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050 00 PS3619.H328|bF67 2010
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100 1 Shafak, Elif,|d1971-
245 14 The forty rules of love :|b[a novel of Rumi] /|cElif
264 1 New York, N.Y. :|bViking,|c2010.
300 354, 1 unnumbered page ;|c24 cm
500 Subtitle from cover.
504 Includes bibliographical references (page ).
520 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.
600 00 Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī,|cMaulana,|d1207-1273|vFiction.
650 0 Housewives|vFiction.
650 0 Jewish women|vFiction.
650 0 Sufis|vFiction.
650 0 Sufism|vFiction.
650 0 Mevleviyeh|vFiction.
938 Baker and Taylor|bBTCP|nBK0008516690
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938 Blackwell Book Service|bBBUS|nR3832121|c$25.95