Kahlil Gibran: His Life and World (review)

So, for the umpteenth time, here I am, reading yet another biography of the Great Poet Kahlil Gibran. This time, it’s one written by a couple called Jean Gibran and Kahlil Gibran. The second Kahlil here is the Poet’s own niece who goes by the same name.

I just started reading the book and have only read about the possible origins of the Gibrans in a small lonely limestone city of Besharri, under the looming white apparition called Mt. Lebanon and Kahlil’s first months in South End, home to the immigrant community in the city of Boston.

Many years ago I read a biography of Kahlil Gibran by Suheil Bushrui. Thinking about the book in retrospect, I think Bushrui doesn’t have very much to say about the social condition of the South End during Gibran’s childhood. But this current book I’m reading has more to say. It combines information from Gibran’s own accounts (that he wrote years and years later), newspaper bits, and statistical documents kept by the city of Boston. Pretty much, His Life and World aims to re-create the atmosphere of South End that helped the birth of the Poet as a young man.

Well, I’ll see you again soon here when I have anymore to say about the book. As of now, this is what I got to offer.


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