Book Review: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak


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Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak is one of the insightful books I’ve ever read. As misleading as the title can be it is not centered around the love we presume but the relation to love in every element of our life. It gives us the connect with Rumi, the greatest poet and how he evolved in a simple and engaging language.

The best part about the book is that the message it is supposed to convey is clear. The author has done a good job of penning the book with sheer brilliance, so as to attract different age groups and connect with people of different cultures. At first you might find it to be a bit chaotic. The reader must be patient till the chain is established amongst the pages. The story starts with a woman reading a manuscript about Rumi whose life is a tangled mess at that juncture. The manuscript somehow tries to bring a great clarity in her loveless and messed up life. How she breaks the taboo and barriers that surrounds her by learning a lesson from the forty rules formulated by Shams forms the storyline. It talks about god, society and love.  The forty rules given by Shams are the building blocks of the book. I might have gone a bit crazy and written all of my favorites in a piece of paper to be treasured. Thirty eight of the forty rules might be relatable to every individual. One of the reasons I love this book and might re-read it in the near future is because of the parallelism that the book harbors, it shows how the forty rules was applicable and is applicable in different eras.

I really love the depth with which the author has conveyed his message in the book. The only let down is that you might get a little bored at the beginning when you see multiple chapters with different headings pop up. Sometimes we may even tend to forget what was read, making us flip the pages backwards ( a terrible pain when you read it in the kindle). This can sort of prolong the completion of the book. I would recommend reading this in a single go, so you can get the idea of the story and relish it.

Rating: 4/5

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