The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

By | June 17, 2019
The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi Author Elif Shafak
ISBN-10 0143118528
ISBN-13 9780143118527
Year 2011-04-26
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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Listen to Elif Shafak s The Forty Rules of Love reviewed on NPRIn this lyrical exuberant follow up to her 2007 novel The Bastard of Istanbul acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narrativesone contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabrizthat 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 Zaharalike Shamshas come to set her free

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