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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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Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

A fight starts over one fact, but as that gets forgotten the debaters move onto completely different subjects that they also disagree on. I was more curious as to why this book was chosen for the Muslim Journeys program. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Because Samina and the poet are radicals in Pakistan, the consequences are steep. Refresh and try again. It’s written by a Pakistani woman, and is set in Karachi, Pakistan.

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In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just broen a letter in the couple’s private code—a letter that could only have been written recently. Broken Verses is a heartbreakingly lovely book. Of all the rhetorical questions in the world, that is the one which irritates me most with its simultaneous gesture towards and denial of the trespass that is about to follow.

The first half of the novel is wonderful, but it tapers off in teh second half and becomes too self-conscious. Aug 28, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: Force tyranny to defend itself No vesres could have written this book any better. Also, I really liked the letters themselves. Now, in times of less confrontation and more TV channels, nothing is so significant or deeply felt. The plot drags on endlessly with mythological allusions, and I quote a friend, “vomited all over the place.

You see this impact through child’s perspective, and those of the former spouse, other family members and the community at large. I think these characters made the biggest impact on me.

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Shamsie’s depiction of grief not yet dealt with is, I believe, spot on. 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.

Shehnaz’s eagerly anticipated return to acting brings her into contact with Aasmaani. Between that and some of the very private things mentioned in the letter, Aasmina is sure that the letters must be written by the Poet.

Desperate love, politics, activism, depression and a contemporary Karachi lifeKamila Shamsie’s Broke My love for subcontinental authors stems from the fact that I have so much to relate with them. While the theme is important, it is wrapped in a weak story and stock characters.

The political backdrop—criticism of America, anxiety about the role of fundamentalists in Pakistani government—remains just that, a backdrop; it never overshadows, but rather somehow expands, the story.

Did she commit suicide? Since he already had his issues with Omi obviously having lost his wife to The Poet. Other Book Industry Professional.

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. 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.

When they were in her life she was an interesting, well educated and incredibly bright child who was always learning and curius and full of life.

The author did not make me care what happens.

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie. Breaking the code brings her revelation without peace. Lists with This Book. 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.

Powerful novel that will have an impact long after I read the last word. Please provide an email address. And they were always there. The Best Books of Kamila Shamsie was born in in Karachi, where she grew up. Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Aasmaani begins a new job at a cable television network, where she is introduced to the handsome son of a famous retired actress, Shenaz Saeed, who plans to return to the screen in a cable soap opera.

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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. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

And in spite of all the things already going on in the story, the author tries to address a bucketful of themes Atheism!

And the name Aasmani Inqilab Celestial Revolution what a name!!! 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. Besides the stress of her mother’s final disappearance, Aasmaari suffered throughout her childhood in feeling second to the poet.

Distraught, Aasmaani is desperate to prove one of them alive, clinging to that frail hope. 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.

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It was all 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.