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Kahlil Gibran's poetic prose about the last lectures a sage gives an island nation before he leaves for home.

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A jewel of wisdom

  • Jul 3, 2010
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A prophet who spent twelve years in a city by the sea finally sees coming the ship that will carry him back home. We don’t know why he was there, why did he have to wait and not even his name – these are all but mere mortal and limited attributes and information that are irrelevant for the enlightening knowledge he has to share. Like in many oriental books of wisdom, where a beautiful consort or feminine figure (goddess) requires to be initiated in the deep secrets mastered by a masculine figure (god, guru or enlightened wise man), a local seeress asks the prophet to give few more words of wisdom to guide the people which he have lived among all these years.

The subjects are all issues that are part of a human being’s life: marriage, love, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, houses, clothes, talking, beauty, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, pain, friendship, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, death. The stances are beautiful both in their literary expression – the oriental perfumed metaphors- and in their meaning, offering a highly spiritual vision on all topics. It’s a poem in prose, a guide for life, a treat for the soul and an inspiring book to live your life after.

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Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Not Gibran's best work (check out Tears and Laughter; Spirit's Rebellious) but still a 4 at least. What a writer. Poetry between the lines. Elegance and beauty in prose. Super rad!!!
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
I discovered this book as a senior in high school. It changed me.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
It has stood the test of time.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
I've been reading this book since I was 16 years old. It's amazing what someone can teach you if you take the time to listen.
review by . May 18, 2008
This book has given me a lot of clarity. I give this book as a gift a lot, especially when I see people going through tough times or if they have just achieved a lifetime milestone.    I love the tone of the book. It's very understated. The language is a bit formal and flowery, but the ideas flowed out for me very easily and resonated with how I think.     Reading this also helped me in my writing because it gave me a new language to think in and also the …
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Table of Contents:
(hardback ed. of poem titles)

The Coming Of The Ship
The Farewell
On Beauty
On Buying And Selling
On Children
On Clothes
On Crime And Punishment
On Death
On Eating And Drinking
On Freedom
On Friendship
On Giving
On Good And Evil
On Houses
On Joy And Sorrow
On Laws
On Love
On Marriage
On Pain
On Pleasure
On Prayer
On Reason And Passion
On Religion
On Self-knowledge
On Talking
On Teaching
On Time
On Work
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ISBN-10: 000100039X (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780001000391 (pbk.)
Author: Kahlil Gibran
Publisher: Laurier Books Ltd.
Date Published: April 14, 2003
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