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The Conference of the Birds Library Binding – 1 Jul 1984

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  • Library Binding: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (1 July 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606267352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606267359
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,319,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like "Rumi" and "Hafiz", the name "Attar" conjures up images of passionate attraction to the divine. A Persian Sufi of the 12th century, Attar's masterpiece is the Conference of the Birds, an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God. When all the birds of the world convene and determine that they lack a king, one bird stands forth and offers to lead them to a great and mighty monarch. Initially excited, each bird falters in turn, whereupon their leader admonishes them with well-targeted parables. These pithy tales are the delight of this four-and-a-half thousand line poem, translated deftly into rhymed couplets. What is your excuse for not seeking God--your life is fine already, you prefer material pleasure, you aren't holy enough, you have pride, lack courage or are burdened with responsibility? Attar has an answer to encourage you on the path. And when you get to the promised land, who is the king that you will find? It may not be who you would expect, but you must make the journey to see. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience. David Azzolina, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania"

"This felicitous translation is a classic and reaches the widest possible audience." -- David Azzolina, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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