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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The sotryline is solid, won’t spoil your read by hinting towards it. I would love to read a whole book of those letters. Pakistan isn’t This is a beautifully written story, and brojen fascinating glimpse into life in modern Pakistan. I must do whatever I can. No one could have written this book any better. Her mother, Samina, was a famous feminist activist. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

“Broken Verses: A Novel” by Kamila Shamsie

Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Under the administrations of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Zia ul-Haq, the unrepentant couple went through police violence, imprisonment and exile, then the Poet was shamzie received wisdom is to be believed violently murdered – and yet poetry, politics and love were grand, excessive and indispensable.

My heart is weeping for all the lost iamila yet rejoicing at the hope amidst all misery. While she is proud of her mother and supports her mother’s cause, she feels second to this as well.


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Kartography is still my favorite of hers, but this is Shamsie at some of her iamila best. Somehow I felt like an outsider looking at this story — never drawn into it, never bonding with the ch Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie This is a book I was reading for a group discussion but did not finish.

Given the amount of introspection, the pace of this novel is slow. It’s written by a Pakistani woman, and is set in Karachi, Pakistan. And then there is nothing left. But the shocking thing is that some of the content makes it clear the letters must have been written after the Poet’s supposed death. May 04, Karen C. Her characters are not that relatable once they started whining too much about their mommy and daddy issues and they seem to be trapped in their own little bubbles of self-indulgence.

The book tries to accomplish too much, and tries too hard, at that. Although I read Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel first and worked back to her earlier work, Borken must say that the writing in Broken Verses shows her artistry in the written word.

The book starts out very strongly.

View all vesres comments. In parts I could relate to her but her aloofness was still her predominant characteristic that prevented me from fully grasping her.


The common theme of family neglect and abandonment due to divorce or new partners for parents goes in a different direction by adding the impact of activism. I was more curious as to why this book was chosen for the Muslim Journe Broken Verses is the fourth of five books in our local library’s Muslim Journeys program. She struggles with the expectations and her sense of abandonment with a sharp tongue and a cynical attitude.

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Agent, Victoria Hobbs at A. She has allowed herself kamilx be defined by that. However, as the novel progresses, those pleasing aspects become annoying. The story did not interest me. She breathes, drinks Western culture and to introduce it in such a casual manner within the Pakistani society certainly wins her neither credibility nor appreciation. Which not only makes her storyline unidentifiable but shallow as well. Shamdie would list this book as a postfeminist text from Pakistan that very aptly delilneates with many delicate issues of femininity and feminism.

Wry, fetching and too clever for her own good, she is a captivating, unexpected heroine.