The Prophet (A Penguin online sale Classics lowest Hardcover) online sale

The Prophet (A Penguin online sale Classics lowest Hardcover) online sale

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"My all-time favorite collection of poems . . . [Gibran''s] poetry always roots me in my humanity." --Rupi Kaur, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Milk and Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers, and Home Body

A stunning new hardcover edition--with a full linen case, copper stamping, turquoise gilded edges, and colored endpapers--of one of the world''s most beloved and popular spiritual classics, featuring a new foreword by Rupi Kaur


The most famous work of spiritual fiction of the twentieth century, The Prophet is rooted in Kahlil Gibran''s own experience as an immigrant and provides inspiration to anyone feeling adrift in a world in flux. As a prophet named Almustafa is about to board a ship to travel back to his homeland after twelve years in exile, he is stopped by a group of people who ask him to share his wisdom before he leaves. In twenty-eight poetic essays, he does so, offering profound and timeless insights on many aspects of life, including love, pain, friendship, family, beauty, religion, joy, sorrow, and death.

An immediate success when first published in 1923, The Prophet is a modern classic, having been translated into more than forty languages and sold more than ten million copies in the United States alone. The message it imparts, of finding divinity through love, made it the bible of 1960s culture and continues to touch hearts and minds across generations and national borders. This edition is illustrated with twelve of Gibran''s famous visionary paintings and features a foreword by Rupi Kaur.

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

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“This book cracked my heart wide open. And I think it’s going to do the same to yours. . . . I’ve read  The Prophet more times than I can count. I’ve owned and given away dozens of copies. I have one packed permanently in my travel bag. . . .  The Prophet, and the man behind it, freed the poet in me. . . . Almost a hundred years later, it still feels as fresh and as relevant as ever. Why have I read it dozens of times? Because it doesn’t feel like reading. It feels like listening to my favorite song. . . . [Kahlil Gibran] is the conductor, the words are his orchestra, and he makes them dance off the page and land softly in your belly. . . . This book is not just for poetry lovers. It is for anyone wondering what this thing we call life is about. [It is] an anchor, a lifeline, and a friend.” — Rupi Kaur, from the Foreword

“Cadenced and vibrant with feeling, the words of Kahlil Gibran bring to one’s ears the majestic rhythm of Ecclesiastes. . . . If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man’s philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth.” — Chicago Post

“Exquisite . . . simply a masterpiece.” — The Independent (London)

“Like most wisdom, most of what [Kahlil Gibran] has to tell is ancient, the possession of all men who have thought much and hard about fundamental things. . . . But on it all there is also the imprint of a rich and unusual personality. . . . Gibran offers no short-cuts to happiness, no easily mastered formulae for successful living. Essentially, he bids you look closely into your own heart and mind.” — The New York Times

About the Author

Kahlil Gibran was born in Lebanon in 1883. In 1912 he settled in New York City and devoted himself to writing (in both Arabic and English) and to painting. His books have sold more than ten million copies in English alone and have won the love of readers all over the world. His mystical drawings and paintings were compared by Auguste Rodin to the work of William Blake. Gibran died in 1931.

Rupi Kaur (foreword) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the poetry collections Milk and Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers, and Home Body, which together have sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Born in Punjab, India, she moved to Canada at the age of four and lives in Toronto.

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Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn unto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth.

And in the twelfth year, on the seventh day of Ielool, the month of reaping, he climbed the hill without the city walls and looked seaward; and he beheld his ship coming with the mist.

Then the gates of his heart were flung open, and his joy flew far over the sea. And he closed his eyes and prayed in the silences of his soul.

But as he descended the hill, a sadness came upon him, and he thought in his heart:

How shall I go in peace and without sorrow? Nay, not without a wound in the spirit shall I leave this city.

Long were the days of pain I have spent within its walls, and long were the nights of aloneness; and who can depart from his pain and his aloneness without regret?

Too many fragments of the spirit have I scattered inthese streets, and too many are the children of my longingthat walk naked among these hills, and I cannot withdraw from them without a burden and an ache.

It is not a garment I cast off this day, but a skin that I tear with my own hands.

Nor is it a thought I leave behind me, but a heart made sweet with hunger and with thirst.


Yet I cannot tarry longer.

The sea that calls all things unto her calls me, and I must embark.

For, to stay, though the hours burn in the night, is to freeze and crystallize and be bound in a mould.

Fain would I take with me all that is here. But how shall I?

A voice cannot carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether.

And alone and without his nest shall the eagle flyacross the sun.

Now when he reached the foot of the hill, he turnedagain towards the sea, and he saw his ship approachingthe harbour, and upon her prow the mariners, themen of his own land.

And his soul cried out to them, and he said:

Sons of my ancient mother, you riders of the tides,

How often have you sailed in my dreams. And now you come in my awakening, which is my deeper dream.

Ready am I to go, and my eagerness with sails fullset awaits the wind.

Only another breath will I breathe in this still air, only another loving look cast backward,

And then I shall stand among you, a seafareramong seafarers.

