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I love khalil Gibran as an author.When I finished reading his``The Broken Wings,``I was...

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sanjiwan | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted August 21, 2012 at 6:16 AM via web

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I love khalil Gibran as an author.When I finished reading his``The Broken Wings,``I was deeply touched by the work.

Are there any authors who writes like him or better than him when it comes to writing romantic novels?

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iklan100 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 9, 2012 at 7:34 AM (Answer #1)

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Dear sanjiwan, hello.

I like a great deal of Gibran's work myself-- you know, in English they generally mispell his name as 'Kahlil' and you'll probably even find online encyclopedia entries on him, listed thus; so Im glad to see you spell his name properly, with the Arabic 'khay' not 'kaf'!  : )

'Broken Wings' (1912) is an early Arabic work of Gibran's and very poetic and yes, 'romantic' in the sense of being both a love story and haveing Romanticist influence. Apart from very strong Arabic and Persian Sufic literary influences on his work (mostly the poetry and tales of Hazrat i Mevalana Rumi, Hafiz, Jami, Saadi, Busiri and others etc) , Gibran, immigrating to the United States as a youth, was also influenced by English and French writers-- especially Shakespeare (reading a play like 'Romeo and Juliet' and his sonnets wil show you why), the tragic young poet John Keats and the French writer Victor Hugo. You will not find any of them to be 'like' Gibran (all great writers are different and unique) but you may perhaps enjoy reading some od their work like you did Gibran. If you'd like to read another great Arab writer with something of the sort of symbolisc diction that Gibran had, you might find Naguib mahfouz worth reading; and if you'd like to read another very highly 'spiritually charged' work by a fine writer, I would strongly recommend Paulo Coehlo's ''The Alchemist''. Although more 'difficult' , you might also like to read (in translation of course) , in due course, ''One Hundred Years of Solitude'' and ''Love in the Time of Cholera'' by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

There is a world of literature and truth awaiting you out there, please, and you will find many fine writers and poets from many diverse cultures, who will lead you beyond Gibran , on your own quest for love, truth and beauty. Good luck.


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