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If it piques your curiosity to know what Omar Khayyam teaches us about life and how to live it, you should buy Martin Kimeldorf’s Sipping from the Rubáiyát’s Chalice. You will learn about Khayyam and FitzGerald. You will read about adversity, about love, about art. Maybe best of all, and this captivated me, almost all of us will have a lot in common with Khayyam and Martin’s voyage. We all know but can find it hard to accept the ups and downs of life. We can be taught by Omar Khayyam as was Martin “about coping with all these unknowable qualities of life.”
Martin KImeldorf tells his story through Khayyam, illustrated by the stanzas of Edward FitzGerald’s Rubáiyát and through quatrains which he himself has written. It is Martin’s own quatrains that keep this twelfth century polymath alive. Some of you will know, depending on whose collection you consult, that there can be well over a thousand quatrains ascribed to Khayyam. In looking at the larger collections you cannot help but believe that some of the quatrains were written as glosses on the core quatrains of Khayyam.
Martin Kimeldorf is a modern day Khayyam! He writes passionately and intelligently. What has impressed me is that he has consulted writers on Khayyam and FitzGerald. He’s done the homework that unfortunately modern popularists of Persian poetry have failed to do. The result is a work of substance, and Sipping from the Rubáiyát’s Chalice has piqued my curiosity to read more of the Persian quatrains of Omar Khayyam. I want to know more of what Khayyam thinks about all sorts of things.
But the heart of this book is the amazing man Omar Khayyam, Persian scholar, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet widely considered to be one of the most influential thinkers of the Middle Ages. Learning about him was the first gift. Then to have Martin Kimeldorf share the inspiration and lifelong wisdom he has gleaned from Khayyam’s poetry was the second gift. The quatrains of Omar Khayyam, specifically as they were translated by the Victorian Englishman EdwardFitzGerald, have been a constant in the author’s life. The fact that this was a heritage from his father, who revered and recited the poetry as well, illuminates a legacy that is very special.
Candidly, before reading this book, my knowledge about Omar Khayyam was limited to two things: I recognized his name and the title of his famous poetry. Consequently, this book educated me in the best way possible: through someone’s passion for the subject. I salute the curiosity, research and reflections that went into it all. Mostly, though, it was touching to read how Omar—as the author often refers to his lifelong friend--has impacted him consistently and profoundly, and through some harrowing times. It might be a better world if more people thoughtfully evaluated the influences on their lives and shared the story with others, as Mr. Kimeldorf has done in this book.
Emerson, Alan Watts and eastern yogi's such as Yogananda. Throughout the 80's, 90's and early part of this
relatively new century, I've drifted into more superficial and "entertaining" reading. Martin's wonderful reflections
on Khayyam's masterpiece as well as his delightful and unique manner of telling us about his own life has prompted
me to move my literary interests back toward more challenging and meaningful reading. Martin Kimeldorf is a true
seeker and his writing is delightful.