Spirit Brides

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White Cloud Press, 1993 - Fiction - 71 pages
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A collection of three short stories in which Kahlil Gibran portrays his belief in the overwhelming power of love in human nature. In 'The Ash of Centuries and the Immortal Flame', Gibran describes a love that unites souls beyond time and social restrictions. 'Marta al-Baniyah' expresses Gibran's views on the exploitation of women and the poor. He then makes a cutting commentary on the contrast between the ecclesiastical hierarchy and the simplicity of the teachings of Jesus in his final story, 'Yuhanna the Madman'.

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These two collections, which inaugurate a five-volume series, are not likely to enjoy the popularity of Gibran's The Prophet (1923). Originally published in Arabic in the first decade of this century ... Read full review

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Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese artist, poet, and author. Born in Bsharri, Lebanon, Gibran immigrated with his parents to Boston in 1895 before settling in New York City where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. His best-known work is The Prophet, published in 1923, which has become one of the best-selling books of all time. Like the majority of Gibran's works, The Prophet dealt with spiritual love and religion. Gibran passed away in 1931.

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