The Madman: His Parables and Poems heftetEngelsk, 2016

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A little book that teaches you more about life and yourself and inspires you immensely.

The short parables throughout the book will fascinate you in that their brevity means a wealthy of meaning was hidden just beneath the text.

Uncovering the meanings of these parables is like figuring out a book full of puzzles, and this is perhaps the most entertaining, original, unprecedented experience you'll have had in reading.

Gibran is beyond wise and a philosopher because he has been able to capture wisdom in verses and stanzas that call out to us from our inner being. The Madman has already opened a universe of possibilities for others with the short parables.

Rendering the reader, who reads his books, completely speechless with tons of thoughts, feelings and enlightenment within, that's what makes him the pioneer of evoking the un-evoke-able.

Some Nuggets From the Book:

1. "Defeat, my defeat, my deathless courage, You and I shall laugh together with the storm, And together we shall dig graves for all that die in us, and we shall stand in the sun with a will, And we shall be dangerous"

2. "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."

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

4. "Once there lived in the ancient city of Afkar two learned men who hated and belittled each other's learning. For one of them denied the existence of the gods and the other was a believer.

One day the two met in the market-place, and amidst their followers they began to dispute and to argue about the existence or the non-existence of the gods. And after hours of contention they parted.That evening the unbeliever went to the temple and prostrated himself before the altar and prayed the gods to forgive his wayward past. And the same hour the other learned man, he who had upheld the gods, burned his sacred books. For he had become an unbeliever."

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