A Mirror to the Soul: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran Review


Published: January 29th, 2019 by Athenaeum Classics (first published 1923)

Genre: Poetry | Classic | Philosophy

Recommended to: those who love classics and philosophy



The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. The prophet, Almustafa, has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.

RATING: ★★★★★

Sometimes, there are books that are too beautiful to describe.

The Prophet is one of them. I will be honest with you. I did not know who Kahlil Gibran was until I came across this quote on Tumblr.

How beautiful to find a heart that loves you, without asking you for anything, but be okay.

I loved it so much that I searched for his other works and stumbled across The Prophet.

The Prophet is considered Gibran’s best work and even though I haven’t read anything else from him, I believe it’s true. It is a collection of 26 prose poetry essays on topics like love, friendship, joy, and sorrow among many others.

When I read the first chapter, I knew in my heart that this book was for me. I was about to face a big change in my life and the prophet’s words about leaving the city to go back to his birthplace pretty much summed up what I feel. There is a certain comfort in other people putting into words the things you don’t even know how to say.

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.

I haven’t read a lot of classic books in my life but one thing is for certain. I absolutely love the way they are written. There’s something oddly fascinating about the way they phrase sentences. That, coupled with Gibran’s profound and beautiful writing, made me read this book in one sitting. I highlighted this book like crazy.

I won’t pretend that I really understood the deeper meaning of all of it. This is the kind of book that speaks like a mirror to your soul. You only get what your heart is willing to give.

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.


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