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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,798,076 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.

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Saima Ejaz on 19 Sept. 2014
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By far one of the best books I have read in recent times. It was tweeted about a year ago by Imran Khan that he read this book and was inspired! I can say the same that The Forty Rules of Love is extremely inspirational and life changing. Must Read for all those wanting change and to know more about Shams Tabrez and Rumi..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Will Adams on 29 May 2013
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adil Hussain on 29 Jan. 2012
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Good read: good character portrayals; full of good lessons about looking out for the downtrodden in society and rising above the 'what will people say' mentality; justified and considerate criticisms of the Muslim status quo I felt; well edited such that every word seemed to count and I found myself not having to sift through fluff to find the important stuff; and love a book that's split into nice small chapters! My only qualm (and I hope I don't come across bigoted) with the book would be doctrinal (i.e. the heart/sufi and the mind/faqih are not opposing forces and instead [in my opinion] two players on the same team)... but that's not why I read the book nor what I was expecting from it so I guess it's not really a justified criticism of the book given that it is (and sets itself out to be) a piece of fiction. Recommended reading!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Riane Revah on 4 Feb. 2011
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Having read The Flea Palace and The Bastard of Istanbul by the same author, I couldn't wait to start on this novel.
Shafak's style is inventive, erudite and playful; she moves between present day USA, where Ella, a middle aged woman, is researching the background to a book for her publisher boss, to a story within a story (the story of the poet Rumi, famous for his verses about Love, and his friendship with a Sufi mystic), and her developing friendship through correspondence with the writer of the book. Shafak, as a psychologist, is concerned with what makes people tick; in this novel, the answer seems to be, Love - love for each other, and love for God/Nature/spiritual fulfilment. I can't think of any other author with her breadth of experience of different cultures (USA, Turkey), her ability to present copious amounts of historical research as entirely naturalistic detail, and her understanding of the human psyche. A fantastic read.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Donna Bright on 8 July 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By murray cuthbert-rudon on 18 Dec. 2013
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a really good read, I know the subject matter, wonderful story on many levels I have also given this book as a xmas gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By zehra on 24 Nov. 2013
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Shafak is one of the authors who engages with the knowledge that is processed in both heart' and mind. Just a joy to read!
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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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