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Broken Verses [Kamila Shamsie] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram. 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. Broken Verses. By: Kamila Shamsie Media of Broken Verses. See larger image. Published: Format: Hardback. Edition: 1st. Extent: ISBN.

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Aasmani grew up as a bit of a fifth wheel in their tempestuous love affair and lives which were made even more chaotic by external events. As she draws closer to the truth she is irresistibly drawn, too, to Ed, her ally and sparring partner, and the only person who can understand the profound hurt – and the profound love – which drives her.

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 writing is incredibly rich. Gorgeous book taking place in Pakistan circa She suffered a radical rupture with her past. That’s what I felt like doing.


I was a bit too busy to do a top reads of post at the end of last year, but if I’d done one, Kamila Shamsie’s latest, Home Fire, would have been right at the top. I believe that the people of America and all the countries of the Middle East need to understand each other and be able to relate so that we can establish a lasting peace between us. Didn’t learn much about Pakistani anything. Okay, Ny know I’m cheating here but I’m done reading this book.

The book tries to accomplish too much, and tries too hard, at that. I loved the ending. It was all too easy for Rboken 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 brolen trick in a country with such a high unemployment rate. And then, as a teenager, she’s left behind for good. 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 verwes own little bubbles of self-indulgence.

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Bloomsbury’s bougainvillea-strewn edition of this book is exquisite, and there is a succulent pleasure to the narrative that draws you happily to its end. Her memories and feelings change constantly throughout, showing how life is never one-sided. Aug 28, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: The text is bold that refers to gay and lesbian relationships that too in an Asian context. I prefer more experimental, unpredictable fiction.

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.

Kamilaa Verses was also formulaic; an opening dream sequence, a headstrong, female protagonist, rich, arrogant, attractive male, the over protective, voice-of-reason, younger sister usually sister or friend the build-up of the plot, some drama and then a conclusion.

She has allowed herself shasie be defined by that.

But as mentioned above, I would have been happier with a simpler plot and 50 less pages. Dec 12, Mansi rated it really liked it.

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

Lets throw in some local folklore, a dab of religion and viola we have our selves a contemporary novel nestled in each world. Dec 08, okyrhoe rated it really liked it Shelves: Samina is just as powerful in her role as shasmie advocate for women’s rights, her passion and integrity a valuable weapon against injustice. Lists with This Book. Fifteen years ago, Samina’s closest freind Shehnaz Saeed, darling of the theatre and the small screen, gave up her career for her son Ed.

Her still-grieving daughter, Aasmaani cannot release the woman who moved in and out of her life, following the Poet into exile, living nearby when he was imprisoned.

Did she run away her with her lover, the radical poet Omi who is presumed to have been beaten to death? In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just discovered a letter in the couple’s private code—a letter that could only have been written recently. I didn’t relate to any of the characters. Jul 26, Robert Palmer rated it liked it.


Her descriptions of Karachi’s life, ambience and of course, the sea, are delectable and heartfelt. May 03, Stacia rated it really liked it Shelves: Shamsie is the daughter of literary critic and writer Muneeza Shamsiethe niece of celebrated Indian novelist Attia Hosainand the granddaughter of the memoirist Begum Jahanara Habibullah.

Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor! It’s not a hugely long list, but it’s satisfyingly substantial and there’s a fair bit of variety there. Feb 19, Kathleen rated it liked it.

I was not entirely satisfied with the plot but have to give Kamila her due, her writing is as compelling and exquisite as ever. 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 I had already read it.

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To view it, click here. In my effort to read all things Shamsie to prepare for reviewing her latest. Force tyranny to defend itself No one could have written this book any better. I was glad to finally finish it. Aasmina was a bit of a non-entity as a character, but that was the whole point. When she receives a cryptic letter, Shehnaz delivers it to Aasmaani knowing that Aasmaani’s mother and the Poet developed a secret kamilq to communicate with each other.

At age 30, Aasmaani Inqalab finds herself taking a job at a Pakistani TV station, where she meets Shehnaz Saeed, famed actress who is returning to the spotlight after years of retirement. No more whining for me.