ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American poet, writer, and visual artist. He was born in 1883 in Ottoman Syria (modern-day Lebanon) and emigrated to the United States in 1895 with his mother and siblings. At the age of fifteen, he was sent back to Beirut to study at Collège de la Sagesse. He returned to Boston in 1902 after his sister’s demise.
He re-founded The Pen League with fellow Mahjari poets in 1920.
At the age of 48, Gibran died from cirrhosis and incipient tuberculosis in 1931 in New York City. He willed all his future royalties to his native village, Bsharri.
Neil Douglas-Klotz is a renowned name in the fields of Middle Eastern spirituality and the translation and interpretation of Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic texts. Douglas-Klotz has authored several books and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader.
Kahlil Gibran’s Little Book of Life is a collection of Gibran’s poems and parables from his other works such as The Prophet, The Madman, and The Broken Wings, among others. Neil has compiled these write-ups under six headings – Listening to Nature’s Life, Beauty and the Song of Life, Life’s Human Journey, Seasons of Life, Paradoxical Life, and The Life of the Soul.
Each section beautifully describes life and its various facets. Life here doesn’t limit itself to humans but everything in nature. The characters in the poem and parables are humans, animals, trees, breeze, sea, river and water – simply put, anything that breathes or moves. The book illustrates the relationship that each living being has with one another – both spiritually and materialistically.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT KAHLIL GIBRAN’S LITTLE BOOK OF LIFE
Kahlil Gibran’s Little Book of Life isn’t just about beautiful words, but also profound undertones. When read aloud, each word in a poem or prose sounds like a melodious song. The poems in particular are tremendously soothing to a turbulent, disturbed mind; they offer a quiet refuge from our tempestuous lives. Overall, the book is a perfect blend of religion and spirituality.
The compiler, Neil Douglas-Klotz, also deserves credit for his magnificent understanding and presentation of Gibran’s works.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT KAHLIL GIBRAN’S LITTLE BOOK OF LIFE
Kahlil Gibran’s Little Book of Life is not for fast readers. The book is definitely not a one-day read. While this is not a downside of the book as such, readers with a thing for fast-paced reads may not be able to enjoy the real beauty of a book that is meant to be read and savored slowly.
Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
Taking time to listen to the natural world reveals a new dimension of being human. It is as if all of nature were already within us, reminding us of our connection to the one life we share.
We would recommend Kahlil Gibran’s Little Book of Life in a heartbeat to every reader who has the time and patience to slowly read and ponder over every word. When read in a tranquil setting, the book has a bewitchingly magical feel to it.
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