FictionThe Forty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafak

The Forty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafak

If you want to be transported to another world, another place and another time (and let’s face it, don’t we all want that at the moment?!), then @shafakelif is the author for you. This is the fourth of her novels that I have read — and I was not disappointed. Shafak’s storytelling is exquisite; the detail of her prose and the evocative sense of place she creates as she twists together two distinct narratives is magical. In The Forty Rules of Love she tells us the stories of Ella, a stifled Massachusetts housewife who starts working for a literary agency and Rumi, the thirteenth century poet and his teacher, the wandering dervish, the Shams of Tabriz. As their tales intertwine through a manuscript that Ella is asked to read for a literary agency that she’s started to work for, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of mysticism, wisdom and spirituality and asking yourself the question — what would you do, for love?

~ Sophie

This isn’t a book I would have picked up and the amount I enjoyed it is exactly what our reading relationship is all about – pushing each other to read more widely. This is an ethereal, sophisticated book that is thought provoking and clever. Interwoven in the two stories is a thread of philosophy that made me stop a number of times to contemplate my own life. The structure of the writing I found captivating, making me want to know more about both strands of the story. I am so grateful to Sophie for introducing me to this writer.

~ Chaya

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