Book Review of ‘The Forty Rules of Love’

book review of the forty rules of love

About: The Forty Rules of Love Review

Author: Elif Shafak

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.

Rating: 4.8/5


This book is an International Bestseller. It was listed among BBC’s 100 best novels ‘that shaped the world’. The Turkish author Elif Shafak has written this book. It was originally published in March 2009. In France and Turkey, more than 7,50,000 copies of this book were sold. The central idea of this book is ‘love’. The author explains how love can transform a person. The technique of writing is juxtaposition. In this technique of literature, two stories are placed together. In this book, one story takes place in the current times while the other is based in the 13th Century. We will share the forty rules of love review in this article.

About the Author

Elif Shafak is a Turkish author. Also, she is a public speaker, political scientist, and activist. She has published 19 novels till now. Her work has been translated into more than 55 foreign languages. Moreover, her book 10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Being the Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature, she was among BBC’s 100 most influential and inspiring women.

About the Book- The Forty Rules of Love

Forty Rules of love is one heck of a book that explores the realms of spirituality, love, God, and religion. It is something that will urge you to look inwards. One protagonist of this story is Ella, who has a very well-structured life and lives in her shell. She is a great cook, a caring mother to three children, and a devoted wife. Her family is picture-perfect, like the ones we see on social media. Despite that, she is not happy with her life. Her heart which was once filled with love feels empty now.

Forty Rules of Love

But, the sudden love for a stranger shook her tranquil life. Things took an unexpected turn after she read a manuscript based on the friendship of Shams of Tabriz and Rumi. Someone enters her life like a gust of wind. Thereafter, she finds a new perspective about love and life. And, then there was no looking back. Love transformed her in a way she never expected. Moreover, the book presents the forty rules of love given by Shams of Tabriz at different intervals. The author has weaved the story in a very unique way. It encourages the readers to follow their hearts. This is all about the forty rules of love review. It is a must-read book. Also, there is a piece of exciting news for the fans; Netflix has acquired the rights to this book. It will create a Turkish-language series based on the novel.

Some heart touching lines from this book

Even a speck of love should not go unappreciated, because, as Rumi said, love is the water of life.

‘May love find you when you least expect, where you least expect.’

‘When you have both eyes closed to the world, a third eye opens in your heart.’

‘The quest for Love changes us. There is no seeker among those who search for Love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for Love, you start to change within and without.’

Appreciation for the Forty Rules of Love

‘Enlightening, enthralling. An affecting paean to faith and love’ Metro

‘Colourfully woven and beguilingly intelligent’ Daily Telegraph

‘The past and present fit together beautifully in a passionate defense of passion itself’ The Times

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Q1. From where we can purchase the book?

Ans – The book is available on Amazon and Flipkart.

Q2. Has Netflix acquired the rights to this book?

Ans – Yes, the rights of this book were acquired by Netflix.

Q3. What genre is Forty Rules of Love?

Ans – Literary Fiction

Q4. Who can read this book?

Ans – A person above the age of 15 years can read this book.

Siddhi Vinayak Misra

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