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Kahlil Gibran-poet, philosopher, and artist-was born in Lebanon
in 1883 but spent his final twenty years of life living in the United
States. The three books that compose this audiobook are collections of
Gibran's aphorisms, parables, and poetic essays.
The first
book, The Prophet, was originally published in 1923 and is considered
Gibran's masterpiece. It is written in prose poetry in twenty-eight
parts, and deals with such topics as love, freedom, good and evil,
religion, and death. It is a mystical and intensely subjective work,
presenting the human soul as essentially noble and good.
In
The Forerunner, originally published in 1920, Gibran asserts that
"nobody is to be blamed for our 'being' and 'having' but ourselves."
Gibran makes it clear that we are our own destiny and not the toy of a
blind fate.
Finally, the titular entity of The Madman,
originally published in 1918, is not literally mentally unbalanced; on
the contrary, he is perfectly healthy. His madness is only in the eyes
of others. Gibran asserts that we tend to be what society expects from
us, even though these expectations could be detrimental for the
development of our self-identity. Oftentimes, we veil our true selves
with masks out of fear of being ridiculed by others.

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Reviews for The Prophet (Tantor Unabridged Classics):

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Oct 02, 2009

As the author of a spiritually-themed book entitled "The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude," I appreciate any book that opens the doors to spiritual understanding. There are few contemporary books that will do this for you in such a poetic way.

My review is based solely upon "The Prophet." It is a book containing eternal truths. It was given to me as a high school graduation present many years ago. At the time, I found it beautiful, but I couldn't understand it. That is because I hadn't As the author of a spiritually-themed book entitled "The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude," I appreciate any book that opens the doors to spiritual understanding. There are few contemporary books that will do this for you in such a poetic way.

My review is based solely upon "The Prophet." It is a book containing eternal truths. It was given to me as a high school graduation present many years ago. At the time, I found it beautiful, but I couldn't understand it. That is because I hadn't experienced life.

Selections from this book were read at my wedding. The sections on love speak of what it is truly about. Most of us never have an inkling of what true love is since we are caught up in a world of attachment to illusions and delusions. This book will help you to break through them.

This is a classic that will stand the mark of time such as the Bible has done. Kahlil Gibran is an old soul who speaks in a language that can be embraced by people of any faith.

The book is filled with metaphors and parables. It is almost as if Jesus himself is speaking through the author. Whether or not you will be able to comprehend what the author is speaking about, The Prophet will plant seeds that can bear good fruit.

Davis Aujourd'hui, author of "The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude" ...more
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Mar 30, 2014

Perhaps the most honest of thoughts put to paper. You might say Socrates reborn as Kahlil Gibran dissects all facets of life delivering succinct answers to questions put forth to him by citizens of the imaginary city of Orphalese. After the read the meaning of prophet is flipped in the mind, not the archetypal religious zealot but a philosopher with unbiased view on life.
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Jul 11, 2013

My review is only about the Prophet and I must say its truly is an eye opener! Gibran tells us not what to see, but how to see. The reasons, the ideas he evokes without any sense of negative criticism is amazing. ur relations with ourselves, others and the world he explains it with such innocence that all of a sudden problems fall short of being big as they seem. A must read for all
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Sep 27, 2013

Authors who presume they are writing spiritual truth and wisdom write more fanciful things than your most inventive of science fiction writers. I rated this two stars rather than one because there seemed to be a few well-made points in the last chapter (The Madman); and therefore, I cannot tell whether the author was writing perceived truth or rambling like a mad man.
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May 13, 2008

The author took me on a journey revealing a sense within through his writing. I gather that each individual gains their own feeling. The Prophet was both calming and informative in a spiritual manner. Infinitely, peaceful and reflective. Timeless.
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May 06, 2012

Most inspiring thoughts on love, beauty, spirituality and religion!
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Apr 25, 2014


A change from the typical, individualistic, Western perspective on life; something different. This is Eastern psychology and a breathe of fresh air.

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