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Author Shafak, Elif, 1971-

Title The forty rules of love : [a novel of Rumi] / Elif Shafak.

Publication Info. New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Adult Fiction  FICTION SHAFAK    Check Shelf
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  F SHAFAK, E.    Storage
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department Main Level  FICTION SHAFAK    Check Shelf
 Marlborough, Richmond Memorial Library - Adult Department  F SHAFAK    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Fiction  FIC-SHA    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  F-SHAFAK    Check Shelf
Description 354, 1 unnumbered page ; 24 cm
Note Subtitle from cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [355]).
Summary In present-day Massachusetts, Ella, an unhappy housewife on the cusp of 40, begins reading manuscripts for a literary agency, and soon finds herself exchanging personal e-mails with Aziz Zahara, a wandering Sufi photographer and the author of Ella's first assignment, an enthralling novel titled Sweet Blasphemy. It fictionalizes the true story of the esteemed thirteenth-century Muslim teacher Rumi, who undergoes a profound transformation when the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz, a renegade of strange and unnerving powers, comes to town. The two become inseparable, and as Shams shares the liberating "forty rules of love," Rumi becomes a rebel mystic, the inventor of the "ecstatic dance" of the whirling dervishes, and a fervent and cherished poet. Under Aziz's influence, Ella also breaks free of convention and opens herself to cosmic forces. Infused with Sufi mysticism and Rumi's incomparable lyrics, and sweetly human in its embrace of our flaws and failings, Shafak's seductive, shrewd, and affecting novel brilliantly revives the revelations of Shams and Rumi, and daringly illuminates the differences between religion and spirituality, censure and compassion, fear and love of life in our own violent world.
Subject Housewives -- Fiction.
Jewish women -- Fiction.
Sufis -- Fiction.
Sufism -- Fiction.
Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana, 1207-1273 -- Fiction.
Mevleviyeh -- Fiction.
ISBN 9780670021451: $25.95
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