Bookaholics have numerous things in common but when it comes to picking a certain genre, all of us prefer different themes of interests. It works exactly the same way how people make their choices with music, craft, prose and many others.
But sometimes a mainstream song which has the lyrics we all can relate to tops the charts and something very similar takes place in the literary world. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran is one of those hits.
I have read and loved many books, but this is the one I would never forget.
The Prophet by Lebanese-American writer, poet, and visual artist, Khalil Gibran was published in 1923. It has been translated in over 50 languages and is possibly one of the bestselling books.
This book is poetic prose enclosing many life subjects; on love, pleasure, freedom, marriage, children buying and selling and death.
Every word by Khalil is like a brushstroke. Every chapter is a scene which feels like a gently flowing river. It sometimes is depicted as a great painting or perhaps a sea sparkling on the surface which is unstoppable and powerful in depths. The precipitous beauty of his writing on how to live your life blew me away.
My favorite passage is the one on “Marriage”.
“You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your
Yes, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness.
And let the winds of heaven dance between you.”
This is a little book in which you can dip in and out and almost every page has the same effect. Gibran’s exquisite have the power to capture your mind in a way that will make you read it again and again. This striking prose and poetries are not religious but spiritual. No matter what religion you belong to, Gibran’s words will touch your soul and every time you open this book you’ll hold onto something new.
He also shares his thoughts on “Pain”
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain”