This month, get in touch with your spiritual side by buying The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak. Any and all praise for the Turkish writer and her book will not be enough. Elif did such a wonderful job with her book that once you read it, it is bound to leave you thinking for many days. The book stirs your imagination, your knowledge and curiosity. It is one of those books that make you question yourself. It provides the reader with such serenity that when the book ends you are left wanting more.
The Forty Rules of Love is a book that can be re-read just for the sake of the pleasure it provides. It is about a middle aged woman, Ella, who reads a book. Yes, a book within a book! She is assigned the job of writing a report on it. The book is named ‘Sweet Blasphemy’ and takes us back in the time of famous Sufis such as Shams of Tabriz and Rumi. The delight that takes over the reader while going through their story is something you might not have felt ever before.
The way Elif Shafak chooses to present her story is incomparable. Though difficult, she does it with mastery and keeps the reader interested until the end. The book isn’t one that should be finished in a day. Most readers like me may attempt to do that. The Forty Rules of Love is full of so many experiences that it will be better if one reads it in small intervals of time. You will find yourself absorbed in the story you read even after you take a break.
Elif Shafak tackles the issues in Islam faced by people today with such grace that the reader feels new. One of those issues includes the misinterpretation of permission of beating one’s wives in Surah Nisa in the Quran and many others. The way some Muslims are always ahead in judging other people, deciding for their actions and holding a name for themselves is portrayed and shattered beautifully. The true knowledge of Islam is promoted without bias. Shafak’s writing tackles all boundaries and reaches readers of all kinds.
She conveys the story through different perspectives. The reader is given the opportunity of experiencing many characters through out the story as the plot progresses and is told through their point of views. Elif handles lives of her characters exceptionally without ever giving her readers a moment of confusion. The character of Ella who buys the book, character of Shams of Tabriz and Rumi and the events that lead their lives and deaths seem to be in harmony with each other.
Ella looks for answers about her troubled marriage in Sweet Blasphemy and grows a liking to Sufism. When you read The Forty Rules of Love, you will too. You have to buy it, it is an amazing read.