Writer: Paulo Coelho
Punlisher: HarperCollins Publishers (2013)
Bought at: Kinokuniya Nge Ann City (SGD 23,54)- thanks to my Dad!
“After lying undiscovered for over 700 years, a manuscript holding the answers to a city’s final questions is unearthed.
Centuries before, on the eve of the invasion of Accra, the citizens gathered. A man stood before them and invited the people to share their fears, that he might offer hope and comfort.
His extraordinary insights on courage, solitude, loyalty and loss were transcribed and passed on.
A timeless and powerful exploration of personal growth, everyday wisdom and joy.”
Paulo Coleho is the master of inspirational writings. Whether it’s in the form of novel, memoir, poems or other literature devices, his writings are always full of depth and insights. That why, it needs a right mood to enjoy his books, because sometimes his writings are a bit too preachy for some people’s tastes.
I read Manuscript Found in Accra without too much expectation, and turned out I loved its tone of wisdom and guidance. It tells a story of one night in Accra, hundreds of years ago, when the people waiting anxiously for a war that would happen in the next day. Some people were scared, some were having regrets, some didn’t want to leave their home, and some hated to have to say goodbye to their loved ones.
But their problems and questions can relate well to every reader, because it’s still relevant to our current life. If you are the type of reader who likes to highlight every memorable quote, please be prepared to have your book full of colors!
Some of my favorite quotes:
“If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.” — about loneliness
“Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough & that makes all the difference.” — about our identity
“Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious.”, and “You might have lost some major battles, but you survived and you’re still here.” — about failure