Title: The Prophet and Other Stories
Authors: Kahlil Gibran
Genre: Philosphy 892.7
Read by: Jonathan Reese
Originally published: 1923, 1920, and 1918
Publisher/Date: Blackstone Audio/2005
Dates listened to: 12/22/17 - 12/25/17
The three sections of this book read like parts of the Bible – the psalms, the proverbs and the parables of Jesus. You will even hear a bit of what sounds like Aesop and his fables. No wonder it was a best-seller in 1923 when The Prophet was first published. “…the book begins with a discourse on love and then turns to everyday concerns and to such high matters as good and evil, religion, and death.” Published in 1920, Gibran makes clear in the next story, The Forerunner, that we are masters of our own destiny, not toys of a blind fate. The last story, The Madman, “asserts that we tend to be what society expects from us, even when these expectations might be detrimental for the development of our self-identity.” All in all, these homilies are very apropos in this generation nearly 100 years later, and like the Bible are timeless.