Alchemy

04.08.1311:19 AM ET

First Read: Paulo Coelho

Listen to the actor Jeremy Irons read from an excerpt of bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s new novel, Manuscript Found in Accra.

July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, people have gathered to hear a mysterious man known as the Copt. Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra is the story of the Copt’s address about fear and hope. Here, the actor Jeremy Irons reads from the beginning of the novel, setting the stage for the Copt’s speech.

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