The Prophet

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The Prophet (2003, Laurier Books Ltd. /AES)

Paperback, 133 pages

English language

Published April 14, 2003 by Laurier Books Ltd. /AES.

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4 stars (6 reviews)

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Originally published in 1923; this book 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.

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2 stars

I feel like I'm supposed to love this book, but it just didn't do much for me. At its best the writing is quite lyrical and there are some wonderfully quotable passages, but taken as a whole it felt like Gibran had tried to find universals among world religions and that road had just led him to rather obvious truisms.

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