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Broken Verses [Kamila Shamsie] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram. Broken Verses. By: Kamila Shamsie Media of Broken Verses. See larger image. Published: Format: Hardback. Edition: 1st. Extent: ISBN. Fourteen years ago Aasmaani’s mother Samina, a blazing beauty and fearless activist, walked out of her house and was never seen again. Aasmaani refuses to.

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The one star is for fairly decent writing, but after a whil Okay, I know I’m cheating here but I’m done reading this book.

Feb 05, Karyl rated it really liked it Shelves: Between that and some of the very private things mentioned in the letter, Aasmina is sure that the letters must be written by the Poet.

In top of that, homosexuality is integrated in the story in such a complex and interesting way that it never felt a forced cliched inclusion. Given the amount of introspection, the pace of this novel is slow. Force tyranny to defend itself No one could have written this book any better.

But I knew already that in his eyes each one of my breaks would shift from challenge to reproach.

Shamsie’s depiction of grief not yet dealt with is, I believe, spot on. But, the topics that this book covers relating to Pakistani politics and the society’s relationship with Islam and the marginalization of the left wing society is absolutely fascinating to me and I can understand how frustrating it would be for those shamie little to no knowledge or interest in the matter. Her books go all over the world and kamkla of them are historical novels.

Her memories and feelings change constantly throughout, showing how life is never one-sided. Aasmaari desperately studies these clues in the hope that they will lead to her mother.


Dec 12, Mansi rated it really liked it. I wasn’t quite convinced. Evrses could go on forever with many uncommon faults dragged up but no conclusions or compromises made. Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to job. The writing flowed and most characters were clearly drawn, but the story line did not seem real.


When we finally leave her, she is making a documentary about her mother and the women’s movement in Pakistan, still fixated on the grandeur of the past, and still anxious about the trivialising influence of foreign places and modern life.

As more letters arrive courtesy of Ed, Aasmaani convinces herself that the Poet is alive, held captive by a group he calls “the Minions.

I just wanted to read and read and read. It surprises versse that Aasmaani had chosen a path in which she refuses to acknowledge her loss, and her pain is ever shasmie greater because of it. When they left her she stoppped trying to use her mind and found a rut to sink into, barely living at all.

For information rboken how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. In this novel characters with what seem to be western sensibilities are grafted onto a setting shzmsie Pakistan. So I will just shamsoe the rating to one star. Then I checked it out from the library last week again to reread it. At the same time, I am grateful for how willing she is to grapple with tough subjects. The lie you tell matters as much as the truth you champion. Published June 1st by Mariner Books first published January 1st I think this darker alternative could have been explored more Every prayer and every curse.

Aasmaani is assailed by memories of the s and 80s, when the nation could be made to buck and rear at the sound of her mother’s political speeches or the biting allegories of the Poet, her mother’s lover.

Desperate love, politics, activism, depression and a contemporary Karachi lifeKamila Shamsie’s Broke My love for subcontinental authors shamsi from the fact that I have so much to relate with them. Her descriptions of Karachi’s life, ambience and of course, the sea, shmasie delectable and heartfelt. There are too many great books out there in which you really get a fantastic understanding of Muslim issues, culture, religion, etc.

Refresh and try again. I enjoyed reading it, not so much for the political-thriller suspense, as for the way that Shamsie masterfully writes her protagonist’s first person narrative. Her female protagonist is pleasantly introspective, versss the novel attempts to place the story within a specific politico-historical context.

This is a timely novel, and one I highly recommend to any who would like to know more about the people of Pakistan. Force tyranny to defend itself in language. The main character, a spoiled, whining 30 year old woman, has not learned that she is not the center of the universe.


What strikes me most about the book is vetses analogy it draws with the past, poetry, women’s rights movement and bits off religion to boot. It lacks the subtlety and grace that many finer novels possess. Fifteen years ago, Samina’s closest freind Shehnaz Saeed, darling of the theatre and the bromen screen, gave up her career for her son Ed. Overall, a promising premise let down by shoddy plot development. The one star is for rboken decent writing, but after a while you start feeling like the protagonist’s therapist without the matching pay check.

I think these characters made the biggest impact on me. Even in Urdu, I doubt anyone talks like that.

My love for subcontinental authors stems from the fact that I have so much to relate with them. Since the age of 17, Aasmaani has been haunted by the brutal murder of her mother’s lover—known simply as “the Poet”—and by her mother’s disappearance two years later. The people she still has in her life, the ones who have always been there for her and tried so hard to pull her back out of her shell, are her father, stepmother, and sister. Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie is the tale of a twenty-something Pakistani girl, the daughter of a famous activist who has disappeared long ago amid despair over the death of her lover, the Poet.

Carefully crafted novel about the power of words, passion and parental love.

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

I don’t personally know much about what goes on in Karachi but Ed gifting Aasmani a bottle of wine on the first day of Ramadan etc. Narrative seemed to be progressing smoothly and with a promising premise, you would think nothing would go wrong.

Two years earlier, her lover, Pakistan’s greatest poet, was beaten to death by government thugs.