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Publisher's Summary

This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.

Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of listeners, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of 13th-century Sufi mystic Rumi more popular than ever.

The Essential Rumi continues to be the best-selling of all Rumi books and the definitive selection of his beautiful, mystical poetry.

©2018 Coleman Barks, John Moyne, A.J. Arberry, Reynold Nicholson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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must listen

A profound book for one who desires to understand a Sufi and his thoughts. This book shall also help to introspect oneself.
A stress buster.

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  • G. Vidal
  • 09-04-20

Disappointed

I have never read Rumis writings although I have seen the occasional Instagram post with a poem of his.

As I listened to it, I was really not impressed. It felt like something was off or missing. I wasn't sure if it was the translation or just the poems themselves.

Then I looked at some of the bad reviews and saw that the translator doesn't speak farsi and that this is just not a good translation. That is a bad western modernization of Rumi. Those accusations made sense after listening to the book.

I think you can still draw wisdom from this and certain poems, but ultimately I recommend looking elsewhere

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  • Jambo Jamz
  • 11-10-18

Each passage is like a mouth watering kiss!!!

Enticing, seductive, tempting, lushcious, exciting, enlightening...need I say more???
A must read that will leave you gasping for more.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 18-06-20

A gnostic says little, but inside...

"A gnostic says little, but inside he is full of mysteries."
- Rumi

God I love Rumi. Obviously, I'm not the only one. But beyond just poetry, I have always loved the mystical side of the major religions. Sufism, Zen, the Kabbalists, and gnostic anything. I think there is a truth that floats in the dance and patter of thy mystics that the dogmatic and the bureaucratic impulses of religion miss. Still, it isn't just Rumi's take on God (although I could make an argument that ALL his poems thread back to God), but his take on friendship, love, sex, wine, nature, etc., that all stand out. Rumi feels like a silk strand that connects the earth to the divine. It twists and flutters, but never breaks. His words just dance and remind us that the divine exists and the divine is closer than we imagine.

I read this book right as the Coronavirus hit, but previous to this recent apocalypse, I took my wife and kids to Istanbul and one of the highlights was watching the dervishes in Galata twirl as the poetry of Rumi was chanted in a small, beautiful space, men spinning to God while the world seemed ready to veer into chaos.

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  • Jung Days
  • 03-11-18

Absolutely beautiful

Love Rumi. The reader is fantastic. So good I revisit sections on my commute. X

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  • Rita
  • 23-12-20

Fooled!

I thought Coleman Barks was the narrator of this collection. Very disappointed in the listening experience. I’d really like to exchange this and get Rumi read by Coleman Barks.
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  • Garrett T. Browning
  • 14-06-19

Remarkable

A delicious banquet of Rumi's offerings to our timeless world -- no matter your particular path.

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  • E M M
  • 01-11-21

Shady story plus terrible narration

The narration is bad, but even worse the story was a bit shady and concocted to drive an agenda. Please avoid this book and anything related to author and narrator. Book missed the point that Rumi was a spiritual leader first, poet second. The whole wine section screams fake. Please find better Rumi books.

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  • heather thomas
  • 30-10-21

rumi

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. will listen again. thank you. enjoy the story.

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  • Willow florin
  • 13-05-21

songs for the soul

poetic imagery to paint pictures for your soul
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pictures painted for their soul?

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  • Marcus Davis Jr
  • 21-02-21

The gift of poetry

This is my first compilation of poetry, and definitely won’t be the last. It has opened me to a new world of words.

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  • Keith
  • 13-05-19

magical and entertaining

something you will listen to over and over again and every time you listen to it you will hear something different. very enlightening

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  • kate bayes
  • 23-07-19

Enchanting throughout a delight of wordsmanship

The work was captivating, Rumi plays with words like a musical instrument. For anyone who loves prose.

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  • Sarah
  • 29-03-21

Very poor reading of wonderful words

The performance and editing of this really spoiled my enjoyment of the poetry. There was very little emphasis on the titles of poems and with the briefest of gaps between the ending of one poem and the start of the next it left me feeling rushed and unable to focus on the images and ideas.

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  • NICK
  • 22-01-21

Forever!

Perennial wisdom. These poems and stories are to be read and listened to again and again. Reynold Nicholson’s voice is resonant and mellifluous. Perfect.

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