And you, vast sea, sleepless mother,

Who alone are peace and freedom to the river and the stream,

Only another winding will this stream make, only another murmur in this glade,

And then shall I come to you, a boundless drop toa boundless ocean.


And as he walked he saw from afar men and women leaving their fields and their vineyards and hastening towards the city gates.

And he heard their voices calling his name, and shouting from field to field telling one another of the coming of his ship.

And he said to himself:

Shall the day of parting be the day of gathering?

And shall it be said that my eve was in truth my dawn?

And what shall I give unto him who has left his plough in midfurrow, or to him who has stopped the wheel of his winepress?

Shall my heart become a tree heavy-laden with fruit that I may gather and give unto them?

And shall my desires flow like a fountain that I may fill their cups?

Am I a harp that the hand of the mighty may touch me, or a flute that his breath may pass through me?

A seeker of silences am I, and what treasure have I found in silences that I may dispense with confidence?

If this is my day of harvest, in what fields have I sowed the seed, and in what unremembered seasons?

If this indeed be the hour in which I lift up my lantern, it is not my flame that shall burn therein.

Empty and dark shall I raise my lantern,

And the guardian of the night shall fill it with oil and he shall light it also.

These things he said in words. But much in his heart remained unsaid. For he himself could not speak his deeper secret.


And when he entered into the city all the people came to meet him, and they were crying out to him as with one voice.

And the elders of the city stood forth and said:

Go not yet away from us.

A noontide have you been in our twilight, and your youth has given us dreams to dream.

No stranger are you among us, nor a guest, but our son and our dearly beloved.

Suffer not yet our eyes to hunger for your face.


And the priests and the priestesses said unto him:

Let not the waves of the sea separate us now, and the years you have spent in our midst become a memory.

You have walked among us a spirit, and yourshadow has been a light upon our faces.Much have we loved you. But speechless was ourlove, and with veils has it been veiled.Yet now it cries aloud unto you, and would standrevealed before you.

And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.


And others came also and entreated him. But he answered them not. He only bent his head; and those who stood near saw his tears falling upon his breast.

And he and the people proceeded towards the great square before the temple.


And there came out of the sanctuary a woman whose name was Almitra. And she was a seeress.

And he looked upon her with exceeding tenderness, for it was she who had first sought and believed in him when he had been but a day in their city.

And she hailed him, saying:

Prophet of God, in quest of the uttermost, long have you searched the distances for your ship.

And now your ship has come, and you must needs go.

Deep is your longing for the land of your memories and the dwelling place of your greater desires; and our love would not bind you nor our needs hold you.

Yet this we ask ere you leave us, that you speak tous and give us of your truth.

And we will give it unto our children, and they unto their children, and it shall not perish.

In your aloneness you have watched with our days, and in your wakefulness you have listened to the weeping and the laughter of our sleep.

Now therefore disclose us to ourselves, and tell us all that has been shown you of that which is between birth and death.

And he answered,

People of Orphalese, of what can I speak save ofthat which is even now moving within your souls?

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Codera
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Beautiful Book Filled With Timeless Wisdom And Poetic Imagery
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2019
This book just entered the public domain here in the United States and I heard good things about it so I thought I order a copy to celebrate Public Domain Day and introduce myself to this classic work of literature. This is a nice, sturdy hardcover edition from Penguin... See more
This book just entered the public domain here in the United States and I heard good things about it so I thought I order a copy to celebrate Public Domain Day and introduce myself to this classic work of literature. This is a nice, sturdy hardcover edition from Penguin Classics with blue gilding on the pages and a sweet forward by Rupi Kaur who herself was inspired by the book growing up.

With the first page, I was hooked and read the whole way through. The language is so elegant and rhythmic, and the lessons being taught are quite profound, for example the section on "Crime and Punishment" and how it speaks about citizens viewing criminals as "strangers" when they themselves have the same propensity to committing similar acts really stood out to me upon my first reading.

Even though it''s a very short book (about 100 pages long), it is so dense with imagery that it could take multiple re-readings in order to grasp every detail and inner truth being written. I plan to revisit this book every now and again in order to do so and it would serve as a nice companion for my life''s journey. I highly recommend this to everyone.
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beautiful inside and out
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2019
Absolutely gorgeous book! I''ve read it multiple times already and still cannot put it down. I can''t get over the blue of the pages.
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disappointed
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
was really looking forward to this book but when i received it, the pages in the book are upside down. i have to flip the book over and read from the back to read the book properly. seems silly to spend all the energy to return it when i can still read it...
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Digital Distributors, Inc false advertised
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2019
Digital Distributors clearly showed a picture description that stated it was a 1st Edition 2nd printing.
It is not and I was way over charged for the. 1945 edition.
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A great gift; everyone should have a copy
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2019
This is an attractive copy of this classic book. I’ve given dozens of different versions as gifts, sometimes for no reason except friendship, sometimes for special occasions where a bit of insight and good advice in poetic prose is especially appropriate. Having the book... See more
This is an attractive copy of this classic book. I’ve given dozens of different versions as gifts, sometimes for no reason except friendship, sometimes for special occasions where a bit of insight and good advice in poetic prose is especially appropriate. Having the book feature Gibran’s art in addition to his words makes it even more special..
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It never disappoints
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2021
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran I’ve read The Prophet a couple of times before. It never disappoints. The book is a poetic, and it makes musical the spiritual travels of between this world and the next, and memories shared in dreams. “And when all the people... See more
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

