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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,866 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elif Shafak Narrator: Laural Merlingto Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this lyrical, exuberant follow-up to her 2007 novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz—that together incarnate the poet’s timeless message of love.

Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Ella is mesmerized by his tale of Shams’ search for Rumi and the dervish’s role in transforming the successful but unhappy cleric into a committed mystic, passionate poet, and advocate of love. She is also taken with Shams’ lessons, or rules, that offer insight into an ancient philosophy based on the unity of all people and religions and the presence of love in each and every one of us. As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi’s story mirrors her own, and Zahara—like Shams—has come to set her free.

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  • “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.”

    Booklist, starred review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Liz | 2/17/2014

    " Lots of fun for those who love Rumi! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/10/2014

    " Loved it - in the beginning but by the end I was ready for it to be over. I loved the history of Rumi and Shams but Ella bored me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by S. | 1/26/2014

    " If you skip the parts about Ella book becomes much more fluent and you do not miss anything in the end (you may just read the last part about Ella that will not harm I suppose). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Era Jay | 12/27/2013

    " Surprisingly well written. Grasping. Thumbs Up. "

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About the Author
Author Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is the author of several well-known books, including the novels The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love and the memoir Black Milk. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. Shafak’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She has appeared on NPR, the BBC, and at a TED conference. She lives in London and Istanbul.