Thought-provoking collection of life-affirming parables and poems by the author , casting an ironic light on the beliefs, aspirations, and vanities of humankind.
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Khalil Gibran--"The Madman"
The delight of reading these pages doesn't come from musing at Gibran's use of language--it comes from observing yourself as you read the words and how your language understands the words--not a verbal language but one that transcends the pointing quality of the linguistic form of a word and enters the emotional and mental quality of a pointer--the langugeless consiousness that all people share.
And as his words work like mazes, they confuse you and continue the ambiguity of miscommunication that comes from translated texts. The necessary ambiguity that helps you tap into your own madman-do his words still speak to you what they spoke to Gibran? Gibran's "The Prophet" was a series of messages, comparisons, free verse ballads--spoken through the noble and ethotic figure of a celebrated Prophet. Gibran didnt dare utter the muses of his madness through the mouth of Mohammed. So what has he done here as The Madman? He has confused and offended and injured his readers--cornering them to a place where they can only lean on their own insanities to attempt to understand him...always pausing for a "?" at the end of each chapter...to read it again and question your intelligence or question Gibran's.
"The Prophet" helps to find sanity again--but is this Madman truly the opposite of the Prophet in Gibran? No, and yes. This text brings to question the possibility of the speakers sanity through his constant recollection of his insanity, his madness. Prophet Mohammed, as some might recollect as well, was also called a Madman--are these these the words of Mohammed before his years of prophethood? Was this Gibran before he became the prophet? I would rather not do my research and recommend you do not as well...there is a prophet, a madman, a lover and beast and much more in us all... And as a writer Gibran knows he cannot write about one of his masks without mentioning another--Gibran observes our archetypes in "The Madman" as we observe our understanding of the text as the "self respected" sane. Read it; muse at his ego as you notice yours...question the legitimacy of this translation--take the typos as the misrepresentation of the language itself but embrace them, and observe at how you initially reject them. keep reading this text until you find your own thoughts racing, not reading at all but thinking. This text is a push on the gears of sanity and madness in your mind--are you looking for wisdom in the unwise?
This text teaches us to embrace our miscommunications with ourselves, our desires and pleasures,our mistakes and false judgements, our moral and reason. It reminds us of our bitter mortality but reminds us again to keep high above it, observe it as we observe our egos observing Gibran and his "madness".
I feel nothing Ive written has made any sense, but I know what that what Im saying is coming from a box of thought in my head that I havent opened for months until I read this text.
Read it, if not for your love of Gibrans and his insanity than for the love of yourself.