5 books finished in 2013: The Prophet

5 books finished in 2013

Why are you reading this book?
It was sent to me by a friend, one in a pile of books he thought I’d enjoy/appreciate.

What is the first line?
“Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn unto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his hip that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth.”

Describe the book in haiku form:
I don’t even know
there were some profound pieces
but I fell asleep.

This might be a book
that requires slow, close reading,
which I did not do.

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
x keep and loan out to friends x
keep to read again & again & again
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away

Anything else you’d like to say?
I totally powered through this in one day, which is probably not the ideal way to read such a book. It was much more like poetry than prose, but I read it like a story.

One of these days, I’m going to learn how to respect poetry when I read it. And then I’ll pick this up again.

Note: I finished this book on February 5th, but kept putting off this review, because I felt bad for not liking the book and/or not giving it more of a chance. For this reason, you’re going to see a quick succession of book reviews, as I catch up.

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