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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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April 27, 2017

Unbelievably Good
I don't know how I've lived 21 years without this book. It's absurdly beautiful and will move you beyond words. I first borrowed this from my library, but before I even got a page through I knew I'd have to buy a copy of my own to reread and study. It's definitely one of my favorite books. I'm honestly thinking about buying several copies to give to my friends and family so they have no excuse not to read it, it's that good. This should be required reading for everyone on Earth. If you're wondering whether or not to read it, I'll make a decision for you: DO IT. You won't regret it.

March 22, 2017

The greatest small book ever written!!
I lost my original copy forty or so years ago. You can read it a thousand times and you'll learn something every time you read it. I plan to be buried with the copy I just bought. There is more wisdom within it's pages and if you live by the lessons taught there you're sure to live a much richer life. Try reading it with your soul mate.

August 17, 2018

$5.99 WASTED on the paperback format!!!! SAVE YOUR EYES!!
Save your eyes and do not purchase this particular copy!! Seriously, the book is only 38 pages.... so let's use the tightest, smallest font possible!? That makes noooo sense.

This copy Is more like a 'phamplet' and not so much a bound book. I do not even require reading glasss yet I seriously will never read this copy. Seriously, it's maybe an 8 point font.

If you want my copy, let me know. Sooooo frustrating and ridiculous.

May 27, 2017

Highly Recommend
This is the most beloved, and masterfully written poetic essay by Artist, Philosopher, and Writer, Lebanese-American Author Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), he paints a colorful picture with words describing the Human Condition.

This book has 26 prose poetry fables written in English, and published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf.
Highly in demand it is always being printed, and has been translated into 40 languages.
107 Pages long, it takes about 13 hours to read.

The Prophet's main character is named Almustafa, the setting is he has been away from home 12 years and he is about to broad a ship to take him home, when he is stopped by a group of people, and he discusses topics that have to do with the human condition.

Dealing with the rigors of love, marriage, children, giving, eating, drinking, work, joy, sorrow, houses, clothes, buying, selling, crime, punishment, laws, freedom, reason, passion, pain, friendship, talking, time, good, evil, prayer, self knowledge, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.

I really like this book because reading it has enlightened me, even though it can be difficult to fully comprehend, this book is very thought provoking. I recommend this book to anyone interested in philosophy, poetry and classic literature.

October 3, 2017

Timeless poetic stories That bring out the best. This was recommended to me by a friendly ...
Timeless poetic stories That bring out the best. This was recommended to me by a friendly waitress on evening. Since then we've been recommending books to each other every time I see her. This recommendation was a unexpected treat. Take the time to read and enjoy its warmth! You'll be recommending this to strangers just as she did to me, making friends in the process. I guess that's the kind of magic this book holds. Happy Reading!!!

October 4, 2017

A great classic
My lifetime favorite. I was introduced to this book in the '70s and I have never turned it down since then. I've kept on going back again and again to its beautiful and poetic messages. This book is so timeless and so inspiring that I couldn't keep quoting and sharing Kahlil's words with my kids, relatives, coworkers and friends. This is a book that I intend to introduce even to my grandchildren someday.

November 23, 2017

Top 3 of all time faves!
I purchased this book as a replacement to the one I had given away. This is one of my all-time favorite books and truly a classic. No matter what religion or belief you have, this book will apply and you will relate to it. This is one to read over and over during the course of your lifetime and to share with loved ones, and also
with people that you just think may need to read it.

December 16, 2018

I hated this.
Pretentious garbage.. I could barely make myself finish it. It’s so revered by people I thought it would be deeply moving. The only thing I felt was deeply disappointed.

January 8, 2015

I love The Prophet
I love The Prophet, it is one of my "go to" gifts when buying for a special friend. This is the first time I've bought the soft cover and I'm very disappointed. The hard cover is so much more beautiful and every few pages has a sketch by the author and this copy has no sketches and just looks cheap. I would recommend paying the few dollars more and getting the hard copy, it's worth it.

January 12, 2019

A great book of wisdom ...
A great book of wisdom. Lots of very wise poetry. I was especially heartened by the section on raising children. “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of to-morrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is shot". This is so different from the “Punish childish behavior” teaching that I grew up with - though quiet compatible with my desire to launch my children by the time they were 18.
This book is not just about child rearing - just about every topic in life is covered. Kahlil beliefs are much the same as mine.

August 27, 2018

Do not buy this one!!
Do NOT buy this one. Get the original. This looks like someone printed it from table of contents or anything. Seems very odd. Had I known I would’ve not purchased this..there’s also only 36 pages so not even sure if it contains the entire book.

