Synopsis: A holy man of some sort, due to depart on a boat shortly, dispenses wisdom to townsfolk gathered to see him off on topics such as love, religion, beauty, and death among others.
This is Kahlil Gibran's best known work, and despite being so short (readable in about 1 - 2 hours) its very intense. Its the sort of book that if if you want to understand any of it, you have to slow down and read it carefully and think about what your reading.
He's very prosaic with his writing, there's a lot of old school classical charm to it, but the real value here is both what he says and doesn't say.
"And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds it's morning and is refreshed."