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Spirits Rebellious

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,921 ratings  ·  887 reviews
A clarion call for freedom from one of the twentieth century’s most important philosophers and writers, Kahlil Gibran 
A book so powerful it was burned in the marketplace of Beirut at the time of its publication, Kahlil Gibran’s Spirits Rebellious is a clarion call for freedom in his homeland of Lebanon—for individuals and society. Gibran’s bitter denunciation of religious
ebook, 126 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Philosophical Library/Open Road (first published 1908)
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Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gibran's words always leave me baffled. ...more
may ❀
!!my first arabic book!!

massive shout out to khadidja for LITERALLY READING THIS ENTIRE BOOK TO ME and having the patience to do it and putting up with me. you're a real one, my dude 😍🤧🤧❤💖💜💖💚💚💜💖💜💗💗💞💞💚💚💙❤❤💙💙💛💛💙💜❣❣💛

she made the experience of reading the book infinity more entertaining and im so soft right now

khadi, i know i told you this already, but you seriously have a career in narrating, binch imagine all the books you'll get to read that way

okay but now about the book, it was actually prett
Nadia Awadi
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Religion is Love.
Love is religion.
To be happy is how you pray to god.

These were the main themes of the book. They were pure and beautiful. Yet, kind of cheesy and repetitive. I didn't agree on some. Since you know: different religion and all that. But as usual, the writing was mesmerising.

I think this the book I liked the most by Kahlil Gibran. Recommended.

Thank you for reading this review!
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ritu by: Soplada
Shelves: favorites
Spirits Rebellious basically consists of three short stories combined with Gibran's paintings and his lyrical style of writing that makes you want to read more and let this guy make you believe stuff that you wouldn't have crossed your wildest dreams. It that ponders on the topics such as –

* How society judges you without knowing the facts.

* What we truly want vs what the society expects from us.

* What is actually right and what we are made to believe is right.

Madame Rose Hanie

Madam Rose Han
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kahlil Gibran (جبران خليل جبران) never disappoints me.

I’ve stopped reading books in Arabic for a while now which is a shame and I’ll try to remedy this. I studied this language in university and I would never forgive myself if I somehow forgot it all by not using it…

This is my second novel by Kahlil Gibran and this one was a mix of a few stories, all around the topic of injustice. My heart broke a few times but that was to be expected.
A once rebellious daughter (me) was touched to read an inscription from the man she regrets calling a "fascist pig:" my dear, conservative dad. God bless parents who raised children in the 60's. ...more
Amina Subaihi
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this Book ~! I LOVE IT
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of stories in which the spirits begin to rebel against societal norms. Regardless that they stories are set in a very different time and culture era, they are globally applicable. You cannot deny the simple beauty of Gibran's writing.
Romance: "her soul embraced his soul in the shadow of the true love that makes union a paradise" (p. 3).
Unrequited love: "love is a power that makes out hearts, yet our hearst cannot make that power." (p. 11).
Justice in law: "Shall we meet evil with evi
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I still haven't read the rest of Gibran's Arabic work, but I can tell this one is my favorite. Sadly, the stories were very tragically quotable and relatable to our present, making the dream of "change" sound foolish. ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gibranism is humanism!

Spirits Rebellious is Gibran's social manifesto. I never felt such wrath in his words ever before. The book consists of four stories about people with different lives and one shared soul; people who have been outed, shamed and disgraced by society fro possessing the audacity and courage to break out of the herd, to be outspoken, and to pursue the unissued happiness promised to us by society's laws. In other words, for being a rebel.

The prose is Gibran's strongest point. H
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Hear us, Oh Liberty;
Bring mercy, Oh Daughter of Athens;
Rescue us, Oh Sister of Rome;
Advise us, Oh Companion of Moses;
Help us, Oh Beloved of Mohammed;
Teach us, Oh Bride of Jesus;
Strengthen our hearts so we may live,
Or harden our enemies so we may perish
And live in peace eternally."