I’ve read The Prophet a couple of times before. It never disappoints. The book is a poetic, and it makes musical the spiritual travels of between this world and the next, and memories shared in dreams.
“And when all the people were dispersed she still stood alone upon the sea-wall, remembering in her heart his saying: ‘A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me,’” says it all.
I highly recommend The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
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Beautiful Verse
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2021
This is a beautiful story by Kahlil Gibran. The reason I am only giving this 3 stars is that this edition does not include any of the pictures he put in the book. Instead, the pictures are European paintings that do not relate to the poetry. It is really disappointing... See more
This is a beautiful story by Kahlil Gibran. The reason I am only giving this 3 stars is that this edition does not include any of the pictures he put in the book. Instead, the pictures are European paintings that do not relate to the poetry. It is really disappointing because Gibran''s paintings are part of this beautiful work and are missing.
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This book will move you
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2019
Powerful, incredibly moving book. You should read this and give it to someone you love to read. This version is beautifully made with blue text and images and blue on the side of the pages. The foreword by Rupi Kaur is also amazing.
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Tom Rose
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Beautiful writing but disturbing philosophy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2020
As so often I find myself in a minority that cannot understand the gushing praise that most people give this little book. There language is poetic and some of the images it inspires are beautiful, and there are some useful insights but I find many of the ideas expressed to...See more
As so often I find myself in a minority that cannot understand the gushing praise that most people give this little book. There language is poetic and some of the images it inspires are beautiful, and there are some useful insights but I find many of the ideas expressed to be trite, false, or exactly what a controlling elite would like the masses to believe ... and that is when the ideas are not abominable or repulsive as, for example, in this passage: "The murdered is not unaccountable for his own murder, And the robbed is not blameless in being robbed. The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the wicked, And the white-handed is not clean in the doings of the felon. Yea, the guilty is oftentimes the victim of the injured, And still more often the condemned is the burden bearer for the guiltless and unblamed. You cannot separate the just from the unjust and the good from the wicked; For they stand together before the face of the sun even as the black thread and the white are woven together." Gibran, Kahlil. The Prophet (p. 23). Kindle Edition. I am sorry, but I cannot accept that, and I hope most readers of "The Prophet" will agree with me. So I award five stars for the quality of writing and one star for the world view and system of morality with which the writing is imbued.
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D. Jenkins
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Deep. So deep.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2019
When you speak in silence, ensure you do it loudly through the voice of the many, drinking from the river of life and the eyes of owls with the sincerity of the heart of the great oak tree and it’s children. When you humbly need to express your wisdom and profundity, Do not...See more
When you speak in silence, ensure you do it loudly through the voice of the many, drinking from the river of life and the eyes of owls with the sincerity of the heart of the great oak tree and it’s children. When you humbly need to express your wisdom and profundity, Do not do so carefully and subtly. Rather, tell of a character in a fictional land repeatedly asked about a variety of topics you want to talk about. Only through them should you answer without accusations of pomposity. When you speak of love so eloquently and beautifully initially, ensure you thereafter completely and absolutely undermine the only coherent and relatable insights you offer. When you depart from kind hospitality, do not forget to appreciate your own intelligence and depth on your way, also saying ‘cheers for that, see you soon yeah’.
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Do not download professional voice, kindles own voice reader is better
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 14, 2018
the book was perfect just didn''t like the voice i downloaded Amazon recommended, I found the voice on my kindle was far superior and loved listening to the book, This book is one of my favourites, I love the way Gibran uses his words in an almost poetic way yet soulfully...See more
the book was perfect just didn''t like the voice i downloaded Amazon recommended, I found the voice on my kindle was far superior and loved listening to the book, This book is one of my favourites, I love the way Gibran uses his words in an almost poetic way yet soulfully meaningful to the reader like he''s talking to you personally, many lesson''s of life discussed and learned, It is in my mind a must read or listen too . Its a Must Have in your collection, Its what I call a lifer, One of thos books you keep for life, Enjoy
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Lovely jacket. shame about the quality of the interior pages.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2020
This is my favourite book to gift people . so when I saw this beautiful jacket I went for it. However the poor quality paper inside did not do justice to the print format or Gibran''s beautiful illustrations.
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A life-enhancing classic for everyone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2019
A wonderful book, with a chapter for each aspect of life - work, children, marriage etc. Full of truth and life lessons, lyrical, beautiful and wise. A great wedding, Christening or birthday present, as relevant now as when it was written more than a century ago.
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