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About the Author

The Lebanese-American artist, poet, and author Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) combined beauty and spirituality in philosophy. His best-known work, The Prophet, achieved a lasting popularity in the 1960s as countercultural guide, and his writings remain a staple of wedding and graduation rituals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (December 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486419118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486419114
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By S. M Marson on January 27, 2002
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Kahlil Gilbran's masterpiece has always been considered THE PROPHET. In addition to writing this profound and inspiring poetry, he composed 12 other books of verses. However, none of these are as renown as THE PROPHET. In fact, many Americans who love THE PROPHET don't realize the existence of his other work. This is too bad.
THE MADMAN was first published in 1918. Although written nearly 100 years ago, it remains timely. In addition, it was Gibran's first published verse. It went out of print several years ago, but has recently been made available. This book of verse is a real treasure. Of all Gilbran's writing, THE MADMAN is my favorite. In fact, I like it more than THE PROPHET. I found it thoughtful, insightful and most importantly self reflecting.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Puff on January 9, 2004
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This is a collection of short parables ranging in length from a single paragraph to a few pages. They are individualist in nature and center around a single soul's dealings with the world around it. Notions of truth and being are communicated in that soul's interactions with God, friends, neighbors, strangers, animals and itself. It is quite possibly the most perfect writing I have ever read.
Fans of prose should enjoy Gibran's style immensely. I prefer it to the general colloquial style of writing and it is more expressive than similar styles of essay and short story writing. Gibran also has several other books, in addition to "The Prophet," that are worthy of reading. I own "The Madman,
"The Voice of the Master," and "Sand and Foam." This one is my favorite. It is an astoundingly eloquent, but still clear and expressive collection of writing on the most fundamentally important of all topics.
There are very few human beings capable of rivaling scripture in the emotions that their writings invoke. Kahlil Gibran was one of them.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jam on January 1, 2008
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Like all Gibran's writings, The Madman puts the mind in a peaceful and tranquil state.
The Madman is a collection of 35 short moral stories and poetry that tell the tale of an individual who had all his self-imposed illusions and artificial faces stripped from him, leaving him just with the truth of his life, his observations and his surroundings. It shows the irony of sanity and it's status as a social construct.

This book is very short (only around 71 pages, depending on your edition) and can be read very quickly. This is useful, because I've found I wanted to read it several times over. It's especially great for plane rides or any other situation in which you might find yourself harried or stressed with things beyond your control.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By emoboy44 on June 30, 2000
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this book is amazing. gibran has a sense of wisdom in his words that makes us think about who we really are. truly a beautiful work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Jacobs on March 19, 2010
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After reading 'The Prophet' and 'Sand & Foam' I thought I'd carry on my ramblings through the mind of Gibran. 'The Madman' is as good as the previous two mentioned and is , again, full of great insights and revelations - another must read from Gibran on the White Crow inprint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. DeKalb on June 20, 2012
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As always Gibran scribes his insightful nearly mystic but more lent toward existential prose. A master at making you first feel then only after think. `The Madman' is no different.

It seems a collection of his colder, more depressive works - to say "my joy died of isolation" indicates the vibe of the work as a sum. `The Madman' appears to seek not to be understood but to have others understand `the nothingness' behind all things, the unapproachable "I" that's enslaved if it were claimed to be understood and the facets of "self" that compose a body that become understood, trapping but none the less a mere part of `the nothingness'.

While not as outstanding as `The Prophet' in my opinion, still an excellent work in its own regard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Goodman on January 23, 2007
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Not as much depth as "The Prophet", but little morsels of insight to chew on throughout the day. It's a book to feel and experience its effects in your soul, not intellectually mastered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alyssa on September 21, 2012
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this is one of my favorite books of all time, but this particular binding is riddled with typos, so if that bothers you, I recommend buying a different one.
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