October 16, 2018

hard read
Couldnt get thru it, gave it away

July 27, 2018

do NOT buy...EVER
Worst copy ever. Does not even have Headings for each section. if you are familiar with the original publication you will be totally disappointed. I could do a better job publishing this myself...

March 17, 2018

Incorrect description!
I am VERY disappointed in this book. I have always love "The Prophet," by Kahlil Gibran, and have owned many copies over the years. I lent our copy to my sister-in-law, and just decided to buy a new one. This one was described in this way: "This edition is illustrated with Gibran's famous visionary paintings." However, there are NO illustrations!!!! I would have NOT bought this book. I may still return it. SO upset about this!

March 17, 2018

A timeless book where Kahlil Gibran eloquently deciphers The Prophet ...
A timeless book where Kahlil Gibran eloquently deciphers The Prophet and words of scripture through a personal way of reflection. The context however differing from Biblical scripture, is indeed parallel to the overall essence of who Jesus the Messiah, known as the Prophet or teacher truly was and remains to be.

February 6, 2019

Highly adhesive bar code sticker on the back
The seller put a large highly adhesive bar code sticker on the back. I got the sticker off but couldn’t get all of the adhesive off. Now there is a sticky smear on the back of my brand new book. I like books as items, otherwise I would just read the ebook. The care of this book is highly disappointing. Also, no table of contents, headers, and has typos.

November 29, 2018

Heavy read

May 16, 2018

Spiritual Classic
"The Prophet" is a spiritual classic that emphasizes the pervasiveness connectedness of all things. The author, Kahlil Gibran, is the 2nd best author of all time behind Shakespear and Lao-Tzu. "The Prophet" is a collection of essays covering such topics as love, marriage, children, joy, sorrow and many others. This book is inspirational and should be on everyone's book shelf. It is, however, very odd and somewhat of an enigma that a man of such spiritual insight would die locking himself in a room drinking all day eventually dying of cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis due to prolonged alcoholism.

October 9, 2019

An Interesting and Sometimes Beautiful Series of Poetic Prose, But Often Difficult to Comprehend
"The Prophet" is a series of poetic prose authored by Khalil Gibran in the early twentieth century. Mister Gibran was born in Lebanon and moved with his family to America as a child. This series of poetic prose has a somewhat abstruse and mystical aspect to it. It is clear to me that this book has many, many fans. I completely respect that. And there is no doubt that the writing is very poetic and at times beautiful. I had to read and reread much of this work numerous times to gain a partial comprehension of the work.

As an American, I make a concerted effort to read the works of authors born in other countries. In that context I really appreciated this reading experience. However I need to confess I ended up being glad that the work was short and was relieved when I had finished it.

I am very glad that I had a chance to read this work. But it was work. It is not a light read. I do not think that the average reader, looking for a light reading experience will particularly enjoy this work. I am sure there is wisdom to be found within. However it is not easily accessed. Speaking strictly for myself I get more from reading the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament of The Bible.

In summary, I am glad that I read this work. I was glad to study the life of the author. I purchased and audiobook narrated by Sandra Cullum and she did an excellent job. But the work is not a light read. My personal appreciation was mostly as a study experience and not every reader is going to enjoy this book. Thank You...

July 24, 2019

Bad narration
Narrator mispronounces many words

January 5, 2019

Will get used books from now on.
It's new but looks like it's been printed at home. The spine of the book doesn't even have any writing.

February 25, 2018

Convoluted, fanciful writing
Like some other writings, this is presented as though by a gifted, mystical prophet who has great knowledge. Actually, it is largely convoluted, flowery language which might baffle and intimidate some people.

The book is only 96 pages long. The printed area on the pages is about 15% less than what is available, and many of the pages are partial, owing to the end of a "chapter". There are 28 "chapters" whose titles appear only in the table of contents, not in the text. The figures in the book are of naked people milling about.

I'm sure some people would say I'm just not smart enough or dedicated enough to wring deep meaning from this work. I say the emperor has no clothes.

June 15, 2019

It's not I thought it would be. I expected more then a floppy booklet.

March 12, 2019

It's exactly what I wanted
Exactly what I expected

January 22, 2019

Simply Not Good
I wouldn't say this audio book version of The Prophet is horrible, but it's certainly not good. The narrator's (Alec Sand) reading is choppy and at times hard to understand, which takes away from the story.

Don't make the mistake of thinking the almost 5 star rating and 1,500+ reviews are for the audio version. Make sure to listen to the audio sample first and judge for yourself before hitting the 1-click buy button.

There's another version on Audible that's much better, although it only shows in a search on the app (not on the website), I believe the narration is by Paul Sparer - much better pacing and well worth the extra cost.

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