Book review – The Forty Rules of Love

The Forty Rules of Love written by Elif Shafak and published by Penguin publications is undoubtedly a marvellous book. The language, the story and the characters are knitted perfectly to complement each other. Ella who has been living with her husband of 20 years and three children is given a manuscript to write a report on. The script is set in the 14th century and talks about Rumi’s companionship with a Sufi dervish -Shams of Tabriz.

Forty rules of love by elif shafak

Ella Rubinstein who has been married for 20 years with three children is given a manuscript to write a report on. The script is set in the 13th century and talks about Rumi’s companionship with a Sufi dervish – Shams of Tabriz. Ella begins to find the text very relatable. Eventually, she finds the author and starts conversing with him over emails, totally unaware of how it’s gonna change her life forever.

Every character from the 14th century and Ella complete the book through their own personal accounts. There are many beautiful poems and quotes in the book which will leave you mesmerised and longing for more.

The only thing that I didn’t like about the book was the end. Though it wanted to give away a very important message, I somehow found it depressing. So much so that I didn’t even feel like talking to anyone for a while after completing the book. Well, as they say, “to each its own.”

Give this book a shot and let me know if you agree with me.

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