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review 2017-01-19 01:31
Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
The Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is one of the critically acclaimed writers with an exuberant style of writing of the modern era. Her style of writing is simple yet poignant and so very understandable for the humblest of minds. I myself am a personal fan of such a writing style…which reaches out to the masses without being heavily laden with wisdom and experiences.

The biggest feature of this novel is that each and every word of this beautifully written book is a quotation, worthy of sharing to the world.

It was one of those reads that took me a long time to finish but God it was the best one I have read. The beauty is in the alternating stories, both written in different times, but sprawling the generations like a timeless fable. This book will make you love life and God again. Its writing is impeccable, the writing style is easy to follow yet very allegorical. It points out the marathon of life we all are in and how we need to make time for the beauty of things to settle in before we move on to the next one. It talks about how the love of God can bring two people from different parts of the world together. It talks about the power of God. It is so much more than all I have written in this short book review. The complete attraction point of this book is the simplicity yet profoundness of its description of God in a modern world where religion is taken out of context everyday. Must read! If its not on your reading list yet, make it ASAP a part of your Reading Challenge 2017.

Love.

Source: writebeforeyouspeak.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/forty-rules-of-love-elif-shafak-book-review-rumi-shams-bastard-of-istanbul
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review 2015-10-19 06:03
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
The Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak
Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak was not one of those books which i would have picked up myself if not for the book club read, but now i am glad to have read this. I thought the title gave up everything about the book but i was wrong, in my opinion I would say it was not Forty rules of love but Forty rules of LIFE! 
 
I loved the way how those two parallel stories - Ella’s journey of self discovery and the story of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz was interweaved. Although at times the pace was becoming slow, these parallel stories kept the whole book interesting. 
 
Ella, a homemaker, at the age of forty is fed up of her current monotonous lifestyle. She is not only disturbed by her husbands infidelity but also is unable to cope up with her children, at this time she takes up a job as a reader for a literary agent and starts reading 'Sweet Blasphemy', a novel about Rumi and Shams of Tabriz and the forty rules of love written by Aziz Zahara. As she reads, she gets herself involved with the book and also gets enchanted by the author’s writing and ideology, this curiosity leads her to know more about Aziz so she starts communicating with him and that turns her life upside down. On the whole I couldn’t connect with Ella’s character as i could’t agree with decision she took in he end. That was a bit disappointing for me.
About the other story of Rumi and Shams that was both fascinating and tragic, those Forty rules of love by Shams were just wonderful to read, but very tough to execute, of course. 
 
Below are the two rules worth mentioning that i loved. 
 
Rule 37.“God is a meticulous dock maker. So precise is His order that everything on earth happens in its own time. Neither a minute late nor a minute early. And for everyone without exception, the clock works accurately. For each there is a time to love and a time to die.”
 

 

Rule 39.“While the part change, the whole always remains the same. For every thief who departs this world, a new one is born. And every descent person who passes away is replaced by a new one. In this way not only does nothing remain the same but also nothing ever really changes. For every Sufi who dies, another is born somewhere.”
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review 2015-05-02 00:00
Forty Rules of Love
Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak,Elif S... Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak,Elif Shafak I was very much looking forward to reading this, aside that it was recommended, it is also about the story of the legendary poet, Rumi -- whose poems I enjoy and have high regard. Some of the mystical wisdom contained herein, are quite similar to the esoterism of Judaism. In particular, there is mention of the four levels of interpreting the holy scriptures, which is identical to that which is mentioned in the 'Hebrew Book of the Dead' (it's not as creepy as it sounds). Even as a story, it contains a lot of spiritual wisdom. It is a story of love over fanaticism. Forgiveness over zealousness. Nonetheless, it is not a 'preachy' book, but that of changed lives.
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review 2013-09-27 00:00
The Forty Rules of Love
The Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak description
لم أكن أتوقع ان مراجعتي لرواية بهذه الروعة ستكون قصيرة بهذا الشكل! ربما يكون هدير الحُزن الذي تُشعِله فيكَ الرواية هو السبب في انحناءة الكلمات وتواضع الوصف.
هو عدد قليل جداً من الروايات ذلك الذي يمكنه أن يغير حياتك بالكامل.
لا شك أن "قواعد العشق الأربعون" هي واحدة من هذه الروايات.
دعك من السلبيات والآراء الشخصية والشكلية التي قد تثير فيك رغبة أنانية في الانتقاد، هنا عليك ان تستمع فقط، وأن تتخلص من كل أنواع التفكير. عليك أن تتخلص من عقلك أيضاً! هذه الرواية تهمس عشقاً في قلبك، وهذه الهمسات تطغى على كل شيء. وقد اقتبس هنا:
" فمن السهل الاستمتاع بالأشياء الجيدة، والنفور من الأشياء السيئة. يمكن لأي امرئ أن يفعل ذلك. لكن التحدي الحقيقي هو أن يحبّ المرء الأشياء الجيدة والسيئة معاً، لا لأنه يجب أن يتقبّل الأشياء بحلوها ومرّها، بل لأنه يجب أن يتجاوز هذه الأوصاف، وأن يتقبّل الحبّ برمته ".
قد أشعر بالضآلة حين أفكر في تقييم هذه الرواية، ذلك أنها هي التي قيّمتني، ورمّمتني، وغيّرتني، ثُمَّ علمتني العشق. لست أتحدث عن العشق المادي الحيواني الضحل، إنما عن العشق الذي يتسامى فوق كل شيء، الذي يتسامى فوق الكون ربما، وفوق المجرات!
أحسّ بالفعل أنه من العيب إخضاع عمل أدبي كهذا للتحليل والتفسير ومحاولات تقييم النص من حيث اللغة والحبكة والقفلة وغيرها من الشكليات الأدبية المملة! هذا النص هو عالم آخر، غير مقيد بحدود العقل والمنطق والفلسفة البشرية التي مهما عظُمَت تبقى ركيكة خالية من الروح والمعنى.
لذلك، باختصار، لن أخوض في جو التركيب والتحليل، بل أكتفي بشعاع نور قد يضيء للقارىء طريقه قبل قراءة الرواية:
هذه الرواية لن تفهمها إلا إذا أقبلت عليها بروحك وقلبك وتشَرَّبتَ دَمَها قطرة قطرة - نعم، دمَها! فإني على يقين من أن الكاتبة حين خطّت أحرف هذه الرواية لم تغمِس ريشة قلمها بالحبر، بل بالدّم. هناك أفكار وأحاسيس ومشاعر وعوالم روحية عميقة جداً، ما عليك إلا ان تلتهمها كلها وتمضي، غير آبِه بما يحيط بها من زخرفات وأشكال وأشواك وتاريخ وحقائق وأكاذيب. القلب ثم القلب ثم القلب: هذا هو العضو الذي يجب أن يقرأ الرواية. دعه يقرأها ولا تعكّر صفو قراءته بعقلك. دعه يقرأها ويدمع. دعه، وإن اقتَضت حياته موتَه.
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review 2013-04-11 00:00
The Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak Basically a self-help book for "not religious, but spiritual" westerners & a novelized introduction to Rumi. As a self-help book I find it making more sense & much better written than the likes of [b:The Alchemist|865|The Alchemist|Paulo Coelho|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1287827991s/865.jpg|4835472]. As a novel imo it is probably not the best of Elif Shafak, but despite my initial disappointment I do love her lyrical prose in the Rumi & Shams part. OTOH I find the Ella & Aziz part a bit cliched & both characters two-dimensional.
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