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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