The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
I loved this book.
It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I very much doubt that I can do justice to it in a review.
It’s a book about love in its various forms. It’s the story, of the well known poet Rumi and his friend and companion Shams and in modern times of an American house wife and a Dutch writer. The story is told by a myriad of voices, which might sound confusing but was truly enlightening. So many voices had something valuable to add. The power of perspective.
What stood out for me was that love is about making a choice. This was demonstrated by the choice Ella has to make. It was both heartbreaking and life affirming. But ultimately love is a path we can all follow, but we have to choose that route.
Its a book that transcends all the nonsense we live with today, all the stuff about religion, beliefs, society’s expectations etc.
Perhaps I should be ashamed to say but I’d never heard of Rumi, but there you go. And my understanding of Sufi’ism was pretty much zero. I’m far from knowledgeable about either topic but I’m now far more enlightened.
Please read it and talk about it with others. It’s a special book.