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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It took me over a week to read this book, twice of what I’d normally have taken. Concurrently, Samina is mother of Aasmani, who is living with her father, a caring stepmother and warm hearted younger stepsister. The one star is for fairly decent writing, but after a while you start feeling like the protagonist’s therapist without the matching pay check. Ed, who feels ignored by his mother, has similar emotional baggage.
What our means shamie protest attempt to do is to move the battles towards abstract space. Feb 05, Karyl rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
This book had me crying by the end something I normally don’t like but was ok within this story world that I was visiting. Discover what to read next.
The principle character, Aasmani is f My review of this novel is not complicated for a change! Want to Read saving…. Not long after Aasmani’s birth she left her husband, Aasmani’s father, to live with her lover.
She might belong to narrow, elite social circle which allows her to have that sort of a lifestyle but treating it as a general way of life as a Karachiite is quite presumptuous of her. I just can’t bear it.
Apr 13, Laura rated it liked it Recommended to Laura by: Turbulent Karachi is the backdrop for this intriguing, shimmeringly intelligent fourth novel by Shamsie Kartographywhich tells the story of progressive, overeducated Aasmaani Inqalab, the utterly likable year-old daughter of fiery feminist icon Samina Akram. But as the pages run out, you begin to realise that there’s not enough space left for the greater imaginative breakthrough you so hoped it would deliver.
And in spite of all the things already going on in the story, the author tries to address a bucketful of themes Atheism! 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 found the character Aa I’m conflicted about this one.
I think this darker alternative could have been explored more But having loved Home Fire so much, I fancied something a bit closer to that experience, so I chose to start with the one that seemed more like it. 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.
The story of Aasmaani Inquilab is interesting enough.
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It’s a private code that her mother and the Poet used to use when writing to each other. The story did not interest me. View all 4 comments.
Kamila Shamsie weaves a story that skillfully combines political intrigue with family dynamics.
Some of it might have bdoken do with the fact that we share a similar, ardent love for Karachi which in her case, is all too evident in her writing.
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At the television company she meets the s 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. Ed wrote the letters. Since he already had his issues with Omi obviously having lost his wife broen The Poet.
I almost gave up on this book before Kwmila got 50 pages in, and I am glad I didn’t It wasn’t the best book I have read, by far, but It was interesting and I loved the writing style whenever the poet would take over in his letters. For heaven’s sake, just pick one or two.
Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. And then, as a teenager, she’s left behind for good. It kept me interested, and I thought the resolution made sense. In my effort to read all things Shamsie to prepare for reviewing her latest.
Now, in times of less confrontation and more TV channels, nothing is so significant or deeply felt. Where could the letters have come from? I think she creates overly complex plots. It is so nice to ‘see’ another side of Pakistan rather than how it is often depicted in the US news.
The story revolves around some clues that arrive through the famous actress, S In this novel characters with what seem to be western sensibilities are grafted onto a setting in Pakistan.