Manuscript Found in Accra

Manuscript Found in Accra

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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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2013
ISBN: 9780385349833
Branch Call Number: COELHO
Characteristics: xiv, 190 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull

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RAKCLS
May 17, 2017

Reminded me of the book, The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

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erfar
Feb 02, 2016

Pedantic and preachy

cmlibrary_baczynski Jan 27, 2016

I absolutely loved this book.

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msemos
Nov 25, 2015

no where near the quality of the alchemist. some lines were truly mystical and worth rereading but much of it was filler, well written but not worth reading if you are looking to get something out of it.

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hibisizzy
Aug 22, 2015

Absolutely loved this book. I bought it when it originally was released and could not believe how much it truly touched my life. Highly recommend for an easy yet inspring read.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Another exquisite and elegant book from Paulo Coelho. It's not quite as good a "story" as "The Alchemist" portrays, but the message is rather enlightening and quite profound. If one takes the time to actually meditate on what is being said and truly absorb and understand the message, it will take you to place beyond worldly imagination. Upon finishing this book, I can not help but want to share it with others. Those I hold dear will understand why, and those I do not yet know will hopefully take the time to consider the story and their place in it. I have faith that they will then want to share it as well. I personally like how it very subtly incorporates understanding in the three major "religions" of the region at the time, Judaism, Muslim, and Christianity.Thank you, Paulo Coelho.

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xcalibur
Sep 30, 2014

If you enjoyed the classic work of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, then this novel is equally evocative, written with the same lyrical beauty. Coelho's story creates a kind of emotional bridge between the Crusades of the middle ages and present day Middle East.

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Memawrayne
Sep 30, 2014

More like a book of philosophy with
Christian overtones. Interesting but not at all what I expected.

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font41
Nov 19, 2013

Fabulously written tranlation from the 11 century as Accra was under seige by French Crusaders. Occupants knew their fate, and sought guidance on how to face lifes coming destruction.
Much of what is discussed has tremendous insights into the human psyche. One can read each 4-5 page section separately if so desired. A Copt is giving advise, but he brings in at the end, a Rabbi, an Imam, and a Priest.
Success, Elegance, two of the topics have timely reference in today's world. A very exciting read.

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delfon
Nov 18, 2013

translation of an archaic text dated from July 14, 1009 in Accra just before its fall to French Crusaders.
Somewhat similar to Gilgamesh of 3000 BCE by Mason.
A Copt gives advise to various qustioners on matters of their: lives such as success, love, ankxiety, elegance, words, and so on. A very fond read.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

The most important war is not waged with a lofty spirit or a soul accepting its fate. It is the war that is going on now, as we speak, and whose battlefield is the Spirit, where Good and Evil, Courage and Cowardice, Love and Fear face one another. ...
The world is not divided into enemies and friends, but into the weak and the strong.
The strong are generous in victory.
The weak gang up on the losers, unaware that defeat is only a transitory thing.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

The truly wise do not grieve over the living or the dead. Therefore, accept the battle that awaits you tomorrow because we are made of the Eternal Spirit, which often places us in situations that we need to confront.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

...the great wisdom of life is to realize that we can be the masters of the things that try to enslave us.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Anxiety is a part of love, and should not be blamed because of that.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Because friendship is one of the many faces of Love, and Love is not swayed by opinions; Love accepts its companion unconditionally and allows each to grow in his or her own way.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Love is an act of faith, not an exchange.
Contradictions are what make love grow. Conflicts are what allow love to remain by our side.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Pity those who think: "I am not beautiful. That's why Love has not knocked on my door." In fact, Love did knock, but when they opened the door, they weren't prepared to welcome Love in.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

“Because nature longs for beauty, and is satisfied only when beauty can be exalted. Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible, and it manifests itself in the light that flows from our eyes. ...
The eyes are the mirrors of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and, like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them. So if the person looking into someone's eyes has a dark soul, he will see only his own ugliness.”

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

Religions teach that faith and transformation are the only ways of drawing near to God.
Faith shows us that we are never alone.
Transformation helps us love the mystery.

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

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

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Jun 10, 2015

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DouglasLinn
Jun 10, 2015

A "sage" of sorts answers inquiries from villagers on the brink of being decimated by French "Crusaders" during the time of Roman Catholic oppression of free thought. The answers are profound, enlightening, and inspiring.

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