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The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the Lebanese American artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book the prophet Almustafa, who has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years, is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses many issues of life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, 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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Simple and effective

I enjoyed listening. I had read the hard copy many many years ago but picked this one again as I love the flow of thoughts penned down by Kahlil Gibran. Thank you

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Good Spiritual and Poetic Read

Overall: 3/5
Feeling: OK
Recommend: Selected Friends.

The book "The Prophet" is written by a Lebanese Kahlil Gibran also known as Khalil Jubran. Khalil’s book "The Prophet" has never been out of print since it was first published.

In this book, the Prophet(Al Mustafa) was in exile for 12 years in the city of Orphalese and is about to set sail for his home. The people gather around the ship and longing to discuss various aspects of life like love, death, home, clothes, food, etc. Seer Almitra who deeply believes in prophet opens questions and answers sessions. The book discusses 26 taxing questions on life as poetry, parables.

The book has good insights on life spiritually. A few times, It was hard to follow but enjoyable. Kahlil is underrated genius and the book 'The Prophet' proves it. Other works by Kahlil include Eye Of the Prophet, The Madman, Mirrors Of the Soul, and The Broken Wings. Kahlil was facing issues with Alcoholism and died in 1931 due to Cirrhosis - disease caused by long term liver damage. After his death Gibran became the third best-selling author of all time, first being William Shakespeare,2nd being Lao-tzu.


Few quotes I liked from the book is as follows:

"You often say; I would give, but only to the deserving."

"What have you in these houses and what is it you guard with fastened door?"

"Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite."

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding."

"Much of your pain is self-chosen."

"Your friend is your needs answered."

"You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered."

"You are good when you are one with yourself."

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