Manuscript Found in Accra

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Paulo Coelho’s latest book, Manuscript Found in Accra, was published on February this year.

Since I learned about this publication written by a great author, I have been hankering to own a hard copy of it. As soon as I bought a copy of Manuscript Found in Accra, I began reading it. Although I was not able to continuously read it, I spent most of my free time diving into the world where the setting is.

So it was July 14, 1099 and Jerusalem anticipates an invasion of the crusaders. People were gathered in an ancient city wherein the Copt, a mysterious man who addresses the truth to the townspeople. The Copt’s wise words were believed to have come from the manuscript in the early centuries.

Men’s curiosity shaped quintessential questions which have been humbly answered by the Copt, which include:
  • They can destroy the city, but they cannot destroy everything the city has taught us, which is why it is vital that this knowledge does not suffer the same fate as our walls, houses, and streets. But what is knowledge? It isn’t the absolute truth about life and death, but the thing that helps us to live and confront the challenges of day-to-day life. It isn’t what we learn from books, which serves only to fuel futile arguments about what happened or will happen; it is knowledge that lives in the hearts of men and women of good will.

  • The defeated are those who never fail. Defeat means that we lose a particular battle or war. Failure does not allow us to go on fighting. Defeat comes when we fail to get something we very much want. Failure does not allow us to dream. Its motto is: ‘Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.’ Defeat ends when we launch into another battle. Failure has no end; it is a lifetime choice.

  • Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God. Not a leaf from a tree falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use. Everything has a reason to exist.

  • Only the person who accepts God’s plan with humility and courage knows that he is on the right road.

  • We love because Love sets us free, and we say things that we once never even had the courage to whisper to ourselves. We make a decision we kept putting off. We learn to say know without thinking of that word as somehow cursed. We learn to say yes without fearing the consequences. We forget everything we were taught about Love, because each encounter is different and brings its own agonies and ecstasies.

  • Anyone who does not share his moments of joy and discouragement with others will never fully know his own qualities and his own defects.

  • Your friends are the sort who do not wait for things to happen in order to decide which attention to take; they decide on the spur of the moment, even though they know it could be risky.

  • 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 learned to live with storms.

And my favorite quote from this fiction is “In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat; there is only movement.”

I am enormously encouraging my readers to consider Manuscript Found in Accra in their to-read list.

More quotations that many people, I believe, could relate are posted here. A number of them is so coherent; it is likely to be applied in real life.