Each rules of love is a story of unexpected transformation. If you are the same person before & after reading this book,that means you haven’t read well.
Ella,the protagonist feels incomplete until she gets to exchange emails with the author of the book she is reviewing. It gives her hope to explore the things she never knew she was capable of feeling, maybe it was because of she was just too lonely & seeking an escape of love to fill the void.
The book she is reading involves the story of Rumi & his alter ego Shams of Tabriz which involves journey,he embark upon to seek his companion with whom he wants to hand all of his knowledge to leave his legacy behind because knowledge is a like a brackish water at the bottom of an old vase unless it flows somewhere.
He radically transforms scholar Rumi into a poet at the cost of his life because intense pain brings out the best poetry in you.
At times perspective of the 13th century engendered modern conviction. So I think it might be a flaw in part of writing ancient characters with modern rumination, which was too unrealistic.
I really love the message behind each stories, her writing has a way of saying things that have much deep impression behind simple verse. A true seeker of love will have to endure hardships. No matter what you do, there will be people who will scoff at you simply because they tend to disparage what they couldn’t comprehend.
If you really seek love, you will find it in most unexpected places as if it was behind a veil, then with increasing clarity, it appeared before your eyes. But mere seeking is not enough, you must be willing to do to whatever it takes to get it,I guess that is why I cannot judge the decision of Ella, leaving behind her family for love because if you cannot reinvent yourself, you go bust.
I loved the part of Rumi & Shams more, it’s a fiction but you will try to find the vestiges of real Rumi & shams & will definitely try to connect the dots to understand the pain behind the poetry of Rumi.
Verse explaining Sufi mysticism, will definitely plumb new depths in old wells of wisdom.
Full review in blog(link in bio)
QOFD- What does love mean to you?