#Friday56 &#BookBeginnings: Tears and Laughter


I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the the multitides; nor would I be content with converting my tears, invited by my agonized self, into calm. It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter.
- p. 13, from the Foreword

You have taken possession of my heart which Love has blessed, and enslaved my soul which God has honored. 
Yesterday I was carefree, living peacefully in these fields; yet today I am a prisoner of my absent heart.
- p. 56, from "The Victors"

About Tears and Laughter by Khalil Gibran*: Kahlil Gibran, author of "The Prophet" and many other famous works, is known throughout the world as the Immortal Prophet of Lebanon and the Savant of His Age.

This new, enlarged volume contains much of Gibran's magnificent poetry and various prose pieces which he wrote when scarcely twenty years old. Translated superbly into English from his beloved mother tongue, Arabic, these timeless writings reveal his remarkably mature grasp of a subject which has challenged philosophers throughout history until today - man's destiny and the meaning of his existence.

In this volume also is Gibran's heralded story, "The Bride's Bed", a strange, gripping tale that is both a plea for individual liberty and an expression of his bitter condemnation of pre-arranged marriages of children by their parents. It is widely recognized that Gibran, through the razor-sharp attacks in this story and others like it, was responsible in great part for many social, political and religious reforms throughout the East.


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I am huge The Prophet* fan, so I pounced on the opportunity to buy a copy of this book. Reading Gibran is a wonderful way to get perspective and to think about life. If you haven't yet made his acquaintance, I hope you take the time to seek out his books; they never disappoint.

Have you read any of Gibran's work?


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