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In this lyrical exuberant follow up to her 2007 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 o. I heard the author of this book Elif Shafak interviewed on NPR on my way to work and had to rush out and buy the book in hardback no less based on her interview It's rare to hear someone on the radio and think That is an amazingly interesting person I would love her writing Kudos to Books Inc in Alameda one of the few independent bookstores around I walked in and said I was looking for a book by a Turkish author and there was something about love in the title and they found itThe Forty Rules of Love follows the parallel life paths of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz in the 13th century a rather famous pair the unfolding story of Ella a Massachusetts housewife with her first editing job and Aziz Z Zahara the globe trotting author of the book she is reading I was particularly impressed with the way Shafak told the story of Rumi and Shams through the eyes of the people around them the historical chapters are alternately written in the voices of Rumis very different sons the leper who begs outside the mosue the prostitute trying to leave her brothel Rumi's wife Shams' main enemy a leading scholar and many others Not surprisingly I found the female characters particularly compelling as they took Shams' forty rules and attempted to apply them to their own lives often finding they were not always a perfect fit The forty rules themselves are worth returning to after finishing the book for further contemplation I feel I would be able to understand the book on a much deeper level if I knew Arabic and had a basic grounding in the Koran while reading I had the sense there was a great deal being alluded to But even as an English speaking westerner with little knowledge of Islam I now have a much greater sense of respect for Sufism and the place it occupies opposite the traditional interpretation of Islam This book is a study in opposites discipline vs spontaneity reason vs love perspective vs acceptance wisdom vs youth and foundation vs risk Although the book argues strongly in favor of love spontaneity and acceptance it is actually the balance created between the two extremes that is most important this balance is often represented as the friendship of two people who represent opposite attributes Parts of the novel reminded me of The Feminine Face of God which actually may have no relation to Shafak's writing and there were bits of aura interpretation that slipped in here and there what I liked best however was its frank treatment of the dangers of the spiritual path When one pushes beyond the boundaries society draws around spirituality when one starts to say no to things one has said yes to before and one says yes to things one has said no to before when one challenges accepted notions of respect holiness and spiritual authority this is Pema Chodron's when the rug is pulled out from under you a much celebrated place in spiritual development What I particularly appreciate about this book is its honest and direct treatment of that place and the deep confusion and pain it can bring to the seeker and those close to them And of course the beauty and wisdom that come from that difficult experience Had Shams not challenged every aspec

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Aşk AUTHOR Elif ShafF loveElla 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 co. Finally The book I wanted to read for such a long timeGlad I managed to finish my ARC pile Now its time for some pleasure reading

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Aşk AUTHOR Elif Shafak Read Ö 104 º In this lyrical exuberant follow up to her 2007 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 TabrizMmitted 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. Unlike many other readers I did not like this book I felt like the story narrative was a half baked excuse to string together the Forty Rules of Love It would have bern better to just have listed the forty rules of love with the list of source materials given in the back Spoiler alert i mention what happens in the book in the next sentence That Ella the main character in our present time leaves her husband and children to engage in a romantic relationship with her Sufi teacher dishonors her and I feel Sufism It dishonors her because she spends too much time thinking the answers and the presence she seeks is to be found in another person rather than deep within herself It dishonors Sufism by showing a Sufi teacher becoming romantically engaged with a married woman and taking off with her to another country Rather than becoming a bridge as a teacher who does not have sex with his student to help her realize her own potential the gifts that are within her he takes off with her to Turkey This may seem romantic but is also emotionally and spiritually cheap