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The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi Paperback – April 26 2011

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"A captivating and wise book . . . The tale of the fated meeting, spiritual companionship, and tragic parting of [Rumi and Shams of Tabriz] is beautifully recounted in The Forty Rules of Love. . . . Shafak draws on facts from Rumi's and Sham's biographies and brings them to life with deft storytelling."
--Associated Press

"A gorgeous, jeweled, luxurious  book . . . The past and the present fit together beautifully in a passionate defense of passion itself."
--The Times (London)

"In this appealing fable, Turkish author Elif Shafak toggles between characters from different times: a modern American housewife and a thirteenth-century poet. . . . The universal theme is struggle between the rational mind and the aching heart. Shafak's heroine yields to the latter and never looks back."
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About the Author

Eli Shafak is an award-winning, bestselling novelist; a champion of women's rights and freedom of expression; and the most widely read female novelist in Turkey. Her books have been translated into more than forty languages. Her novels include The Flea Palace, The Saint of Incipient Insanities, The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and The Architect's Apprentice. An active political commentator, columnist, and public speaker, she lives in London and Istanbul with her family.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 26 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143118528
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143118527
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 299 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.93 x 21.49 cm
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Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her work has been translated into 55 languages. Her latest novel

The Island of Missing Trees, shortlisted for the Costa Award, RSL Ondaatje Prize and Women’s Prize for Fiction. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and was Blackwell’s Book of the Year. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. The Architect’s Apprentice was chosen for the Duchess of Cornwall’s inaugural book club, The Reading Room. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She also holds a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College.

Shafak is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature. She is a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of expression, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people “who will give you a much needed lift of the heart”. Shafak has judged numerous literary prizes, including PEN Nabokov prize and she has chaired the Wellcome Prize.

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Incredible, fantastic, awesome...are far too less to describe this book. The story is amazing but the best part is after reading this book you'll feel transformed. The language is easy to understand and the work of this author will seem as if the characters are live in front, more like a movie than a book.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2016
Am in love with this book and am still reading it. The author has a beautiful writing style in which it feels as if she is narrating the stories specifically for me. Halfway through the book and after getting to know the great teacher, Shams of Tabriz, I booked tickets to visit Konya in Turkey, his resting place and that of his illustrious student, Mevlana Rumi. I can't begin to explain the profound serenity that I felt at both their tombs. It felt like I was meeting old friends and although I was sad that I unable to speak with them, I felt more eager to complete the book. The forty rules in the book are beautiful and things which every human should live by. Invest in this book and you'll be investing in yourself. Enjoy!

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