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4.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 5 4.36 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rumi Narrator: David Timson, Madhav Sharma Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2000 ISBN:
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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, in the famous translation by Edward Fitzgerald, remains one of the most popular poems. It expressed the fascination of Victorian England with the Orient. Here, it forms the main work on the first half of this program, along with other shorter poems by other leading Persian and Indian figures, including Rumi, Sa'di, and Rabindranath Tagore. The second half of the program is devoted to works written by Western poets on the theme of the East with The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan, an excerpt from Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh - one of the best sellers of the early 19th century. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rom | 1/19/2011

    " This anthology of poetry is marvellous! This is my first time reading this book but i take it that i will come back to it many times 'cause it's just one of those poetry books that you can just open to any page and be taken to Rumi's world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammy | 10/26/2010

    " Fabulous translation and commentary by Coleman Barks. Very Nice Collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 9/10/2010

    " One of those books that you could not put down until the very end. I now understand what they mean by "divine poetry".

    And I am glad I got the translation by Barks. He's quite a character as well :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/9/2010

    " I love this book. This guy must have been way into women and sex way back then. I post some of my favorite poems from him on Facebook from time to time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/27/2010

    " I love reading the poems of Rumi as translated by Coleman Barks. This book is so passionate and beautiful. There is such a spiritual thread through all the poems. I keep it on my bedside table and often turn to it before going to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shokufeh ????? | 4/25/2010

    " Yes, the Rumi's book is the book of love , is there any thing else in this world which matters.....I actually watched a movie today called " The devil's advocate " staring Al - Pacino and Keanua Reeves.....it actually shows what lack of love can do to people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/18/2010

    " Nobody does Rumi like Coleman Barks. His understanding of Rumi's wild abandon in his love affair with the Divine are reflected in the selection and organization of poems, inspired translations and enlightening commentary. My copy has many bookmarked pages I know I'll be returning to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/11/2010

    " Though I am no expert on Rumi, I would imagine that these poems belong just as much to Barks as Rumi. Barks's poems are interpretations based on existing translations of Rumi's poems, but, nevertheless, are beautiful and powerful. The nature of love and search for divinity sear through these poems. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Babis | 1/16/2010

    " The one star goes to the translator. His translation is really bad. It is actually not a translation but a silly adaptation of Rumi's poems. In between the poems you have to survive the "philosophical" comments of the wise translator.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathanstray | 8/21/2009

    " The man wrote 800 years ago in a radically different language and culture, and every word comes through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ferdod | 3/24/2009

    " Although the translation of this book does not fully do Rumi's poetry justice. It still allows us to admire his passionate poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anya | 3/21/2009

    " I've been reading Rumi on and off for many years. I love how he writes. Oh, maybe I am thinking of Rilke. :-D
    Ahem. I worked in a New Age bookstore, so yes, I've read Rumi. Love talking about love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen3n | 2/11/2009

    " While not my favorite poet (that would be Kenneth Rexroth)... or even maybe in my top ten favorite poets of all time, I enjoy this collection very much. I like to read Rumi's poetry aloud because the words always taste good in my mouth.

    If that makes any sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Golak | 12/7/2008

    " its like my hundreth time reading it!!! a must have on life lessons, and above all love!!! "

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