Monday, February 3, 2014
Book Review - Nymphs of the Valley by Kahlil Gibran
Every so often in my reading adventures, I stumble across a literary gem that makes me smile and satisfies me enough that I have to tell everyone about the book. My most recent "gem" is Nymphs of the Valley by Kahlil Gibran. The slim book contains three "parables" that serve as lessons and wisdom of Life for all. Although Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) write this book in 1906, the well written and delightful tales will appeal to people today.
"Martha", the first "parable", tells the story of a young innocent country woman who makes a choice that will irrevocably change her life.
"Dust of the Ages and the Eternal Fire" is proof that love can survive Time, even when that love stands before Death.
"Yuhanna the Mad", the final "parable", asks the readers a question: if the voice of God came from an unlikely source, would the words still be taken seriously?
Each "parable" gives the reader a chance to reflect and to understand that Life, our individual Life, is sacred and to be thought of as so. Even when Life is filled with strife, anger, desperation and despair, redemption comes and the scales are balanced once more. Without pain, there would be no understanding of joy. With laughter comes pain, sorrow with a smile, and tears with dreaming.
Nymphs of the Valley is a book that can be read over and over again for a chance to discover something new.