THE FORTY RULES OF LOVE – A Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak
The book was first published in 2010 by Elif Shafak, one of the most popular Turkish writers, who writes in Turkish as well as English. As the book grew in popularity, it was translated into many languages including Arabic.
The book is about a bored housewife, Ella, who lives in the U.S.A. Ella takes up a job to be a book critic and is assigned to read a book about Rumi.
While reading the book she learns about genuine love and discovers love of oneself and love of others.
The book that Ella is reading is about Rumi and his Sufi companion Shamz of Tarbiz. Although the book is based on real historical figures and incidents, and ‘The 40 Rules of Love’ that were written by Shamz of Tarabiz, it is considered an historical fiction.
‘The 40 Rules’ discusses love in a very philosophical and Just in KUWAIT interesting way. And it can easily be found online: we suggest that you read it if you are not interested in reading this book.
The book has a unique structure: it is written to tell Ella’s story and to tell the story of Rumi and Shams. Each chapter is narrated (from the perspective of the character) by one of the many characters that surround Rumi and Shams coming together to make one big picture.
Although ‘The 40 Rules of Love’ sounds complicated, it is a pretty easy read filled with insights on love, philosophy, poetry and history.