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The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
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I learn so much from each of Elif Shafak's novels. She is literate, cosmopolitan, learned, and global-minded with a notable humanitarian impulse. Thank you, Elif Shafak, for traveling across perilous borders! While I adore the heart that animates Shafak's writing, I was disappointed with The Forty Rules of Love. Ella wasn't a developed character, and her decision to pursue romantic desire, to me, seemed selfish, perhaps even deluded, since there was too little mention of her children. I wish Elif Shafak had developed another central character, Ella's daughter, and chronicled her romantic evolution and personal experiences across the novel. Incorporating this perspective into those of Rumi, Shams, Ella, Aziz, Kimla, etc would have given Shafak a chance to show the human costs of love as well as its immense promises and rewards.
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