Book review | The Prophet and other works by Kahlil Gibran


Author: Kahlil Gibran

No. of pages: 210

Genre: Philosophy, Poetry, Classic 

Published by: Srishti Publishers 

Published on: 8th November 2020 

Format: Paperback 

My rating: ★★★★★

Kahlil Gibran is one of the most celebrated writers of all time. His work is believed to enlighten and transform lives. The Prophet and Other Works¬ is a collection of Gibran’s notable works that exude positivity and inspire to live.
The Prophet contains musings of Gibran in twenty-six lessons, as narrated by a wise man named Al Mustafa. It holds in its pages timeless wisdom on life, love, family, money and death.
The Broken Wings is a poetic story of tragic love, set in 20th century Beirut. Selma is stuck in a loveless marriage despite having found love. This is a captivating story of love and longing, with various social issues brought to light.
A Tear and a Smile is a collection of verses and poems, which will make you think about life, human conditions and the wonders of being alive. His inspiring and romantic style of writing gives new meaning to everyday living.

No one is unaquainted to the works of Kahlil Gibran - the most celebrated writers of all time. His  timeless classic - 'The Prophet' - has been read and loved across the world. Srishti Publishers brings you Gibran's priceless works as a collection, in their latest edition - The Prophet and other works. This book consists of -

'The Prophet' - a collection of 26 preachings on love, life, family, happiness, children, beauty, and a myriad of topics;

 'The Broken Wings' - a tragic love story between a young woman betrothed to another man and a young man who is supposedly modeled after Gibran himself; and,

 'A Tear and a Smile' - a collection of essays and poems. 

The Prophet follows the story of a Prophet named Almustafa, who is leaving the city of Orphalese after residing 12 longs years. As he realizes his last moments in the very city that he grew so much closer to, is nearing, he decides to gift the city his wise words, as a parting gift. The humble and eager citizens of the city gather around him to ask about all various events and parts of life.

When asked about love, Almustafa says, ''Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.'' And when asked about children, he says ''Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you."

The Broken Wings, a tragic romance based in Beirut, Lebanon, addresses social issues like religious corruption, ill-treatment of women and greed for wealth.

A Tear and a Smile makes us readers go through many emotions as Gibran explores life and the living. His essays and poems - either brimming with sadness or joy for living - will make you mull over life.

This collection is the perfect choice to explore Kahlil Gibran's works in all its glory. 💜

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an unbiased and honest review. 


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