Rumi’s Little Book of Love and Laughter: Teaching Stories and Fables

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Rowdy-ecstatic-and-sometimes-stern-these-teaching-stories-and-fables-reveal-new-and-very-human-properties-in-Rumi’s-vision.-Included-here-are-the-notorious-“Latin-parts”-that-Reynold-Nicholson-felt-were-too-unseemly-to-appear-in-English-in-his-1920s-translation.-For-Rumi,-anything-that-human-beings-do–however-compulsive–affords-a-glimpse-into-the-inner-life.-Here-are-more-than-40-fables-or-teaching-stories-that-deal-with-love,-laughter,-death,-betrayal,-and-the-soul.

Rowdy-ecstatic-and-sometimes-stern-these-teaching-stories-and-fables-reveal-new-and-very-human-properties-in-Rumi’s-vision.-Included-here-are-the-notorious-“Latin-parts”-that-Reynold-Nicholson-felt-were-too-unseemly-to-appear-in-English-in-his-1920s-translation.-For-Rumi,-anything-that-human-beings-do–however-compulsive–affords-a-glimpse-into-the-inner-life.-Here-are-more-than-40-fables-or-teaching-stories-that-deal-with-love,-laughter,-death,-betrayal,-and-the-soul.-The-stories-are-exuberant,-earthy,-and-bursting-with-vitality–much-like-a-painting-by-Hieronymus-Bosch-or-Chaucer’s-Canterbury-Tales-.-The-characters-are-guilty,-lecherous,-tricky,-ribald,-and-finally-possessors-of-opened-souls.-Barks-“These-teaching-stories-are-a-kind-of-scrimshaw–intricately-carved,-busy-figures,-confused-and-threatening,-and-weirdly-funny.-This-is-an-entertaining-collection-from-one-of-the-greatest-spiritual-poets-of-all-time,-rendered-by-his-most-popular-translator.-“The-minute-I-heard-my-first-love-story,-I-started-looking-for-you,-not-knowing-how-blind-that-was.-Lovers-don’t-finally-meet-somewhere.-They’re-in-each-other-all-along.”–Rumi

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