Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho; a pure book review is available here.

I don’t know why it took me so long to finish this book. It is a rather thin copy with a mere 190 pages. My copy was the uncorrected proof version. I began reading this in early January but only managed to finish reading it on February 13.

There is no storyline in Manuscript Found in Accra book . Most of what you will read has been transcribed from the contents of manuscripts believed to have originated from the city of Accra, outside Egypt territory.

The story begins on July 14, 1099 in Jerusalem. Its people need to face the inevitable as they were waiting for the invasion by crusaders. Two choices were given to them – abandon the city or fight to the death.

While waiting for the worst to come, they took the time to sit down and engage in a sort of Q and A session with the Copt, described as a strange man who had left his native city of Athens to go in search of money and adventure when he was an adolescent. Believing him to be a learned man, the villagers gathered around him and asked him questions while listening to what he had to say.

The Copt spoke on defeat, solitude, self-esteem, change, beauty, love, sex, elegance, luck, miracles, anxiety, the future, loyalty and enemies. I can’t believe they even asked questions on certain topics in such a dire situation!

Anyway, Manuscript Found in Accra is just a book filled with advice that one could refer to, reflect or use in troubled times. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I think those who like to read self-help books might like this book. The words of advice in it certainly apply to everyone no matter young or old but there have been suggestions to gift this book to young adults and young graduates looking for a clear direction in life!

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