Rumi
“Really, what other book would anyone ever need?” —Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Honeybee“Elegant and exquisite.” —Deepak Chopra, author of Muhammad, Jesus, and BuddhaThe Big Red Book is a poetic masterpiece from Jalaluddin Rumi, the medieval Sufi mystic whom Time magazine calls “the most popular poet in America.” Readers continue to be awed and inspired by Rumi’s masterfully lyrical, deeply expressive poems, collected in volumes such as The Illustrated Rumi, The Soul of Rumi, and the bestselling The Essential Rumi. With The Big Red Book, acclaimed poet and Rumi interpreter Coleman Barks offers a never-before-published translation of a crucial anthology of poems widely considered to be one of Persian literature’s greatest treasures.

Rumi Details

TitleRumi
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 12th, 2010
PublisherHarperCollins e-books
Rating
GenrePoetry, Spirituality, Philosophy, Religion

Rumi Review

  • Steph Wylie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is breathtakingly beautiful. One that I will reread again and again. It's best enjoyed when you have no distractions, when you can find a space of silence and solitude and just loose yourself in it.
  • Kaya Prpic
    January 1, 1970
    I'M IN LOVE ... and to quote Rumi:"lovers find secret places inside this violent worldwhere they make transactions with beauty"This book will remain on my "currently reading" list for the rest of my life! ... Coleman Banks (translator) sums it up in the introduction with: "Rumi's message can be stated in many ways. It is the core of the core of every religion. It is the longing in a human being to live in unlimited freedom and joy, to move inside beauty, that most profound need of the human soul I'M IN LOVE ... and to quote Rumi:"lovers find secret places inside this violent worldwhere they make transactions with beauty"This book will remain on my "currently reading" list for the rest of my life! ... Coleman Banks (translator) sums it up in the introduction with: "Rumi's message can be stated in many ways. It is the core of the core of every religion. It is the longing in a human being to live in unlimited freedom and joy, to move inside beauty, that most profound need of the human soul to flow with the namelessness that animates, luxuriates, burns, and transpires through form, enlivening what is as steam, mist, torrent, saliva, blood, ocean, cloud, coffee, wine, butterfly, hummingbird, energy and delight."I also like the connection Banks makes to between the poetry of Rumi with that of Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, and Galway Kinnell.
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  • Kamran Butt
    January 1, 1970
    Breathtakingly Beautiful !!! No amount of words can describe how beautiful this book is.The most beautiful thing I read in the book was "The Heart Acts As Translator" "I went inside my heart to see how it was.Something there makes me hear the whole world weeping.Then I went to every city and small town,searching for someone who could speak wisdom,but everyone was complaining about love.That moaning gave me an idea.Go back inside and find the answer.But I found nothing.The heart acts as a transl Breathtakingly Beautiful !!! No amount of words can describe how beautiful this book is.The most beautiful thing I read in the book was "The Heart Acts As Translator" "I went inside my heart to see how it was.Something there makes me hear the whole world weeping.Then I went to every city and small town,searching for someone who could speak wisdom,but everyone was complaining about love.That moaning gave me an idea.Go back inside and find the answer.But I found nothing.The heart acts as a translator between mystical experience and intelligence.It has its own inhabitantswho do not talk with just wandering throughAnd remember. Muhammad (PBUH) said of the placein human beings that we call the heart,This is what I value. " And another one that I was just literally left me COMPLETELY SPEECHLESS: "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 are in each other all along." The book is filled with breathtakingly beautiful poetry that in some places left me completely speechless and that was the reason why it took me this long to read the book, because the poems would make me wonder and I couldn't stop thinking about it.
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  • D
    January 1, 1970
    One of the inscriptions on Rumi's tomb is: Do not look for him here, but rather in the hearts of those who love him.Raw, Well-Cooked, and BurntYou ask, Why do you cry with such sweetness all around?I weep as I make the honey, wearing the shirt of a bee,and I refuse to share this suffering.I am still raw, and at the same time well-cooked,and burnt to a crisp.No one can tell if I am laughing or weepingI wonder myself.How can I be separated and yet in union?
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  • Melissa Carpentier
    January 1, 1970
    I've had this book with me at work every day for at least a full year and read it just a bit every day. I don't know how many times I've been through it. Every time I open it up it's like the first time I've picked it up. I never get tired of it. It almost seems a bit magical in that way. I've read the arguments for and against Bark's interpretations of Rumi's poetry. I like to hope they're close to the original and the comparisons I've seen in the different arrangements and translations, they f I've had this book with me at work every day for at least a full year and read it just a bit every day. I don't know how many times I've been through it. Every time I open it up it's like the first time I've picked it up. I never get tired of it. It almost seems a bit magical in that way. I've read the arguments for and against Bark's interpretations of Rumi's poetry. I like to hope they're close to the original and the comparisons I've seen in the different arrangements and translations, they follow Rumi's actual writing format more than the rhyming versions but whether they're exactly consistent with the original Persian or not, they're beautiful and very, very much worth reading even if just for their own sake.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Once in a while a true masterpiece comes along and it's a joy to experience it. Coleman Barks is a genius. Yes, I know that some people disapprove of the way he interprets Rumi's work but I think of it as a collaboration between a teacher (Rumi) and student (Barks) rather than a traditional translation.This is a beautiful book with so many lessons on life and love that it's always on my desk so I can pick it up and read a snippet whenever the mood strikes me.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    The fact that I thought I would finish this in under a week is a testament to how little I know about reading poetry. These were quite beautiful; I could only read a few at a time....I kept wanting to think about them.
  • Artemis
    January 1, 1970
    If you only read one book of Rumi poetry, this is a great choice - Coleman Barks is so part of Rumis soul - great translations
  • Tabitha
    January 1, 1970
    I just won this book. Thank you HarperOnePublishers and Goodreads First read giveway. I recieved this book a few months around April or May of this year. This was a nice book of poems that talk about love and friendship. I don't normally read poetry books but this book was a nice change for me. I could relate to these poems. It reminded me of love ones in my life and how lucky I am to have them in my life. Thanks again HarperOnePublishers.
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  • Pixie
    January 1, 1970
    Coleman Barks taught at UGA while I was there, but his life's work has been translating Rumi. I am reading the quatrains right now, basically hoping to find one I read somewhere, and they are amazing. Spiritual and sensual. Thought-provoking.
  • Mimi Lenox
    January 1, 1970
    This treasure of wisdom and ancient truth is never far from my reach. A necessary addition to any home library.
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading Rumi---inspiring and restorative on a chilly, wet day.
  • Rahma_manaseer
    January 1, 1970
    I can't stop thinking about these poems.....
  • Seaghdha
    January 1, 1970
    Truly an interesting read. I'd always heard of mystic Islamic poetry and how Rumi was the end all be all of the category, so I decided to pick this up at Barnes and Noble and I'm honestly so glad that I did. The work is marvelous. the poetry is beautiful, and some of my favorite quotes come from this title now.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The Big Red Book is truly mystical poetry that can be reflected upon with inner and nearly unspeakable wisdom. This wisdom is spoken in Rumi's poetry. Through Coleman Barks' loving interpretations they are effortless to enjoy and beautifully rendered in English. This isn't just a book, its an experience.
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  • Katelyn
    January 1, 1970
    3.5. Not sure if I loved the translation (would have to read others to find out). Not big on poetry in general but some of this was beautiful.
  • Ali Malik
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing book about the essence of Rumi's poetry. Beautifully organized and curated.
  • Kiof
    January 1, 1970
    Rumi, a true aesthetic master, is now an American symbol for a certain type of poet. The poet who loves nature, the poet who loves love. Problem is: where is Rumi to be found in Coleman Barks' "translations". Barks cannot read Rumi in the original and he edits, or just outright changes, what Rumi said. To read Rumi in the faithful translations of scholars is great way to be bored to tears. None of the brilliance, so frequent in Barks' work, is to be found in those threadbare psalms to Allah. Bar Rumi, a true aesthetic master, is now an American symbol for a certain type of poet. The poet who loves nature, the poet who loves love. Problem is: where is Rumi to be found in Coleman Barks' "translations". Barks cannot read Rumi in the original and he edits, or just outright changes, what Rumi said. To read Rumi in the faithful translations of scholars is great way to be bored to tears. None of the brilliance, so frequent in Barks' work, is to be found in those threadbare psalms to Allah. Barks might argue that to transmit the obvious power of Rumi (Rumi really being the Shakespeare of the Islamic world) he had smudge the specifics. I'd agree if his changes weren't so damn egregious. But regardless, I've been won over by Barks and his Galafinakian charm. And my rule is that any friend of Robert Bly is consequently a friend of mine. Anyways, the book is a great gift for a friend or loved one. It is a really warm, really generous, beautiful book. "I. You. Me. She. He. We. In the garden of mystic lovers, these are no distinctions." If you find that to be new age phooey, you are immune to Rumi and Barks' collective spell.
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  • Maneet Gill
    January 1, 1970
    At first Dr. David Burn's book was quite intimidating because it was quite long and had small print. I took one look at it and kicked myself for the purchase. However, once I got into it, I was pleasantly surprised with how the book was so down to earth and practical. I liked the personal stories and helpful worksheets/resources. I also liked how he presented a lot of his information through organized charts. Furthermore, he presents much of his information with the support of scholarly articles At first Dr. David Burn's book was quite intimidating because it was quite long and had small print. I took one look at it and kicked myself for the purchase. However, once I got into it, I was pleasantly surprised with how the book was so down to earth and practical. I liked the personal stories and helpful worksheets/resources. I also liked how he presented a lot of his information through organized charts. Furthermore, he presents much of his information with the support of scholarly articles and references. Now, I often recommend this book to anyone going through a tough time.
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  • Neha Asthana
    January 1, 1970
    Sublime. Rumi has been a source of unending fascination & fervent escalating obsession for me since I heard 'The Gift Of Love'......Rumi's poems recited by Deepak Chopra & Friends. Delved deeper & felt the ethereal quality of the fabric he chose to weave his spiritual love around..& it enveloped me! A Must read for anyone who loves Rumi..loves the deeper expression of love.
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  • Sharmz
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly loved this and even though I finished it a while back I was reluctant to take it off my "currently reading" list just because I kept going back and rereading bits of it. Every time I read one of the poems it feels like I'm reading them for the first time and I love that so so much.
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  • Matt Hoarn
    January 1, 1970
    Love it! Amazing book! Introduced to Rumi fist by a Coleman Barks CD (I Want Burning). That book really sparked (no pun intended) my interest in Sufism and mystic poetry in general. This has only deepened my love of Rumi and his work.
  • Seawood
    January 1, 1970
    Bookriot Read Harder Challenge 2015: Task 17, a book of poetryWhy I chose this book: On my TBR pile and it's really long - good reason to work my way through it consistently than keep dipping in and out.
  • Nancy McKinley
    January 1, 1970
    I am a relatively new convert to poetry and I certainly enjoyed this take on Rumi, one of my newest favorites. Very inspiring.I was prompted to even write a blog post: http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com...
  • Maya Alameddine
    January 1, 1970
    Enlightening
  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    love Rumi
  • Ed Schulte
    January 1, 1970
    Although I do question some aspects of Colman Barks treatments of Jalaluddin Rumi ( All blessings and peace be with him ) it is a good introduction to the most quoted poet, even in western society.
  • Shashank Sharma
    January 1, 1970
    beautiful :)
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Skimmed through it and found some poems I like but it's a bit overwhelming to try to read all at once.
  • Jessica Bang
    January 1, 1970
    I prefer "The Essential Rumi" over this collection, though this one has some good pieces.
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