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The Illuminated Rumi Hardcover – October 13, 1997
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Original Language: Persian
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When I first became aware of Rumi's poetry, I was sure that it was about earthly love between humans here on earth. As I absorbed it more completely, I came to realize that all of his poetry, even his love poetry (which is very suitable for passing on to a loved one) is communicating with God.
Coleman Barks has done an amazing job of giving Rumi's work an accessable voice. He has truly given a gift for which we owe a huge debt of gratitude. Rumi provides the music, Coleman's translations provide the instruments.
Michael Green was obviously inspired by his collaborators to reach his own level of genius in the illustrations. I love the way he combines images from different cultures, different times, and from different disciplines both scientific and artistic! A desert oasis with a photo shot by the Hubble Space Telescope for the sky... The juxtaposition of fractal geometry with images from cultural art... I would gladly hang any of the original art from this book on the walls of my living room.
This book has been and continues to be my favorite gift to people who "get it," and I've probably handed out over 20 copies in the last two years. Do yourself a favor and buy it. I bet you'll be back for more copies.
This is book is the place to start with Rumi. The illustrations not
only compliment the writing but are picked to give you a psychological study of what is being said. The current translation is the best I have seen for the modern American World. Coleman Bark's translation of an ancient language into our vernacular makes you feel like Rumi wrote the original English version.
Richard Hunter, MD, Behavioral Neurologist, Atlanta.
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As a child I once read the Persian translation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet as a homework. By that age I had had the normal education with sufficient exposure the classics... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very inspiring book with amazing illustrations. Use it to preface meditation time.Published 2 months ago by S.J.
Beautiful illustrations along with interesting history about roomy and his timePublished 3 months ago by patricia mc veigh
About me, Im Gnostic Christian and dive pretty deep on many other religions as my beliefs allow me to. Read more
Not what I expected--more random annotation than poems. The pictures are nice though.Published 4 months ago by emb
the poetry was excellent but i found the designs, fonts, and illustrations gaudy and distractingPublished 5 months ago by LastdayofApril