FORTY RULES OF LOVE EBOOK
Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Celebrated Turkish novelist Shafak ( The Bastard of The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi by [Shafak, Elif]. author of six novels, including The Forty Rules of Love, The Bastard of Istanbul, The Gaze, . For forty years Ella Rubinstein's life had consisted of still waters—a . Read "The Forty Rules of Love A Novel of Rumi" by Elif Shafak available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. In this lyrical.
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Life Improvement, Self Improvement, Spirituality Novel By Elif Shafak. eBook . Home; The Forty Rules of Love Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and love, her world is turned upside down. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. Read an Excerpt. Buy. Look Inside | Reading Guide Buy the Ebook: Kobo · Barnes & Noble · Apple · Books A Million.
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One can never finish reading him; it is an endless journey. Why did you decide to make The Forty Rules of Love such a polyphonic novel, using so many different narrators? The truth of fiction is not a fixed thing. If anything, it is more fluid than solid. It changes depending on each person, each character. Literature, unlike daily politics, recognizes the significance of ambiguity, plurality, flexibility.
Interestingly, this artistic approach is also in harmony with Sufi philosophy. Sufis, like artists, live in an ever-fluid world. They believe one should never be too sure of himself and they respect the amazing diversity in the universe. So it was very important to me to reflect that variety as I was writing my story.
What kind of research did you do for the novel? How much imaginative license did you take with the historical facts?
When you write about historical figures you feel somewhat intimidated at the beginning. It is not like writing about imaginary characters.
So to get the facts right, I did a lot of research. It is not a new subject to me. So there was some background.
However, after a period of intense reading and researching, I stopped doing that and solely concentrated in my story. I allowed the characters to guide me. In my experience the more we, as writers, try to control our characters, the more lifeless they become.
By the same token, the less there is of the ego of the writer in the process of writing, the more alive the fictional characters and the more creative the story. What are the challenges of writing about such a well-known and revered figure like Rumi? Do you feel you succeeded remaining true to the historical Rumi while bringing him fully into the imaginative realm of your novel? It was a big challenge, I must say.
On the one hand I have huge respect for both Rumi and Shams of Tabriz. So it was important to me to hear their voices, to understand their legacy as best as I could.
Yet on the other hand, I am a writer. I do not believe in heroes. In literature, there are no perfect heroes. Every person is a microcosm with many sides and conflicting aspects.
So it was essential for me to see them as human beings, without putting them up on a pedestal. Did your perception of Rumi and of Shams change in the course of writing about them? Writing this novel changed me perhaps in more ways than I can understand or explain. Every book changes us to a certain extent. Some books more so than others. They transform their readers, and they also transform their writers.
This was one of those books for me. When I finished it I was not the same person I was at the beginning. Much of the novel concerns the position of women both in the medieval Islamic world and in contemporary Western society. What is your sense of how women are faring in the Middle East today compared to women in Western cultures?
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There's so much to learn in this book about love, friendship true soul mate friendship, challenging yourself to grow, compassion for people of all types and religions. Show related SlideShares at end. With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!! It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored.
I didn't want the book to end and will definitely track down other books by Elif Shafak!