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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While she is proud of her mother and supports her mother’s cause, she feels second to this as well. I love the writing. Jan 09, Rosario http: Books by Kamila Shamsie. I am turned off what I call ‘frilly’ plots brroken. That was their most abiding quality — their thereness. Aug 28, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: But how amazing they were! Get to Know Us. Initially, I really enjoyed this novel. Some of it might have to do with the fact that we share a similar, ardent love for Karachi which in her case, is all too evident in her writing.
Powerful kami,a that will have an impact long after I read the last word. Concurrently, Samina is mother of Aasmani, who is living with her father, a caring stepmother and warm hearted younger stepsister. A novel on an important subject, broke the narrator’s personal angst and pain and confusion thoroughly sidelines the larger social and political issues.
She struggles with the expectations and her sense of abandonment with a sharp tongue and a cynical attitude. So, this is going to be a temporary rating till I reread the book.
Moreover, Shamsie seems to be trying too hard to make this a political novel. Feb 23, Royce Houthuijzen rated it really liked it. Somehow I felt like an outsider looking at this story — kamla 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 writing is incredibly rich.
It’s one of those books. 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. Her characters are brave. The writing flowed and most characters were clearly drawn, but the story line did not seem real. 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.
It isn’t very suprising though, since they se Wow. I wasn’t quite convinced. In parts I could relate to her but her aloofness was still her predominant characteristic that prevented me from fully grasping her.
Shehnaz’s eagerly anticipated return to acting brings her into contact with Aasmaani. And they were always there. So I will just readjust the kakila to one star.
I loved the ending. 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. I enjoy reading all of that, but there’s a special pleasure in seeing your own personal experience reflected. What I loved about this book was the lyrical prose which flowed so beautifully and easily that really captured you and drew you in.
The story is told by Aasmaani Inqalab who yearns for her mother Samina, an outspoken feminist who has disappeared.
No trivia or quizzes yet. In Broken Verses, a young woman tries to sort out what happened to In my effort sgamsie read all things Shamsie to prepare for reviewing her latest. Read reviews that mention broken verses years ago kamila shamsie political activist mother and the poet loved this book aasmaani pakistan language pakistani prose theme actress literature aasmani code disappearance lyrical politics sometimes.
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Thank you for writing this great book. It vverses me over a week to read this book, twice of what I’d normally have taken. She is a great writer. Every phrase of Shamsie is something I keep going back to, pondering over and falling in love with.
Kamila Shamsie was born in in Karachi, where she grew up. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
For heaven’s sak The mystery isn’t compelling, and the love story isn’t convincing. The Poet had been taken away and killed for his writing and Asmaani’s mother had been jailed for nroken for women’s rights. Kamila Shamsie weaves a story that skillfully combines political intrigue with family dynamics. After a while, their trials and tribulations begin to feel a bit shallow, self absorbed and brokne “first world”.
I enjoyed reading it, not so much for the political-thriller suspense, as for the way that Shamsie masterfully writes her protagonist’s first person narrative. Her characters are vividly realised; her enthusiasm for story is infectious; shammsie love for its location scorches the pages.
I was not entirely satisfied with the plot but have to give Kamila her due, her writing is as compelling and exquisite as ever. Now he is helping her make a triumphant comeback.
In the end, the readers just hope that I was half way through this book when something sparked a memory and I had a feeling that Shameie had already read it.