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The Prophet [Hardcover]

Kahlil Gibran
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30 July 2007
The Prophet is known and loved by readers all over the world. It is a wise and warm testimony to life, whose wisdom speaks to us all. This beautiful edition of Kahlil Gibran's timeless classic is illustrated with the author's own mystical drawings.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus foulsham; Gift Ed edition (30 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0572033648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572033644
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His power came from some great reservoir of spiritual life, else it could not have been so universal and so potent, but the majesty and beauty of the language with which he clothed it were all his own" (Claude Bragdon)

"It's packed full of poems and sonnets and words of wisdom. Inspirational stuff" (Tamzin Outhwaite Daily Express)

"It was all the rage in the 60s, when it was almost like a bible to me. To any question, there was always a simple answer" (Cynthia Lennon Mail on Sunday)

"A book that changed me ... was The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, which has passages about every section of life. My parents gave me a copy when I left home; it's a bit of a family Bible" (Julia Bradbury Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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A pocket edition of this classic book. Hailed as the Bible of the twentieth century, The Prophet is the iconic religious book in the modern world. This perennial bestseller made Gibran the third bestselling poet in the world after William Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu, the Chinese philosopher and founder of the religious lifestyle Taoism. It has been translated into more than fifty languages and sells over 5000 copies a week worldwide. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 4 Jan 2005
This is a magical book. The messages are simple and the cynical may criticise the book for that. However if you are prepared to let the book work it's magic, by re-reading sections again and again at different times and stages of your life it will get under your skin and change the way you go about things. It is not a book to read, it is a book to live. Buy it, read it and if you take nothing from it give it to a second hand book store, fete or boot sale, so someone else may come across the magic. Buy it !
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing 12 Feb 2000
By A Customer
I first read this book at the age of 17, when trying to find a thought-provoking text for a school assembly. Not only did I find a relevant text, but I was drawn to read the rest of this amazing book. I bought my own copy a year later and have since bought more copies for family and friends. When I got married 18 months ago, my husband and I were able to turn to a passage from this book for a very special reading.
The book is written as a series of passages; the format is that of a "Prophet" answering questions on life. The book does not specifically refer to any religion but is extremely spiritual in nature. The passages give words of wisdom on all subjects from houses to children, from love to work, from trading to marriage. It is the sort of book that you can dip into at any time to find a thought for any situation. The passages are short but profound and leave your vision of this world (and the hereafter) subtly enriched.
I would recommend everyone to read this book.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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I first came across Kahlil Gibran when I found an extract from The Prophet in an anthology about friendship. The Prophet's description of friendship epitomises the strength and comfort one finds in a true and close friend and evokes the ambiance of such a relationship - warmth, sustanence, cherished time etc.
I instantly fell in love with Gibran's writing, and so was thrilled to find there was more. The Prophet's poetic descriptions of all aspects of life have been a joy and inspiration. I have often found just the right phrase or sentiment to capture a particular moment in my life and in the lives of people I love and admire.
I have owned several copies of The Prophet, but somehow always find someone I want to give it away to - it is the kind of book that I feel brings a blessing on anyone who takes time to look at life through the unique lens Gibran offers.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compared to Most Out There Today, Extremely Deep 30 Nov 2002
This is one of the first (literary) books I recall reading. My mother kept a collection of Gibran's works that she often read. I was curious to see what attracted her, so I looked into them too ( I was either eight or nine at the time). I believe that was my first taste of spirituality and seemed at the time more relevant than what I was being force-fed by nuns in catechism class. Rereading Gibran now, I'm struck by the notion that Hesse must have been aware of these texts before he wrote Siddhartha. They contain many of the same themes: No one else can guide you on your path. You must select your own course. Preachers and prophets are a dime a dozen. True wisdom comes from within.
The prophet's teaching on love is particularly relevant to me at this stage of my life:
"For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself. He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast."
Look into these books. They may appear simplistic to the jaundiced eye, but they may also provide the inspiration you need to see you through life's travails
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Cheri
The language of this book is quite magical.As you read you can almost hear the voices asking "Tell us of...." and every time the answers delight and fascinate. The philosophy is simple yet the poetry intricate.
Gosh I love this book! As you gaze at the art work you again will be swept up into the world of questions and simple yet beautiful answers.
The prophet tells of love, friendship, parenting, crime and a good deal more....this book is a forerunner to the "conversations with God" series.
The Prophet is a masterpiece now and was then.
If you dont have it, then get it. Its a book to share with yourself and anybody you love...from children to parents...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Present 17 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
You will simply love this new edition of Khalil Gibran's classic The Prophet. This is a hard cover copy with gorgeous Indian Summer colours and with Oriental prints on every page. The colours of the papar are also inspired by the Indian and Middle Eastern culture. A perfect Christmas or any special occasion present for that special person - and again here is my favourite set of lines from this insipiring and timeless book of wisdom:

On Beauty

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in
a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are
the mirror.

Who would find a better lesson in self-love...
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It's one of the best books i have ever read. I became a fan of Kahlil Gibran after reading it. It's the type of books that you can open a random page and read a bit of it every now... Read more
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