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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb translation
A fantastic poetic translation. Inspired and accessible yet retaining the 'mystical' aura of the original:
"Whoever hides his dream,
Attains it sooner through the Lord Supreme"
A light shines out of this book. I don't know how but it does. Buy it and see for yourself.
Published on 24 Jun 2005 by Mr. Nadim Bakhshov

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes sublime, sometimes stilted
The masterful translation of this work is RA Nicholson covering 6 large volumes. This translation is more modern and by an Afghan who therefore being a Native speaker might be expected to be more sympathetic to the musicality of Rumis native tongue. Whatever the merits of his Persian language interpretation, there is by comparison to Nicholsons translation a great deal...
Published on 22 Sep 2009 by Spilsbury


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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb translation, 24 Jun 2005
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Mr. Nadim Bakhshov "Nadim Bakhshov" (Bloomsbury, London) - See all my reviews
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A fantastic poetic translation. Inspired and accessible yet retaining the 'mystical' aura of the original:
"Whoever hides his dream,
Attains it sooner through the Lord Supreme"
A light shines out of this book. I don't know how but it does. Buy it and see for yourself.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes sublime, sometimes stilted, 22 Sep 2009
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This review is from: The Masnavi, Book One: Bk. 1 (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
The masterful translation of this work is RA Nicholson covering 6 large volumes. This translation is more modern and by an Afghan who therefore being a Native speaker might be expected to be more sympathetic to the musicality of Rumis native tongue. Whatever the merits of his Persian language interpretation, there is by comparison to Nicholsons translation a great deal lost in the transition to English.
The Iambic pentameter form seems to restrain the natural flow to such an extent that it is often a distraction to the reader detracting from the content of Rumis poetry.
His choice of words in attempting to remain faithful to the system of rhythming couplets results in an unbearable clumsiness at times. All in all this is at times still a lovely read but no match for Nicholson's timeless work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best book i have read, 26 Aug 2010
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This review is from: The Masnavi, Book One: Bk. 1 (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
this has to be one of the best book i have read it was not a easy read because you do have to read it slow and understand, but when you do you will enjoy every second.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your conscience is your best friend & the 7 Masnavis are the best friends of your conscience, 13 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Masnavi, Book One: Bk. 1 (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This is book is seated next to our pillow it is so dear to us,such an essential life skill book that everyone must carry with themselves.It is so relevant to anybody seeking to improve their success factor & interpersonal skills that we feel the govt should make it part of the GCSE & A'level curriculum.When we discovered these books of nobility & wisdom we wondered to ourselves ''where have we been all these years not reading these scriptures?''.For those devoted buy the 2nd volume also.
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