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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Library ed edition (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400145120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400145126
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,906,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elif Shafak is Turkey's most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She writes in both English and Turkish, and has published 13 books, nine of which are novels, including: The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour and her nonfiction memoir Black Milk. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages.She has more than one and a half million followers on Twitter: @elif_safak / www.elifshafak.com
Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Defying cliches and transcending boundaries her works draws on different cultures and cities, and reflects a strong interest in history, philosophy, culture, mysticism, Sufism and gender equality.
Shafak is also a political scientist and has taught at various universities in the USA, UK and Turkey. She has written for several international daily & weekly publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Independent and The World post/Huffington post.
She was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. She is married with two kids and divides her time between London and Istanbul.

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A gorgeous, jeweled, luxurious book (The Times )

Shafak will challenge Paulo Coelho's dominance. With its timely, thought-provoking message . . . The Forty Rules of Love deserves to be a global publishing phenomenon (Independent )

Enlightening, enthralling. An affecting paean to faith and love (Metro )

Colourfully woven and beguilingly intelligent (Daily Telegraph )

The past and present fit together beautifully in a passionate defence of passion itself (The Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elif Shafak is author of six other novels and a work of non-fiction. She is one of Turkey's most acclaimed and outspoken novelists and was prosecuted under Turkey's notorious penal code for insulting Turkishness. She teaches at the University of Arizona and divides her time between the US and Istanbul. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
This book was one of the best I have ever read. And that is for several reasons:

The Story: Rumi and Shams are two well known mystics and are a great source of influence and inspiration since the day of their meeting. Documenting their story in such a beautiful and well structured narrative is a challenge in itself, but drawing a modern-day parallel story underneath it to fuel its meanings is phenomenal, and that is exactly what the author did.

The narrative is informative, inspiring, and cohesive. The characters are intriguing, and the author managed to grant each his/her size without overdoing them. She conjured their stories and weaved them together meticulously. Each came in and out of the picture and the protagonists received a proper background and enough fuel for their events to fit within the narrative and provide full impact.

The Author: a great and quite provocative story-teller. The way she unfolds the events gradually, mixes them up, creates reading anxieties and excitement, and trickles the events in a gradual manner for me is highly intriguing. You get easily pulled into her world and she manages to immerse you in her newly created universe.

The Wisdom: simply put: The 40 Rules themselves are a marvelous piece of wisdom and inspiration. The short stories/aphorisms narrated by the characters are packed with wisdom as well. Both go hand in hand to reveal the essence of this novel.

In short, a piece of art that is a must in an ever-increasingly turbulent world.
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Time and time again I find myself being drawn back to this book. I've lost count of the amount of times I've read it.

On my first reading of this book, I found I could draw great solace from the words of Rumi and Shams as described by Ella Shafak. This book did truly change my life. It inspired me to start my journey to finding inner peace and taking a step back from the superficial needs of life. It also sparked my interest in Rumi, his life and the teachings of Sufi'ism.

Elif Shafak truly has the ability to transport you seamlessly across, not only frontiers but also eras through highlighting similarities and age old truths which will forever be timeless. The journey of love, peace and happiness is one that is undertaken by many and Elif illustrates that Rumi, Ella and Shams were no different. She cleverly keeps her central protagonist (Ella) as one that can easily be related to by many, particularly in the West.

To this day, I keep a copy of the rules close by as a source of reference during troubled (and enlightened) times. Thank you Elif Shafak, you won't know how much this book changed my life - "There is only one way to be born into a new life: to die before death".
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Initially captivating, the book descended into syrupy farce. Ella, the protagonist, ultimately relies on teachings of Sufi love and an ostensible overlay of Islamic theology to engage in an adulterous liaison. What tripe. Very far from the abandonment of Self advocated by Sufism, this seemed to glorify self-indulgence. Rather than the love of God, this books glorifies the satisfaction of one's lower desires (Nafs) without regard to the consequences to others. Ella's two modalities seem to be either doormat or extreme egoism, either quietly suffering her husband's infidelity or abandoning her family to engage in her own. All conception of duty, honor, dignity, fidelity, all of which are as indispensable an element of God as love, are thrown to the wayside. Rather than to seek perfection of love within her marriage to the man she has known for 20 years and borne three children with, she escapes with a stranger she hardly knows. This smacks not so much as love as desperate escapism, not so much surrender or submission as flight from reality and from responsibility.

The Greek's coined a term for the unconditional, divine and spiritual love of God and for enlightened beings for each other -- agape. Even in her understanding of what loving God means, the author confuses agape with eros. Less frenzy, more peace, less destructive self-indulgence, more understanding and forgiveness. Love is not a feeling, it is an action. Fleeing from your family, abandoning your marriage, following your emotions blindly regardless of the consequences -- these are not things that Sufism would countenance, and less acts of love than of self-destruction.

The author is gifted and a charming story-teller, which makes the work all the more problematic, seductive in its portrayal of a mode of thinking which is ultimately narcissistic and destructive. Sufism it most certainly is not.
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Great subtle novel. Turkish author who has rediscovered Shams Tebriz for this generation. Recommend this novel to anyone but particularly those interested in sufism.
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I loved this Book - it is unlike anything I had previously read.
Set in Turkey past and present it takes the Reader on a spiritual journey of enlightnment and love.
I learned so much about Shams of Tabriz and Rumi .The unique friendship they shared and the precious Poetry that emanated from it.
The present day Story involving Ella was poignant and wise.
As for the Forty Rules, I found myself writing them down so much did I want to absorb every facet of this marvellous work.
Highly recommend this work, you will not be disappointed.
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