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Manuscript Found in Accra

By Paulo Coelho

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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Format: Book
Author: Coelho, Paulo
Summary: "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.
Title: Manuscript found in Accra / by Paulo Coelho ; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Subject: Crusades -- Fiction Jerusalem -- History -- Latin Kingdom, 1099-1244 -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780385349833 (hardback) 0385349831 (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Coelho
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Bib Id: 425330

Format: Book
Author: Coelho, Paulo
Summary: "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.
Title: Manuscript found in Accra / by Paulo Coelho ; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa.
Edition: First American edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Description: xiv, 190 pages ; 20 cm
Subjects: Crusades -- Fiction
Subjects: Jerusalem -- History -- Latin Kingdom, 1099-1244 -- Fiction.
Genre: Religious fiction.
Other Author: Costa, Margaret Jull
Other Title: Manuscrito encontrado em Accra. English
Notes: "Originally published in Brazil as Manuscrito encantrado em Accra by Sextante, Rio de Janeiro, in 2012"--T.p. verso.
LCCN: 2012042426
ISBN: 9780385349833 (hardback)
ISBN: 0385349831 (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Coelho