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The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi
by Elif Shafak

Published: 2011-04-26
Paperback : 368 pages
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In this lyrical, exuberant follow-up to her novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish ...

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In this lyrical, exuberant follow-up to her novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz—that together incarnate the poet's timeless message of love. 


Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Ella is mesmerized by his tale of Shams's search for Rumi and the dervish's role in transforming the successful but unhappy cleric into a committed mystic, passionate poet, and advocate of love. She is also taken with Shams's lessons, or rules, that offer insight into an ancient philosophy based on the unity of all people and religions, and the presence of love in each and every one of us. As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi's story mir­rors her own and that Zahara—like Shams—has come to set her free.

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by marylonergan (see profile) 09/25/17
we had a good discussion at bookclub with differing opinions + interpretations, which is always great. I LOVE the discussions we have in our group...

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  "if only one..."by marylonergan (see profile) 09/25/17

I really liked the way this book was written - short chapters, good character description + interaction, but I also liked that I got the "reminders" i happened to need t the time i read this book. Really... (read more)

 
  "A look into Eastern spirituality"by gmmoreno (see profile) 09/17/13

A very interesting read about Eastern spirituality. The story of Rumi and Shams is like no other. Inspiring, makes you think about God, love, & humanity. T

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