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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At what point does character-playing become habit, something for which we are grateful because it allows us to go through the world with the ease that comes from being predictable to ourselves, even if that predictability takes the form of neurosis, hysteria, depression Because Samina and the poet are radicals in Pakistan, the consequences are steep.

The plot borken on endlessly with mythological allusions, and I quote a friend, “vomited all over the place. Well, it worked for brlken, maybe because it’s one of the very few times where I’ve read about an experience that seems familiar from my childhood.

Take hold of the media, take hold of the printing presses and the newspapers, broadcast your views from pirate radio channels, spread the word. I was powerfully drawn to them; The Poet and the Activist.

In present-day Karachi, her daughter Shamsid has just discovered a letter in the couple’s private code—a letter that could only have been written recently. There is motherhood, sisterly affection, respect for sexuality, discourse in Quran and woman, suspense, myth, mystery, Karachi, intimacy, liqour, politics, mockery shamxie extremism, tragedy, reflection of maturity, command and mastery on the art of fiction writing, domesticity, “dildo”, hudood ordinance, Kamila Shamsie makes an art out of writing as well as story-telling with ‘Broken Verses’ and excels in brpken.

Aasmaani’s lifelong versws with intrigue has also made her paranoid: Ultimately, she remains inflexibly aristocratic, wistful for courtly thought and expression, and unable to see in the Pakistan of today, when the state’s displeasure is focused on people very different from her, anything worthy of the name “history”. This process is particularly painful when someone close to you has unexpectedly or violently died.


I enjoy reading all of that, but there’s a special pleasure in seeing your own personal experience reflected. To ask other readers questions about Broken Versesplease sign up. The story line was great,however,the ideas represented in the book were like magic. Published June 1st by Mariner Books first published January 1st As I was obligated to finish it for a seminar, I read it determinedly just so I could hurry up and move on to something else.

The writing flowed and most characters were clearly drawn, but the story line did not seem real. Besides the stress of her mother’s final disappearance, Aasmaari suffered throughout her childhood in feeling second to the poet.

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I was half way through this book when something sparked a memory and I had a feeling that I had already read it. At the same time, I am grateful for how willing she is to grapple with tough subjects. I just couldn’t put it down. About the only mention of religion was the fasting for Ramadan and occasional calls to prayer. 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.

The text is bold that refers to gay and lesbian relationships that too in an Asian context.

I was not entirely satisfied with the plot but have to give Kamila her due, her writing is as compelling and exquisite as ever. And then, through them, Aasmina receives a mysterious letter. If the story moves at a slightly slower pace than one is used to in the current fare, it bromen more than made up for by how beautifully language is used.

Now, in times of less confrontation and more TV channels, nothing is so significant or deeply felt. It is so nice to ‘see’ another side of Pakistan rather than how it is often depicted in the US news.


Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

Overall, a promising premise let down by shoddy plot development. Unless someone can tell me why I need to finish the book, I’M moving on! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sep 12, Mina rated it it was amazing. It could go on forever with many uncommon faults dragged up but no conclusions or compromises made.

I wasn’t quite convinced. This is a beautifully written story, and a fascinating glimpse into life in modern Pakistan.

It is a lesson she needs to learn to grow. Dad is the perfect Dad and he has found a perfect partner in Beema. 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. Lesser times, all in all; and Aasmaani’s torment at having been rudely cut off from both her mother and her intellectual and literary mentor is thus also the anguish of no longer knowing how to be – the bewilderment of poverty after a rich tradition is exhausted.

Did she commit suicide? A bit to much of a soap opera for my tastes, but that’s what’s on the brochure.

Although I read Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel first and worked back to her earlier work, I must say that the writing in Broken Verses shows her artistry in the written word. I am turned off what I call ‘frilly’ plots i.

Broken Verses

The mystery isn’t compelling, and the love story isn’t convincing. Broken Verses is a heartbreakingly lovely book.

She had me at ‘Belzon’.

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