40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak | Book Review

A story of conflict between the scholar and the mystic, between the mind and the heart.

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It’s not just a novel. It’s a story of conflict between the scholar and the mystic, between the mind and the heart. A story of love and companionship that transformed a scholar into a poet that the world today know as Rumi.

After recommending the youth in Pakistan to watch Ertugrul, and we all know how that’s turned out, Imran Khan now wants you to read The Forty Rules of Love – a novel that narrates the tales of Maulana Jalal-Ud-Din (Rumi) and his companion Shams Tabrizi.

 

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“This October, I suggest our youth to read The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. An inspirational book about divine love, Sufism, Rumi and his Murshid Shams Tabriz. I read it a few years back and was deeply inspired,” Khan suggested the audiences.

Written by the Turkish author in 2009, the novel is set in the 13th century and revolves around the life of Ella, who soon begins to question the many ways she has settled for a conventional life devoid of passion and real love.

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.

“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.”

Tell us in the comments section as what do you think about this masterpiece?