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Kahlil Gibran (1883--1931) moved to the United States from Lebanon in 1895. Written in Arabic, his books have been translated into 20 languages. Poet, philosopher, and artist, he was compared by French sculptor Auguste Rodin to William Blake.
This is a collection of Lebanese poet Gibran's writings translated into English. The main theme of these selections is that our life and labor are inherently noble. "Life streams out of a man's inner self and not in what surrounds him," Gibran challenges. The most compelling poem in this collection is "Come Near and Tell Me Who You Are." Gibran writes: "Are you the politician who says, I shall exploit my country for the soul benefit of myself... Are you that honest, hard-working man. He whose fairness brings as much profit to himself as others." Johnny Cash's (yes, that Johnny Cash) narration gives an appropriate folk air to this collection. Gibran had quite a following, so this is a useful addition to most libraries.‘Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.
"In these writings Kahlil Gibran takes us out of the wilderness into the joys and sorrows of everyday urban life. More personal and political than The Prophet, the book nonetheless sings with Gibran's lyricism and abiding wisdom." --Wes 'Scoop' Nisker, author of Crazy Wisdom and cofounder of Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind "This book shows once again why the writings of Kahlil Gibran have been such a rich source of spiritual inspiration in our modern world." --Jacob Needleman, author of The Heart of Philosophy