Books: Prophet from Bsherri

THIS MAN FROM LEBANON— Barbara Young—Knopf ($2.50).

Kahlil Gibran's mother was the daughter of a Maronite priest.* His father was the son of a wealthy landowner of Lebanon. He was born in Bsherri, a 4,000-year-old village high in the Lebanon Mountains, on Jan. 6, 1883. On Christmas Eve every human being in the village walked through the snow to church, carrying a lighted lantern. At midnight the bells began, and children and old men sang an ancient Galilean chant. They spoke in Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Kahlil said later that on three different...

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