Review: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

 

  • Title: The Prophet
  • Author: Kahlil Gibran
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923
  • Pages: 96
  • ISBN: 9780679440673

 

I’ve finally gotten around to re-reading The Prophet. I’ve been wanting to for some time now, but kept waiting for that perfect spring day when I could read it outside in the grass. But I got tired of waiting for that day (spring’s not for another month or two) and well… I felt like I needed to read something familiar, beautiful, and calming.
 
Wikipedia describes The Prophet as a book of “poetic essays”, and that’s really a perfect fit. The Prophet is about a man named Almustafa, who has lived among a group of people for 12 years but one day a ship comes to take him home. The people of the town ask him to speak on different themes (love, work, beauty, death, etc.), which he does before departing. So each chapter is a different “poetic essay” on those themes.
 
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.
 
So, since it’s kind of hard to review a book of poetic essays other than just saying “it’s really good”, here are some of my favorite quotes…
 

“For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.” (on Love)
 
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” (on Clothes)
 
“And in the summer heat the reapers say, ‘We have seen her dancing with autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair’.” (on Beauty)
 
“For that which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and silences of the night.” (on Houses)
 
“And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” (on Marriage)
 
Those are just a few of the ones I have marked in my book. I feel much better just having read it today… more peaceful and centered. Weird that a book can do that… which is why it’s one of my all-time favorites.
 
Sarah Says: 5 stars

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2 comments

  1. I read this in college and remember absolutely loving it. I could have sworn I kept my copy but for the life of me I can’t turn it up any more 😦

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