THE MADMAN-KHALIL GIBRAN
June 19, 2008 § 7 Comments
Well actually ,I an reading an omnibus of Khalil Gibran’s works.I have finished four of books till now.All of them SAND AND THE FOAM,THE PROPHET AND THE MADMAN are beautiful books.Each one of them is amazing.
The prophet is about a prophet who is going back to his home country and is speaking to the people of the country he is leaving.The way he weaves and colours all the solemn questions is something which left me in awe.
The Madman,is just amazing.Here is the introduction to it,borrowed it from here:
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 an 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.
The book has a touch of class,which is so unique to Gibran,it is visible in all
the works i have read till now.There is no time line,in any of his books.
What he writes is time less.I cannot compare him to anyone.You can see authority in his books.
When i say that i mean,the way he writes tells you,
he has written straight from within.Well i just read it 🙂
I am going to finish all the other 8 books ASAP and write about them all here 🙂
And you can read the madman here.