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3.68272727272727 out of 53.68272727272727 out of 53.68272727272727 out of 53.68272727272727 out of 53.68272727272727 out of 5 3.68 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elif Shafak Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400185122
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In this follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 novel The Bastard of Istanbul, 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's lessons, or rules, which 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 that Zahara-like Shams-has come to set her free. Download and start listening now!

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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

Listener Opinions

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

    " Surprisingly well written. Grasping. Thumbs Up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 12/25/2013

    " I really liked the historical part of this book, but the modern story interwoven with i didn't keep my interest as well. I guess I prefer historical fiction over contemporary anyway, but it made the book a lot slower I thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 debra47 | 9/24/2013

    " At the moment I am halfway through this book and thoroughly enjoying it. Especially enjoy the part of the book that has to do with the 12th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/20/2013

    " I didn't know what to expect but I really loved this. In hindsight I suppose it's a bit predictable but I really wasn't sure what it was. I think I might even re-read it at some point. Everyone needs a good love story. I do like a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keira | 8/9/2013

    " One of those books that should be started, again, promptly, when you finish.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Latressa | 5/14/2013

    " this is a beautiful book. it now has me searching for the works of rumi "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/13/2012

    " This book was awesome. It was very thought provoking and makes you take a good look at your life. It is about an American woman in the present day and Rumi in Turkey in the 1200s. The author did a great job in tying these two time periods together as well as connecting the East and West. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Longsworth | 4/9/2012

    " Insipid modern day story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebekkah Kumar | 1/7/2012

    " The writing style was distracting. I enjoyed learning about Sufism, but the main female character was annoying and her relationship with the male write (Aziz) was far-fetched at best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Ferris | 11/29/2011

    " I really loved the "rules" that the author presented. I was a bit disappointed towards the end of the book. Maybe I didn't want it to end ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 5/18/2011

    " I read this book to find about more about Rumi. Sadly, the book wasn't very well written, & there was no new biographical information in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/29/2011

    " Story within story - the inside one about Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, which I preferred to the exterior contemporary story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Modisettwilson | 3/28/2011

    " Fantastic -- and amazing how she wove the story over centuries. I've just picked up The Bastard of Istanbul which she also wrote hoping for more of the same plus an interest in Rumi poetry has been nudged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurice | 3/7/2011

    " Anyone who is curious about the relationship between Rumi and Shams, or who wants to know more about Sufism, will want to read this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/3/2011

    " The book only made me want to do some research into the real story of Rumi and Shams. I could have done without the back-and-forth to the middle aged housewife as her story only distracted from the historical parts of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kumar | 3/2/2011

    " Its a amazing experience,while reading this book day by day im feeling changes within myself.A very good writting DIVINE,PURE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/22/2011

    " My honors english assignment, was surprisingly good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hala | 2/5/2011

    " A remarkable journey of self-examination through others and through Sufi's' wisdom and beliefs, excellent read "

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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.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.