Fourty Rules of Love- Elif Shafaq

Review on “Fourty Rules of Love” By Elif Shafaq

A book review is traditionally meant to answer two questions. Weather this book is worth reading? And Why?

The answer to the first question is yes. The second, however, is that I love the feeling reading a book and chapter by chapter I slowly find myself melting away. This book is treasury of words. This book leaves you feeling Liberated, liberated enough to love people, to forgive them. This book could change a mind or a life.

Have you come ever to arise a book that changed your mind and became a part of your bookshelf forever? I did and that was Forty Rules of Love. This book is a beautiful mix of history, sorrow, philosophy and reality of life. The name of the book doesn’t actually refer to certain romantic rules; it’s more about religious guidelines, involving love.

Forty Rules of loves is about Sufism, about finding God, about Love. A set of rules shared by Shams of Tabriz, a mystic Sufi with his companion Jalaluddin Rumi. These rules are things you want to tell yourself everyday but can’t put into words. This is a story of historical narrative about a Sufi poet within the contemporary tale of an unhappy housewife Ella. American housewife 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 a work of fiction called “Sweet Blasphemy”, written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Zahara’s novel, which tells 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. Ella falls in love with Aziz, his writings. As Ella reads on, she realizes that Rumi’s story mirrors her own and that Aziz like Shams, has come to set her free, to transform her in a way she never could have imagined.

I highly recommend this book. I can read this book innumerable times! I am in love with Shams Of Tabriz, in love with his personality. I am in love with every page of this Book. And after reading this I have realized that its time to read some Jalaluddin Rumi.

Written By
Tahjiba Afreen Adrita
She is a 2nd year student of Law at Chittagong University.

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