A HILARIOUS SOCIAL SATIRE IN THE STYLE OF GIBRAN'S THE PROPHET
"Let national security guide you in the laws that you transgress. For the security of our nation is the highest law unto which all other laws must beckon."
THE PROPHIT by Randy Berkman
W.W. Kushner Publisher
Book Review of THE PROPHIT From the Los Angeles Free Press
By Ellen Byrne:
THE PROPHIT is a wonderfully blasphemous satire of Gibran's THE PROPHET (not to be confused with Kellog Albran's satire titled THE PROFIT). Unlike Albran's book (which only parodizes Gibran's style), Berkman has captured the style through a cleverly eloquent critique of today's American society.
There is no doubt that the author knows and understands Gibran's universal book and that appreciation is the strength of this delightful parody which brutally and hysterically rips apart the few threads left holding together our society.
There is nothing apologetic about THE PROPHIT. It has been written with "...the primeval drive, both universal and potent, the desire to make a buck."
In the preface, author Berkman explains why THE PROPHIT is, without a doubt, one of the sharpest and best attempts at social criticism through parody. "I have always been struck by the contrast between life as described by Gibran (as it could be) and the way it is often lived. If the following pages serve to sharpen that contrast, at least part of my intentions will have been fulfilled."
For all of you idealists who have espoused THE PROPHET as your personal philosophy, THE PROPHIT is more than required reading. The neat thing about this book is that it should be shared.
A razor-edged wit costumed in a philosophical style, THE PROPHIT turns out to be one of the most unusual and best done social comments published knowingly in the past six months. It also makes agreat gift when you can't think of anything else to get someone.
And remember, when you think of the American lifestyle after reading this book, don't be afraid it will not harm you. You have become immune,* for if you hadn't you wouldn't (couldn't) have survived this long. You'd be a suicide statistic.
But, then again, you could always espouse THE PROPHIT's chapter on death in which the author clearly states, "Death is to be conquered for we shall not stand powerless in the face of oblivion...we are the omnipotent ones, people of American, we shall defeat death." I hope this book will not stand powerless in the face of oblivion, because it is truly worth reading (more than once).
OTHER READER RESPONSES
The idea is brilliant and its execution inspired.
Peter Kosetembaum, Ph.D., Author, Professor
I loved THE PROPHIT.
Jano Watts, (wife of Alan Watts)
I enjoyed it. If you'd like, I could have a major publisher duplicate it for you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Randy Berkman was born in a Central California agricultural community where he was able to sit for hours on end and watch peat dirt gather in the sky and upon window sills. His poetry has been translated into one language--English. His writing has been compared by some to the writing of others. He now lives near the beach in southern California, wondering how he got there.
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