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Lacklustre writing but a good introduction to Sufism
7 September 2018
// The Forty Rules of Love interweaves two stories, one that frames the narrative and another that runs within that structural framework. Ella lives a settled and comfortable life with her husband of 20 years and 3 kids when one day she is struck by the odd realisation of the vapidity of her married life. Wary of romance and a feeling as daunting as love but realising that's what is missing in her life, she starts falling, slowing but completely, for a writer whose manuscript she is asked to prepare a report on. It is this manuscript that relays how Rumi, the scholar, was transformed into the Rumi, the poet of love, when he met his eternal companion, Shams of Tabriz. On the other hand, Shams finds in Rumi a befitting custodian of the forty rules of the religion of love, a wealth of knowledge that he wants to be preserved for posterity. //
I was underwhelmed by Shafak's writing though the writing got me interested in exploring further about the Sufi culture and Rumi's poetry.