The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi (Hardcover)

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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 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.

About the Author


Elif Shafak is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her books include the novels The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love and the memoir Black Milk. She lives in London and Istanbul.

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Product Details ISBN-10: 0670021458
ISBN-13: 9780670021451
Published: Viking Adult, 02/18/2010
Pages: 368
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 17
Minimum Grade Level: College Freshman
Maximum Grade Level: 12th Grade