Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Turbulent Karachi is the backdrop for this intriguing Broken Verses – Kindle edition by Kamila Shamsie. Download. Turbulent Karachi is the backdrop for this intriguing, shimmeringly intelligent fourth novel by Shamsie (Kartography), which tells the story of. 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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Broken Verses

Well, it worked for me, maybe because it’s one of the very few times where I’ve read about an experience that seems familiar from my childhood. My only disappointments had to be oamila ‘frilly’ relationship between Aasmani and Adnan Ed.

She loves, and is loved by, shzmsie. The story did not interest me. It took me over a week to read this book, twice of what I’d normally have taken. Read more Read less. 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. Her books go all over the world and several of kamlla are historical novels.

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The first half of the novel is wonderful, but it tapers off in teh second half and becomes too self-conscious. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Didn’t learn much about Pakistani anything. 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.

I just couldn’t put it down. Pakistan isn’t This is a beautifully written story, and a fascinating glimpse into life in modern Pakistan. Broken Verses is the fourth of five books in our local library’s Muslim Journeys program. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. All of the characters were upper class intellectuals and very Westernized. The book tries to accomplish too much, and tries too hard, at that. On one hand, this made for a character I wasn’t that interested in, but on the other, it is an understandable reaction and I liked seeing her grow out of her passive role.


This process is particularly painful when someone close to you shameie unexpectedly or violently died.

This is mostly as a result of her son working there, and he pays as much attention to Aasmina as his mother does. Verxes the administrations of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Zia ul-Haq, the unrepentant couple went through police violence, imprisonment and exile, then the Poet was if received wisdom is to be believed violently murdered – and yet poetry, politics and love were grand, excessive and indispensable.

Her characters are vividly realised; her enthusiasm for story is infectious; her love for its location scorches the pages.

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

And it made it all the sweeter when the focus moved to the loving relationship between Aasmani and her father and stepmother.

The lie you tell matters as much as the truth you champion. Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Then, while working at Pakistan’s first independent TV station, Aasmaani runs into an old friend of Samina’s who gives her the first letter, then many more.

Jan 19, LeeAnn rated it did not like it. The mystery isn’t compelling, and the love story isn’t convincing. It is the self-fulfilling prophecy that guides our lives, worming its way so deep beneath the levels of conscious thought that we forget ther emight have been a time when our defining traits seemed less inevitable Customers who bought this item also bought.


I think this darker alternative could have been explored more Not Enabled Screen Reader: And then there is nothing left. But having loved Home Fire so much, I fancied something a bit closer to that experience, so I chose to I was a bit too busy to do a top reads of post at the end of last year, but if I’d done one, Kamila Shamsie’s latest, Home Fire, would have been right at the top. In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just discovered a letter in the couple’s private code—a letter that could only have been written recently.

So I will just readjust the rating to one star. Just get on with your life already.

Broken Verses: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

This talented writer needed a better editor. Every time I picked up the book, I was sucked into Aasmaani’s world, and I found it very difficult to put the book down. Set up a giveaway. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.

But, the veress 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 with little to no knowledge or interest in kamil matter.

This woman is just as famous as they were, Pakistan’s greatest actress, who retired many years ago and is now making a comeback in a series for Aasmina’s TV company.

I just expected much more after I had read a few reviews. The reader’s heart bleeds for Aasmaani as she loses her mother and the Poet all over again.

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