This book was in my book-shelf for more than four years, and I had no plans to read it. I thought it was just another novel about ‘Love’, so I withheld reading it.
And guess what? I was wrong.
What can I say? I can’t find words! I’m completely shaken by this masterpiece.
(Finding words to say something! How interesting, absorbing and compelling this book was.)
Okay, where should I start with a book like this? I’m scared my review may do injustice to the book, because this book is a beauty, respectfully beautiful.
The Forty Rules of Love consists two parallel tales. The first narrative is about Ella, who works for a literary agency and she was given a book entitled Sweet Blasphemy to make a report about it, and second narrative or chronicle (if I may) of this novel is the Sweet Blasphemy. It’s a story of the great mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi with his soul instructor, companion, friend and a soul mate, Shams of Tabriz in their journey for eternal love of God.
The first narrative of Ella was somehow a little odd and empty, I didn’t find it exciting as the second one. Shafak really nailed it in narrating the second narrative, the Sweet Blasphemy. The way it was shown from many perspectives.
I loved everything about this book and most of it is because of Shams of Tabriz, from his magnificent rules of love, to his daring personality, to his love and belief in God, everything about him was so beautiful and mesmerizing. This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. The marvelous piece of wisdom and inspiration.
This is a must read for everyone (and yes, if you are ready to transform this one is for you). A book that goes beyond all faiths and beliefs, Highly recommended!