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Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran

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In this new biography, Robin Waterfield traces the influential life of Kahlil Gibran from his first flush, as the wounded Romantic to his final metamorphosis as the Prophet of New York". Born in 1883, in northern Lebanon, Gibran emigrated to the United States in 1895. A gifted painter, Gibran soon turned to writing. Although initially spurned, he ultimately gained approval ...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by St Martins Pr
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Haya Naji
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a coincidence that I’m reading the biography of Gibran before reading any of his books. Despite this is an objective investigation for his life, it's still obvious that he was a narcissist, selfish, liar, and his attitudes and behaviour contradict with the morals he writes about. How can someone with this awful personality relate himself to a prophet or Jesus character!!!

Todd
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, biography
I confess to not being a fan of Kahlil Gibran. As a middle school student I found a dusty copy of The Prophet on my parent’s bookshelf and thought it the silliest book I had ever read (at the advanced age of 13) despite not being an expert in literature. It seemed that the Prophet of Lebanon was trying too hard to seem mystical and wise – long before I had words for such things.

The Prophet felt like a charlatan trying to sound like a biblical sage. Each verse lacked the eloquence of King James
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David A-S
Gibran spiritual philosophy in the Prophet and insight in Jesus, Son of Man, always intrigued me. This novel places the man in his context as a Syrian, as an immigrant, as an artist, and a human. What comes through is a truly talented thinker, a vulnerable and ambitious human being, and many unsung supporters.
Chicki
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE this guy. Though his words are deep, symbolic, it flows nicely and captures the essence of much of what I feel about many different aspects of life that he speaks of.
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Robin Anthony Herschel Waterfield was born in 1952 and studied Classics at the University of Manchester, specialising in ancient Greek Philosophy. He lectured at Newcastle University and St Andrews before joining Penguin books as an editor. Currently he is a self-employed author whose output includes books on the ancient world as well as Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks.
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