The Prophet

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Wordsworth Editions, 1997 - Fiction - 80 pages
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The Prophet represents the acme of Kahlil Gibran's achievement. Writing in English, Gibran adopted the tone and cadence of King James I's Bible, fusing his personalised Christian philosophy with a spirit and oriental wisdom that derives from the richly mixed influences of his native Lebanon.

His language has a breath-taking beauty. Before returning to his birthplace, Almustafa, the 'prophet', is asked for guidance by the people of Orphalese. His words, redolent with love and understanding, call for universal unity, and affirm Gibran's certainty of the correlated nature of all existence, and of reincarnation. The Prophet has never lost its immediate appeal and has become a ubiquitous touchstone of spiritual literature.


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User Review  - noonaut - LibraryThing

The translation I read makes it seem as if Gibran were trying to condense "Thus Spake Zarathustra." I'm not sure whether this is a fault of the specific translation Read full review

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User Review  - Marian - Goodreads

I had to read the book twice to grasp the meaning of some of the episodes. Book per se is quite good but after finishing it, I didn't feel like the book touched me. The stories and setting was pretty ... Read full review

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