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Paulo Coelho , Jeremy Irons
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2 April 2013

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

There is nothing wrong with anxiety.
Although 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.
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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.” 
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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.  

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (2 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385367783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385367783
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 11.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947. He has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and his work has been translated into 67 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Legion d'Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. He writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world.

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His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people --The Times

One of the few to deserve the term publishing phenomenon --Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. He has sold more than 140 million books worldwide and been translated into over 72 languages. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words that are swords 8 April 2013
By Kirsten
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".
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic Perfection 28 Mar 2013
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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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manuscript found in Accra 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)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
"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...
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