I have wanted to do book reviews on here for the longest time but unfortunately, I lost touch with reading (another story for another day) and only recently did I manage to rediscover the long lost hobby. I did not want to take the traditional approach for a book review wherein I babble on about the context and give you my opinion of it which will influence your opinion and thereafter may not even result in you reading the book, which you actually may have enjoyed had I not given my opinion of it and talked about what I liked and did not like.
Although I do understand the benefits of book reviews, I do ultimately believe that when choosing a book to read, you as the reader need to connect with the book without anything/one acting as an influence. This is because you see and experience the style of writing, which I believe is one of the main factors that aids you in deciding whether or not that particular book is one you would like to read and experience.
Therefore I decided to only include the important information about the book – author and genre. Thereafter, I include a number of extracts from the book which I feel were interesting to ponder on. If you then find it somewhat interesting, you are free to carry out your own research on the writer and the book.
So here we go. Let us see how this works out. (:
If you know me, you know the beach is my absolute favourite place on earth and so it felt completely wrong to not get this book by Gibran, whose other works have long graced my bookshelves. Sand and Foam is a collection of his thoughts and these are the ones I particularly liked.
“Only once have I been made mute. It was when a man asked me, “who are you?””
“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.”
“There is a space between man’s imagination and man’s attainment that may only be traversed by his longing.”
“The significance of man is not what he attains, but rather in what he longs to attain.”
“My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.”
“When Life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind.”
“How noble is the sad heart who would sing a joyous song with joyous hearts.”
“Let us not be particular and sectional. The poet’s mind and the scorpion’s tail rise in glory from the same earth.”
“Should you care to write (and only the saints know why you should) you must needs have knowledge and art and music – the knowledge of the music of words, the art of being artless, and the magic of loving your readers.”
“When you reach the heart of life, you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty.”
“Many a woman borrows a man’s heart; very few could possess it.”
“If you would possess you must not claim.”
“Love that does not renew itself every day becomes a habit and in turn a slavery.”
“If you do not understand your friend under all conditions you will never understand him.”
“Perhaps a man may commit suicide in self-defense.”
“Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.”
“Is there a greater fault than being conscious of the other person’s faults?”
“You cannot judge any man beyond your knowledge of him, and how small is your knowledge.”
“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.”
“You cannot laugh and be unkind at the same time.”
“A traveler am I and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul.”
“Birth and death are the two noblest expressions of bravery.”
“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
“The bitterest thing in our today’s sorrow is the memory of our yesterday’s joy.”
“You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.”
“Was the love of Judas’ mother of her son less than the love of Mary for Jesus?”
I hope these ignited and stirred something in you as they did me. (: I cannot recommend Gibran enough and would suggest discovering his other works.
I look forward to our next reading. May the spirit be with you.