The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

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Gibran, through this philosopher, is able to provide cogent, succinct wisdom on each of these subjects in 2 to 4 pages.
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Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.

The Prophet
is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.

Each essay reveals deep insights into the impulses of the human heart and mind. The Chicago Post said of The Prophet: “Cadenced and vibrant with feeling, the words of Kahlil Gibran bring to one’s ears the majestic rhythm of Ecclesiastes . . . If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man’s philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth.”

With twelve full-page drawings by Gibran, this beautiful work makes an incredible gift for anyone seeking enlightenment and inspiration.

About Kahlil Gibran

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Kahlil Gibran was born on January 6, 1883 in Northern Lebanon. He did not receive any formal education as a small child but had regular visits from the local priest who taught him the essentials of religion and the Bible, and the Syrian and Arabic languages. At the age of eight, Gibran's father was accused of tax evasion and thrown into an Ottoman jail. The authorities confiscated all of the family's possessions and the family had to stay with relatives. Gibran's strong and independent mother decided that it would be best for her family to start a new life in America, and on June 25, 1895, they emigrated to the United States. Gibran's father was released in 1894 but refused to join the family in the move. The rest of the family settled in Boston's South End, a highly Arabic community in which they felt very comfortable. They took over the running of a dry goods store and Gibran began to attend Boston public schools. In 1896, Gibran met Fred Holland Day, who opened up many cultural doors for Gibran, showing him the wonders of the artistic community that thrived in Boston. Day had Gibran's images made into cover designs for books in 1898, earning Gibran fame at an early age in the Boston art circles. His family, not wanting Gibran to be lost in this new world, forced him to return to Lebanon to complete his education and learn the Arabic language. In 1898 he enrolled in Madrasat-al-Hikmah, a Masonite-founded school, which offered a nationalistic curriculum partial to church writings, history and liturgy. The curriculum was not challenging to Gibran and he ordered it tailored to his specifications. The teachers complied, and Gibran immersed himself in the Arabic language bible. He finished college in 1902, after learning Arabic, French, and excelling in poetry. He returned to the U. S. soon after, after being notified that his sister had fallen ill. Upon his return, Gibran was forced to take over control of the family business when both his mother and brother became ill as well. All three family members died and Gibran sold the business and put all of his focus on his poetry and improving his Arabic and English. On May 3, 1904, Gibran hosted his first art exhibit, which featured his allegorical and symbolic charcoal drawings. The show was a great success, but not only because his work was well received, but because he also met Mary Haskell. Mary would go on to fund Gibran's artistic development for nearly his entire life. She also encouraged him to write in English, no longer translating his writings from Arabic. In 1904, Gibran began writing for an Arabic speaking émigré paper. His first publication was entitled "Vision," a romantic essay. His first Arabic book was called "Music," inspired by the Opera and published in 1905. Gibran then started writing a column in the newspaper called "Teas and Laughter" which would later form the basis for his book "A Tear and a Smile." He published his second Arabic book in 1906 called, "The Nymphs of the Valley," a collection of three allegories which take place in Lebanon. His third Arabic book was published in 1908; a collection of four narratives based on his writings on the social issues in Lebanon. The Syrian government censored the book and Gibran was threatened with excommunication from the church.
Published May 17, 2011 by Vintage. 102 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, History, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy, Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Cendrine Marrouat on Jun 14 2010

Considered as the epitomy of mysticism, the book provides pearls of wisdom on every page, as well as hope and comfort in times of sadness. "The Prophet" will change your conception of life and death.

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Reviewed by Steve King on Jan 06 2011 remains at or near the top of the all-time bestsellerlists in both the Arab world and the West, apparently providing the comfort andinspiration intended...

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Reviewed by Sarah on Feb 17 2012

Really, you should read this for yourself – it’s less than 100 pages, so what have you got to lose? It’s spiritual and wonderful and… I have trouble describing it. It’s one of those books that’s just good for the soul, and best enjoyed when you have a nice, quiet hour to yourself.

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Reviewed by Mike Kueber on Jul 30 2012

Gibran, through this philosopher, is able to provide cogent, succinct wisdom on each of these subjects in 2 to 4 pages.

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on Apr 18 2011

I am sure all of this sounds quite silly, but to my mind wisdom is something that is not only hard-won, but incredibly lonely. Gibran’s book encourages a curious faddishness, a naieve fantasy of philosophical wisdom, which no doubt explains its popularity during the 1960’s counter-culture.

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Reviewed by Col on Mar 06 2011

Overall, this is a lovely book. I can see why it came from a Lebanese author: it celebrates the humanistic convergence of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, and Lebanon was blessed to have large populations of Christians, Jews and Muslims living together for so much of its history.

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Reviewed by Kris on Aug 11 2011

There are chapters on love, marriage, children, self-knowledge, giving, friendship, death, and many more. Each chapter is filled with a wealth of knowledge in life lessons.

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