Hi there! I know it’s been a while but today we’re going to discuss this masterpiece, The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak reviews, ratings, and quotes. Wait! Don’t confuse it with the word “Love” because it’s really not what you think it is. Our great Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested this beautiful novel to the youngster of Pakistan and he also urges the awaam to read more books. I couldn’t be happier.
Honestly, this novel is very close to my heart I can re-read this a hundred times if I want to. Okay, first of all, I wasn’t planning to read this but after seeing a lot of reviews I decided to go for it, and guess what? It was an astonishing, unbelievable, mystical artistic piece of work by Elif Shafak.
INTRODUCTION OF THE AUTHOR
Elif Shafak is a Turkish-British writer, storyteller, essayist, academic, public speaker, and women’s rights activist. Her novels are in both Turkish and English. Elif Shafak has published more than 16 books including novels. I have read her two bestselling novels 10 minutes and 38 seconds in this Strange World and Three Daughters of Eve. I found them both fascinating and interesting. Can’t wait to write a review on either of them.
I recently finished reading her novel The Forty Rules of Love. Her books have been translated into 53 languages. She has been awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
THE FORTY RULES OF LOVE REVIEWS
The Forty Rules of Love is a novel written by Turkish author Elif Shafak. It is about Maulana Jalal-Ud-Din, known as Rumi, and his companion Shams of Tabriz. This book explains how Shams transformed a scholar into a Sufi (mystic) through love.
The book comprises multiple characters along with their stories. I mean, you will not only encounter the transformation of Rumi but also the lives that are associated with him. Such as, Rumi’s adopted daughter Kimya (I feel sorry for her), his sons, his wife, the people who praised Rumi’s intelligence, respected his opinions, and above all Ella Rubinstein.
Ella Rubinstein, a wife, mother of three children, living her perfect but disturbed life. She thinks she knows everything about love but until she argued with her daughter and realized the emptiness in her heart. Even, at forty she thought of herself aged. So when Ella reads a manuscript of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz taken place in the thirteenth-century. She idealizes Shams, his forty rules of love, and ended up on the journey to meet the author of the manuscript.
I have read many books by Elif Shafak but I must admit I’ve never read a novel written so perfectly. I mean, it is beyond a masterpiece. This book will surely open your heart and mind. Nevertheless the fact, I finished it in 2 weeks as it was really gripping, attractive, and extraordinarily heart-breaking. Honestly, this luxurious book should never be judged on its title as it is educating us about the divine love of God. The love of God is pure and real. The forty rules of love inscribed by the shams have this life-changing effect that I don’t even know how to explain. Perhaps, you should definitely give this book a try and see for yourself. Highly recommended
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QUOTES FROM THE BOOK
“For despite what some people say, love is not only a sweet feeling bound to come and quickly go away.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“They say there is a thin line between losing yourself in God and losing your mind.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“When one speaks ill of God, he speaks ill of himself.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blames welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“Because although it is a fact that He can not be found by seeking, only those who seek can find Him.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that he has been denied.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“Painfully delicate and surprisingly strong, silk resembles love.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“East, west, south, or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world and beyond.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“Whatever it is that one holds most dear in life, one should dispose of that first.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“Life is a sequence of births and deaths. Moments are born and moments die. For new experiences to come to light, old ones need to wither away. Don’t you think?” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“The children of Adam were honored with knowledge so great that neither the mountains nor the heavens could shoulder it.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
“The world runs differently when fire loves water.” ~ The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak