Rumi, claimed as the national poet of Iran, Turkey & Afghanistan had an early life dedicated to scholarly studies. He only started to write poetry after encountering a holy man called Shams whose subsequent death instilled a profound grief in Rumi and an outpouring of many thousands of verses in Persian. He also intrinsically linked with Sufism. This selection of his poems is read for you by Shyama Perera a gifted journalist, broadcaster and novelist.More
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Read like a lecture
this reader does not understand either poetry nor philosophy. Her emphasis is placed as if she is making a poor attempt at Shakespearean Sonnets at some times, and then like a didactic lecture on the nature of ants, and another times like a badly told joke or Aesop fable. In addition it often sounds like it is her first reading of the piece. I am certain she would be a great reader for other books. Especially children's stories.This is deep material, rushed through to a point that the listener cannot experience it, but must fight through the horrid rhythms and shallow interpretations. Very frustrating!, Really, I want my money back. I gave this to my dyslexic son to introduce him to both Audibles and Rumi. Bad choice.
Rumi is perfect
OK Allan Watts, Andrew Wild, Bill Moyers, Heck... Garrison Keillor. Someone who understands the work and is not reading it for the first time. Someone who's background is other than elementary school teacher.