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the forty rules of love

“If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.”

-Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

I don’t have words to express how much I love this wonderful, fantastic and amazing book. I couldn’t control myself from giving 5 out of 5 for this book. Oh God, can anyone write this well? This is follow-up to this authors 2007 novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, which I didn’t get to read till now. But I am definitely going to read her other books soon.

Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married with a man who has affairs outside the marriage and children who don’t appreciate for what she does.  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. Even though she is in no mood to read something when her personal life is falling apart and her own people are drifting away from her, soon she finds herself involved in the book Sweet Blasphemy. Where she learns about the encounter and transforming love between Rumi and the wandering dervish Shams i-Tabriz in 1240. And slowly she starts loving this man who wrote the book.  As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi’s story mirrors her own and that Zahara—like Shams—has come to set her free. She realizes the forty rules of love.

Sufi's dancing

                                                                                                        * Image : from Internet

Sufi story in the background is pretty amazing. I was not aware of interesting facts about Sufi’s inside the Islam religion but because of this book I did a lot of research on Internet and got plenty of information. I felt strange happiness after reading this book which I usually get after reading Paul Coelho’s books. Something divine, spiritual and inspiring. I highly recommend this book.

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The Zahir”All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step”

-Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

Another novel by Paulo Coelho, my favorite author. This book was nothing like I expected. I was expecting a lot of inspiration and new thins to learn from this book but unfortunately I was disappointed. End was not that fulfilling and I was not connected to the main characters like how I usually do with the main characters of Paulo Coelho’s books. The Sufi concept mentioned in this book was good and as I already did my small research on the subject while reading ”The Forty Rules of Love”  by the author- Elif Shafak, it was easy to understand. It is a new concept but usual Paulo Coelho thing was missing from this story.

The narrator of ”The Zahir” is a best selling novelist and enjoys his life. While he is busy enjoying his life with money and celebrity status, his wife of ten years a war correspondent disappears with her friend Mikhail. Was she kidnapped, murdered or just escaped with lover? no one knows. But one day narrator finds out this Mikhail and the door to whole new truth about his wife opens.

It is good read, but I personally did’t like it much. May be I was expecting too much from this book. My rating: 2 out of 5. As a hard core fan of Paulo Coelho I have decided to read his all novels so one ‘not that good book’ can’t change my decision.

The Witch of PortobelloI have read couple of Paulo Coelho’s books. I am a big fan of his writing. ”The Alchemist” and ”Brida” were wonderful read. When I read his books I don’t just feel like reading a normal book but I experience a kind of joyful journey. It is like travelling to the unseen corners of Universe.

The Witch of Portobello is  a very unique and compelling tale about a girl and her spiritual journey in search of peace. It is written in a very different way. It is written as a series of first person accounts of individuals interactions with unusual heroine Athena aka the Witch of Portobello.I don’t know how to  review this book I don’t get much to tell about the story, when it is told by many. Athena tries to fill the spaces in her life which are very disturbing but when she learns that it is important she becomes spiritual leader. Some people think she is sinner and some think she is saint. She gets lot of followers as well as lots of life threatening warnings. Who is she? What is her life is like? What she achieved to become a spiritual leader? More than that who likes her and who hates her? to know all these answers you should read this book.

Compared to Alchemist it is kind of slow going. But it is very interesting book if you like witch and spiritual stories.