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The Prophet By Khalil Gibran

The Book I choose is The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, which I consider one of the books I first read that got me into reading books and nurtured my interest in poetry, I consider it one of my favourite books.

It's been a while since I read the book, so it would be a great thing to get back to it and explore it again and find new dimensions to Gibran's word, although reading it in different time and different age will give a new light to it. I am not sure if I will still be fond of the book as I was in the age when I first read it of 17 or 16, I am now 23 not that old but still I have been through alot in the past 5-6 years.

The book had another side to it to me which is the character of Gibran himself and his own ideals which I found spiritual, mystic and humanistic, the book has a lot of Gibran as a human and an artist his reflections on life and his life as a foreigner who lived far away from home similar to the protagonist.

Book Synopsis:

The prophet, Almustafa, has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.

Book Covers: 

The Book Cover of the Edition I own.

 

and here's another example of book covers which follow the same idea of using the portrait drawn by Gibran portraying the main character in the design.

here are 3 designs which I didn't like : 

The reason I didn't like these although the first one from the left looks good on it's own, is that for me they felt Orientalist and I am not sure if the designer really know the background of the book and the author, I don't understand using an Islamic persian miniature portraying Prophet Mohamed as a book cover( the first one from the right.)

here are some other book cover designs which I found are different from the usual ones using Gibran Drawings: 

I personally find that the Book covers for this book lack the variation I expected for such a widely translated, published and sold book, I would really like to produce something different that while looks beautiful will manage in interpreting the book as the best as I can.

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