Kahlil Gibran’s Little Book of Love – Book Review

  • Author: Neil Douglas-Klotz
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Amaryllis; an imprint of Manjul Publishing House (15 June 2019)
  • Language: English

My Review

Kahlil Gibran is a phenomenal writer of his times known for his simplistic yet profound writing. This Lebanese-American writer has been influenced by his middle eastern culture, nature mysticism, and spirituality. His words flow seamlessly exploring the various aspects of the subject in focus.

Neil has done a good job at collecting Gibran’s writings on love and relationships to compile and present it to modern readers. We run short of the time of delving deep into an even deeper text and hence, this short breezy read serves its purpose well in indulging us with Gibran effortlessly.

This book consists of several short essays, anecdotes, poems, where Gibran explores the nuances of love. He talks about how love can lead to a larger view of life. He uses quite simple words to explain what is important yet unknown to our senses. Or perhaps we do know things but are unaware of our realization. A few quotes here and there was a telling account of Gibran’s life as he goes on to put forth his experiences in and with love. His explanation of love is not confined to lovers but goes beyond it to seep through our relationships with self, our neighbors, and fellow beings.

Some of my favorites are enumerated below:

  • When love becomes vast, love becomes wordless. And when memory is overladen, it seeks the silent deep.
  • Love is more than an emotion. It is a sacred force that breaks our ideas of who we think we are and transports us on a path that extends through this life and beyond.
  • Oftentimes I have hated in self-defense. But if I were stronger, I would not have used such a weapon.
  • Love has many faces, many ways to play hide and seek. those whom we call family, friends, strangers, and enemies all reveal the fingers of one loving hand.
  • You may have forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.
  • Lovers embrace that which is between them rather than each other.

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