you belong to) and Jerusalem, a place where three Faiths live peacefully side by side, is about to be invaded by crusaders. A man from Athens, known as the Copt, talks to the citizens of Jerusalem. He isn't a Jew, Christian or Muslim and
"..believes only in the present moment and what he calls Moira -the unknown god,The Divine Energy, responsible for a single law, which, if ever broken, will bring about the end of the world."
In the tradition of ancient Greece the Copt will answer questions about everyday life so that through the preservation of his words the soul of Jerusalem may be also be preserved. Every chapter starts with a simple question, as posed by one of those listening. The beauty of those questions is that they are as relevant today as they may have been in 1099 or at any other time in the future or in the past. They are the sort of questions we all ask ourselves; some regularly others infrequently or only once. Questions about fear, true enemies, defeat and struggle lead on to inquiries about the will to change, and the virtues of loyalty and solitude. Finally the questions that remain are those about beauty, sex, elegance, love, wisdom and what the future holds. And if you take your time reading the answers you will find that these are also simple; definitely profound but not complicated. Nothing much is required of us except that we live our best life and do so from a place of love. Which, of course, is nowhere near as simple as it sounds.
For example, the following is what the Copt has to say in answer to the question: what is success?:
"It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace."
When night has fallen and the invasion is imminent the Copt tells those who listened to him to go out into the world and share that which they have heard, because:
"Do not think that I am come to spread peace upon the Earth. No, from this night on, we will travel the world bearing an invisible sword, so that we can fight the demons of intolerance and lack of understanding."
Manuscript found in Accra is exactly what you expect it to be: deep, inspirational, spiritual and thought-provoking. Paulo Coelho is very good at what he set out to do when he first released The Alchemist; he sought to bring inspiration and insight to many and twenty-five years later that is exactly what he is still doing. And as with every single one of Coelho's previous works, this isn't the sort of book you read once, place on a shelf and never look at again. This book contains information that you will find yourself revisiting time and again. There may be times when you only re-read one particular section of the book because it is relevant to your life at that particular time. While at other times you may feel the need to re-read the whole book because you need to make sense of the world as a whole. Although a lot of the wisdom and sentiments in this book are things we have read and heard before it doesn't hurt to be reminded of them. On the other hand, not everything in this book appears familiar. There are also chapters, like the one on elegance, that explain the spirituality in places where I have never thought to look for it:
"Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others."
This is a book to read slowly, allowing the words to sink in. A book to keep in an accessible place so that you can pick it up whenever you need some spiritual encouragement to get you through the day. Don't let the ease with which this book can be read mislead you. It would be very easy to just fly through the book over the course of an afternoon, and you would probably enjoy the read as well. But, unless you take the time to savour the words and think about them, you are going to miss a lot.