The author creates a premise of a manuscript left undiscovered for 700 years that is found and shared with the world. Though it is a fictional premise it is written as though fact in the introduction of the book.
The people ask the wise man to speak on topics related and seemingly unrelated to the invasion they await, being more an opportunity to reflect upon the questions of life rather than to find some resolution in them.
The topics range from defeat and solitude, beauty, love, sex, elegance, luck and the future. The Copt reflects on each in a sense of spiritual philosophy and gives the answers as he knows them.
The book is very easy to read and takes little time to finish. Some of the images and ideas are very beautiful and clear, while others are less so. Manuscriptfound in Accra, is essentially a dialogue between a philosophical author and his audience; we the reader.
As in many of his other books, Coelho has the talent to make the world appear a much bigger and more beautiful place in all its mystery. There were words written in this book that spoke directly to me and I would expect that anyone with similar philosophical questions, could find on some level the same.
However there were also passages that I found too obscure. The entire chapter on uselessness felt ironically clumsy in its expression and the one on elegance quite irrelevant to the story.
I did not feel that the topics linked as well as they might have but enjoyed greatly the discussion of them and the new ideas to take away with me. This is the gift of Coelho, that he gives a new way to see the world that may lead to new questions of your own and new answers. Sound obscurely philosophical? Well, just ask Copt.