Gibran wrote this book in 1908. Back in those days his country of birth Lebanon was going through a lot of unrest. Most of which was brought on by the political and religious leaders of that time. So it makes sense kno
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Insightful and spiritual stories by Khalil Gibran. Gibran criticizes the hypocrisy of the society and religions while blesses the simplicity and human soul. People who like Rumi should read Gibran as well.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love Gibran's way of writing about love and nature.
the stories were deep, painful, and emotional. you just simply enjoy every word and every quote of the characters.
this book definitely leaves an unforgettable knowledge and wisdom and love for life and freedom.
poetic , nice ,,,didnt like it as much as i thought *-*
Mijanur Rahman
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, fiction
Reading Kahlil's words is like living in spiritual bliss. Three different stories mingled with philosophy and the divine love. After all, it's not the stories that Gibran says are beautiful, the way he says it, and the words he uses to express make them beautiful. Gibran, the magician of words.

In the opinion of the head priest, a man cannot become a monk unless he is blind and ignorant, senseless and dumb. I left the convent because I am a sensible man who can see, feel, and hear.

God does
Sarah Steer
Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The book is full of these amazing short stories about individuals being true to themselves against the social order to follow their bliss.

The story of Madame Rose Hanie is what inspired me to name my daugther Rose, as I wished for it be a blessing of her life. Be true to thyself and follow your bliss.
Qhistina Ma
I am alive like you, and I am standing beside you.
Close your eyes and look around, you will see me in front of you.

Spirits Rebellious yang pernah dibakar dulu... tapi semangatnya berselerakkan mengenderai masa~
Win Scarlett
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Munkhbayar Baatarkhuu
Never have I cried that much reading a book. The book touched my heart immensely and intensely. The book is full of love stories and joy and sorrow of man's heart. Loved it. ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kahlil Gibran is a gifted writer and in Spirits Rebellious he puts it all on display with pretty prose exploring age-old and yet everlasting themes such as the hypocritical nature of society which is manifested never better (or worse?) than when we give birth to and endorse customs and unwritten laws arising out of a certain spirit that are set exactly at odds against that very spirit. Gibran has an elegant way of viewing the world and he takes the reader along for the journey of pastoral Lebano ...more
Yesmine Braiek
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok to tell the truth i didn't enjoy the stories that much 🙃, but i enjoyed the writing style a lot❤️
The last story was exceptionl, beautiful and really powerful. And most importantly has a satisfying ending.... 👌🌹
Elmar Aliyev
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The true light is that which emanates from within man, and reveals the secrets of the heart to the soul, making it happy and contented with life. Truth is like the stars; it does not appear except from behind obscurity of the night. Truth is like all beautiful things in the world; it does not disclose its desirability except to those who first feel the influence of falsehood. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness ...more
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...for they judge the soul by the outcome of the body and measure the spirit by the standard of matter."

"They are plastered graves in which Treason of the weak woman hides behind her kohled eyes and crimsoned lips; in their corners selfishness exists, and the animality of man through his gold and silver rule supreme."

"Nothing could be heard except the wailing of nonexistence, mingled with the cawing of crows hovering about the victims of human laws."

"Since the beginning of the creation and up
Asma Khadraoui
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing you should know about this book is that it was banned in Lebanon because of the bitter critic of the political, religious and social conditions of that era. The book has four independent short stories that will leave your spirit shaken and your soul ignited with rebellion. Each story is set in a different time and place but they all revolve around injustice and to think that this book is written in 1908 you would think that it won’t be relatable to our age but ironically enough the boo ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains four stories, each which speaks to the heart of freedom and inner truth. Each story questions the injustices one man places upon another and inspires each person to believe in the interior freedom and understanding God has placed within each heart. The power structures of our society 'call evil good and good evil' and can only rise upon our slanted backs. If we stand up straight they would tumble and we would discover that no man is over another. ...more
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this first two stories in particular. One reminded me of my own story of love and loss and found again. The other, a remarkable exploration into the idea that although dates and fashions and certain hardships change, humans and our subsequent problems with each other and our governments remain the same throughout the generations.
En Hikmah
Ah...i dont understand this book, but kept reading me to understand this book...
Christian Brown
Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I actually have the hardcover of this.
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great thoughts always come from his mind...
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautifully written. It's like poetry except not. And considering i was written sometime before 1939, a lot of what he says is still so relevant. ...more
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Kahlil Gibran (Arabic: جبران خليل جبران ) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.
Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of Ottoman Mount Lebanon), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at t

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