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The Forty Rules of Love
The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi | Elif Shafak
Listen to Elif Shafak's The Forty Rules of Love reviewed on NPR In 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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JSW
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A contemplative book that entwines two stories - Ella's, and Shams and Rumi. The sections on Shans and Rumi are further split into the stories of those whose lives they touched, giving the reader multiple perspectives. YMMV with this book, but I found nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout via the 40 rules of the title.

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DGRachel
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#unpopularopinion This is a novel with two stories-one, a decent historical fiction account of the poet Rumi‘s spiritual awakening courtesy of the Shams of Tabriz & the other, a modern day literary fiction tale that is everything I HATE about lit fic-a sad, middle aged woman in a bad marriage with disrespectful kids , who begins an emotional affair with a stranger. I defeated the audio narrator, which didn‘t help. Bailing at 60%.

Suet624 That sounds like such a strange combination of things. 1w
DGRachel @Suet624 I can see how it ties together, with Ella‘s “awakening” in some ways mirroring Rumi‘s, and is probably love this if it was just Rumi‘s story, but I hate the kind of literary fiction that consists of unhappy married women discovering they are unhappy and having affairs to find themselves. 🤮 1w
Suet624 Yes, I would enjoy the Rumi and Shams part a lot I think. 1w
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rimwar

The only way to develop compression. it is not similarities or regularities that take us a step forward, but blunt opposites. And all the opposites in the universe are present within each and every one of us.

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rimwar

Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire!
The universe turns differently when fire loves water

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Emilymdxn
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Fantastic book that has got me fascinated by Sufi mysticism - a beautiful, loving, peaceful part of Islam you can go decades in Britain without hearing a word about apparently 🙄 this was such a poignant inspiring story about a woman who thought it was too late to change her life, and the lives of the 13th century mystics who impacted her 700 years later, as well as a gorgeous romance.

#tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Graywacke I‘ll start her latest on audio soon. Looking forward to finally getting to one of her books. This sounds terrific. 2mo
Emilymdxn Hey @Clwojick just checking you got this one for points! You must have so many comments to respond to! 1mo
Emilymdxn @Graywacke is that 12 minutes 48 seconds? I read that earlier this year fantastic book! 1mo
Graywacke @Emilymdxn yes. Have it downloaded 1mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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Mehso-so

I'm sure the book is amazing but philosophy is not my type. I think Paulo Coelho lovers will really enjoy this one

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SanjanaGhosh
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AkashPhoenix @SanjanaGhosh Awesome pick. I've been a fan of Shafak and she's amazing. I had my fingers crossed for 10mins secs to win the Booker this time :( 3mo
SanjanaGhosh @AkashPhoenix are there other books by her which are just this good ?😍 3mo
AkashPhoenix I love all her books. I would recommend Bastard of Istanbul & 10mins 38seconds in this strange world. It's hard to not fall in love with Tequila Leila! 👍🥰 3mo
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stephothebesto
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KatieB
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With part of the story set in the 1200s, this book was a little out of my comfort zone but I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it. My only criticism is that equal time wasn't given to both stories in the dual narrative and it left me wanting more from the second one. 4*

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KatieB
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Decided on this for the week of my wedding and so far it seems like a great choice!

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bookaliciouss

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven‘t loved enough.”

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Petelord
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One of my all time favourites

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IuliaCG
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A wonderful praise to love's essence, nature and underlying reality. A contemporary story of the destiny changing and liberating force of love, fueled by the fascinating spiritual bond between the famous Persian poet Rumi and Sufi dervish Shams of Tabriz

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avalinah
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The Forty Rules of Love is poetic, and yet – really simple to follow. Fans of The Alchemist will love it, and yet, fans of more down-to-earth spirituality won't roll their eyes either. Full review: http://bit.ly/2UeChwU

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Michellesibs
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I wanted to love this but I Struggled with a capital S. It all just fell a bit flat for me. I felt the characters were two dimensional, just a few pages extra developing the main players personalities would have made such a difference as I've spent over 300 pages with these guys and they still feel like strangers.
Full review can be found here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2677946585

Naj Thanks for the review. This was high on my tbr but won't be reading it now. 11mo
Michellesibs @Naj I was so disappointed as I'd heard fab things about her, although I won't rush I will give her another shot at some stage. Have a fab weekend! 11mo
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Zafran
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A journey to rose via a thorn paved path

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Parvez
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A superbly crafted book narrating the spiritual Interactions between Jalauddin Rumi and his spiritual Mentor, Shams Tabriz,on the one hand and the lessons of that spiritual companionship for a sensitive, questioning, married woman in a modern US family, seeking a deeper
meaning and inner satisfaction beyond the normal, humdrum life.

