Poetry and love. Islam and Christianity. A Sufi and a dervish. Elif Shafak. Magic!
Elif weaves a beautifully engaging story on the life of Rumi. This story traverses centuries, religions and geographical boundaries. She seamlessly marries 12th century vignettes with 20th century realities to give a thrilling account of one of the most famous poets.
As she is wont to, she explores and juxtaposes themes of love, gender, literature and religion. In her inimitable penmanship, she dissects these subjects to the core. She carries her reader through a fast-paced world of ever-changing dynamics.
All the while, regaling them with her unparalleled descriptive skills, literary prowess and impossible-to-hate story telling.