Title: The Prophet
Author: Kahlil Gibran
Publication Year: 1923
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Source: Borrowed from Zaid
Zaid (my partner) suggested a while ago that I should read this book, but I never thought seriously about it until I spotted it on his bookshelf yesterday and saw how short it was. I figured that it was a perfect time to read it during the read-a-thon!
The Prophet is essentially a collection of poetic essays – sort of. It all runs basically in one long stream of thought, though it is divided into sections on different topics. The basic idea is that the narrator, the fictional prophet Mustafa, is about to leave the city of Orphalese where he has been living for 12 years, on a ship to go home. He is then stopped by numerous people from the city, asking him questions about life, death, and the human condition; some specific topics include love, marriage, crime and punishment, teaching, good and evil, prayer, and beauty.
There really is no “plot” to this book, which is something that usually turns me off of a book. However, so long as you approach The Prophet as a book for spiritual contemplation and philosophy, rather than as a story with a beginning, middle, and end, it is definitely enjoyable. It’s a beautiful piece of writing, something that I will definitely need to re-visit when I have more time to slow down and really think about it rather than zooming through.