One of the accidental acquaintances I made during my trip recommended that I read ‘The Fourty Rules of Love’ .. prior to that I’ve never heard of #ElifShafak (the author) nor have I read any literature (fiction/non fiction) on Rumi/Shams. I finished the book in 3 days.. I can’t remember the last time I was this engrossed in a book. It was also the perfect book to be introduced to the relationship between #Rumi and #ShamsTabriz, yes it was fictional but the historical facts were accurate. #Amazon is sneaky and tempts you into buying more books by saying,’Oh you’re getting that book, why don’t you get these two as well?’! I’m the sucker who falls for these marketing tactics so I also got The Bastard of Istanbul and The Flea Palace, also by Elif Shafak. On the of cover BOI it says, ‘The Turkish version of The Joy Luck Club’. Having studied JLC thoroughly and acted it out in grade 11 English class I really wasn’t keen on reading its Turkish version. I finished BOI in 4 days, barely remember JLC but I know I’ll never forget the Bastard of Istanbul. Prior to this book the only other time I had heard about the Turkish/Armenian conflict was on The Kardashian show (no I don’t watch it my sisters do).. so I’m glad that was rectified!! Loved how each chapter was named after food items also … ‘Sheikh Hazelnut’! Highly recommend both books and I’ve just started The Flea Palace, got a feeling it’s going to be like the Tales of Firozha Baag by Rohinston Mistry.