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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My biggest qualm with this book is the plot and especially the ending of it which to be quite honest didn’t quite live up to the sensational writing that preceded it and almost promised a truly spectacular read. Get to Know Us. Beautiful, rich expression ladened with intertextuality enriches the joy of read though at times you need to dig the dictionary to not to miss the subtlety. That was Dad, that was fathers.

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. If the story moves at a slightly slower pace than one is used to in the current fare, it is more than made up for by how beautifully la It took me over a week to read this book, twice of what I’d normally have taken.

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The writing is on the level of second-rate genre fiction, and the dialogue is often hokey and overblown. The clues themselves are not written to the standard expected of a celebrated poet. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. It was vdrses too easy for Aasmaari to leave her job at the oil company get what appears to be a make work job at the TV station; connections or not, this is a trick in a country with such a high unemployment rate. 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 syamsie.


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”.

I loved the ending. Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Versss still hardly have words to describe how much this moved me. The plot drags on endlessly with mythological allusions, and I quote a fr Again 1. Not Enabled Screen Reader: Did she commit suicide?

She has allowed herself to be defined by that. Something about this book made me feel that someone out there understands me. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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. 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. A forceful tale of childhood, love and the power of brokem.

But all-in-all, I recommend it for beach reading. I don’t need it that often, but a little bit more often than this would be fun.

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She lives a life of not-so-quiet desperation. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Turbulent Karachi is the backdrop for this intriguing, shimmeringly intelligent borken novel by Shamsie Kartographywhich tells the story of progressive, overeducated Aasmaani Inqalab, the utterly likable year-old daughter of fiery feminist icon Samina Akram.

Narrative seemed to be progressing smoothly and with a promising premise, you would think nothing would go wrong. Okay, I know I’m cheating here but I’m done reading this book. From start to finish it took me 4 days, probably the quickest I have read through a novel of this size.

I’d like to rate this higher for the attempt at serious content, but with both the plot and characters needing more depth I’ll keep it at a 3.

“Broken Verses: A Novel” by Kamila Shamsie

Always left behind whenever Samina followed the Poet into exile, she had assumed that her mother’s disappearance was simply another abandonment.

The plot, it turns out, is merely a means of allowing her characters to move from one scene of intro Initially, I really enjoyed this novel. Did she run verxes her with her lover, the radical poet Omi who is presumed to have been beaten to death? She loves, and is loved by, many. Broken Verses is not much of a departure in terms of the scope; it has her usual amalgamation of character’s angst, political and religious elements interplayi Full disclosure- I love Kamila’s writing.

In this novel characters with what seem to be western sensibilities are grafted onto a setting in Pakistan.