#BookReview: The Forty Rules of Love

About the Book:

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough…”

Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children, and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella’s life – an emptiness once filled by love.

So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and love, her world is turned upside down. She embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work.

It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored. . .

About the Author:

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist whose work has been translated into 54 languages. The author of 19 books, 12 of which are novels, she is a bestselling author in many countries around the world. Shafak’s latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award; and chosen as Blackwell’s Book of the Year. Her previous novel, The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by the BBC as one of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World. In 2021, Shafak’s The Architect’s Apprentice was chosen for the Duchess of Cornwall’s inaugural book club, The Reading Room. Find out more about Elif Shafak on her website:

The Review:

This book is just awesome , I’ve no words to describe this masterpiece. Love is not confined with God, Religion, Race, Caste , this is spiritual and there is only way to change a person , connect by Heart to Heart. Two Love stories are going simultaneously

1) Ella & Aziz 

Ella is a housewife living with her husband and three children, she is working on Aziz’s novel and he is practicing on Sufism . During working ella doesn’t know when she starts loving him only with exchanging the e-mails .

2) Shams & Rumi

Shams wandering here and there only to find his companion , who understand his mind status and who can connect with him by heart and then he finds Rumi and a true Love.

Elif Shafak wrote this very beautifully as there are two stories of 13th and 21st century , this book is very sorted confusion in between , no question , and there is also “Forty Rules of Love” which are so good and have very metaphorical language , you have to read them again n again to understand the actual meaning. You all should read this once in your lifetime

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