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The Madman   By: (1883-1931)

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Khalil Gibran's The Madman is a collection of poetic musings that delve deep into the complexity of human emotion and thought. Through a series of interconnected stories and verses, the author explores themes of love, spirituality, and societal norms, challenging readers to question their own understanding of reality.

One of the most enchanting aspects of this unconventional book is how it challenges the traditional narrative structure. Instead of presenting a linear storyline with characters and a plot, Gibran takes a more abstract approach, offering a collection of individual pieces that are intertwined thematically. Reading The Madman feels like being immersed in a profound and introspective conversation with a wise old soul. Each page is filled with philosophical insights that encourage readers to ponder the nature of life and their place within it.

Gibran's writing style is undoubtedly poetic and enchanting. Every sentence is crafted with care, evoking vivid imagery and provoking deep emotions. His words flow effortlessly, and readers will find themselves captivated by the profound simplicity and beauty of his language. The poetry in The Madman is a celebration of life's contradictions and paradoxes, making it a timeless and relatable piece of literature.

While the book's structure may seem unconventional at first, it has a purpose of its own. By presenting these fragmented thoughts and stories, Gibran challenges conventional wisdom and invites readers to question societal norms and expectations. The Madman acts as a mirror, reflecting readers' own innermost thoughts and pushing them to look beyond the superficial aspects of life. In doing so, Gibran encourages a deeper exploration of one's own beliefs and values.

Central to The Madman is Gibran's examination of love. Through his poems and stories, he explores both the joy and pain that love brings, exposing the vulnerability and complexities of human relationships. He delves into the idea of love as a transformative force, capable of uniting souls and providing a deeper meaning to existence. Gibran's portrayal of love is both realistic and idealistic, highlighting its power to heal and uplift but also acknowledging its potential to wound.

The Madman is not a book that can be read in one sitting. It requires time and contemplation, as each piece deserves to be savored and reflected upon. Its profound insights and spiritual musings make it an ideal read for those looking to explore philosophical questions of existence and purpose. While it may not be a book for everyone, those willing to embark on a literary journey that pushes the boundaries of traditional storytelling will find themselves captivated by The Madman's depth and thought-provoking nature.

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The Madman

His Parables and Poems

By Kahlil Gibran

You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen, the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives, I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, "Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves."

Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.

And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house top cried, "He is a madman." I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks."

Thus I became a madman.

And I have found both freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief.


In the ancient days, when the first quiver of speech came to my lips, I ascended the holy mountain and spoke unto God, saying, "Master, I am thy slave. Thy hidden will is my law and I shall obey thee for ever more... Continue reading book >>

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