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Parvez

“No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within.”

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Parvez

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven‘t loved enough.”

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Parvez
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Currently reading this gem

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ambivalentk
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Amazing book

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Saaliha_PP

Tenth rule:East,West,South or north makes little difference.No matter what ur destination,just be sure to make every journey a journey within.If u travel within,you'll travel the whole wide world and beyond.

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sakshis11
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Elf shayad

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Ash82
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This book so beautiful and well written.

mrozzz Welcome to Litsy! I‘ve been looking forward to reading Shafak for awhile, glad to know the writing is of high quality (edited) 1y
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ontheBL
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A beautifully intricate novel about love, religion, and being a good person.

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olivviia
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This isn't the kind of book that would be on my reading list. But a friend recommend it so enthusiastically, I picked it up and was hooked from page one. It's not sappy but profoundly moving. And I look forward to reading it again.

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Yanes
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This book is so wonderfully written... I am in love 😍🤗

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Yanes
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"When something needs to be said, I'll say it even if the whole world grabs me by the neck and tells me to keep quiet."

I don't know when I said something that needed to be said without thinking about the consequences... for example when did you say something knowing it would throw the other off or even hurt the other... just to say what needed to be said?

Oh this book keeps me thinking...

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Yanes
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My next book to read...

"Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven't loved enough ..."

This is so true in so many ways...

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“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven‘t loved enough.”

Inspired by Rumi‘s message of love and his spiritual master-Shams of Tabriz, this book talks about life, love, spirituality, friendship, and society that encourages you to fill your life with love.
#getmovin #ibelieveinathingcalledlove

eanderson 💕❤️💕 2y
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Vedrana
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💗💗💗💗💗💗😍
#elifshafak

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Aayan
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Amazingly beautiful, i just cant put it off even after i had read it twice in tandem. I was shocked, amazed, springing with joy when i tried to recall and review it again & again in my mind, and i wasn't altogether able to abbreviate in one go.
This is a strange kind of fiction enriched with human emotions, historical but at the same time the protogonist is contemporarily living with us is one of our kind. And yeah folks this romance saga has Rumi

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Varshitha
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Finally starting with the readathon..

#24in48readathon
@24in48

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FB931
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A book worth reading.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you.🙂 10mo
FB931 Thank you 10mo
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GatheringBooks
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#FallIntoBooks Day 16: A #ListLovers holy grail, most likely. What, pray tell, are those 40 rules. Might be a life-changing experience learning about this list.

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alia.anwar.12
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A book with beautiful words❤️

Ahmad.marouf 😍😍 2y
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shradha99
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If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven't loved enough

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Thebooknookae
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“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come” ~Forty Rules Of Love~

#bookworm #bookstagram #bookstgramuae #books #bookish #bookishtea #booksandtea #elifshafak #fortyrulesoflove #bookreview #bookreviewuae #bookrevieweruae #thebooknookreview #thebooknookae #bibliophile

BookishMarginalia What a lovely pic! 3y
zoeymuses.aboutbooks I need to read this asap! 3y
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Thebooknookae You will love it! @zoeymuses.aboutbooks 3y
sayaf Best 2y
FB931 One of my favourites 2y
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BookLoves
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One of my favourite reads of 2017!

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JenFowler
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--Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent – and suddenly her life is transformed. --

"Some people make the mistake of confusing ‘submission‘ with ‘weakness,‘ whereas it is anything but. Submission is a form of peaceful acceptance of the terms of the universe, including the things we are currently unable to change or comprehend."
#tbr #setinthemiddleeast #MayBookFlowers

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erzascarletbookgasm
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A novel within a novel, I like the beautiful writing. An enlightenment to a different culture, of mysticism and Sufism. Though the relationship between Rumi and Shams was engaging, the character of Ella was one-dimensional to me. It was just an ok read but the cover is so pretty.
#maybookflowers #setinthemiddleeast

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Ishita15
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Interesting! #quickread #rumi

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broccoli666
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Okay. This book is going so well so far and turning out to be quite interesting. *.*

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