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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View all 4 comments. It lacks the subtlety and grace that many finer novels possess. I’m conflicted about this one.

Shocked to find it written in the secret code used by her mother and the Poet, Aasmaani is soon obsessed with the letters, diligently translating, searching for remnants of shxmsie This is very personal– I feel like I could be Aasmaani.

Already wary of close relationships, the question of who she can trust becomes essential as she gets closer to the truth surrounding her mother and the Poet. Click here to learn more about this month’s sponsor!

I am turned off what I call ‘frilly’ plots i. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a beautifully written story, one that will suck the reader in and not let go. No one could have written this book any better.

Broken Verses

There is motherhood, sisterly affection, respect for sexuality, discourse in Quran and woman, suspense, myth, mystery, Karachi, intimacy, liqour, politics, mockery of extremism, tragedy, reflection of maturity, command and mastery on veres art of fiction writing, domesticity, “dildo”, hudood ordinance, At what point does character-playing become habit, something for which we are grateful because it allows us to go through the world with the ease that comes from being predictable to ourselves, even if that predictability takes the form of neurosis, hysteria, depression My love for subcontinental authors stems from the fact that I have so much to relate with them.

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 sotryline is solid, won’t spoil your read by hinting towards it. The clues themselves are not written to the verse expected of a celebrated poet. 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”.


When she leaves a cushy job at the state oil company to start working at a trendy and hip new TV company, she comes across an old friend of her mother and stepfather’s. Sure versse maybe all of 10 percent who do engage in the kind of world Aasmaani inhabits. 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.

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. But I knew already that in his eyes each one of my breaks would shift from challenge to reproach. As more letters arrive courtesy of Ed, Aasmaani convinces herself that the Poet is alive, held captive by a group he calls “the Minions.

A code book for progressive feminist Asians. Aasmaani is expending her own intellectual and poetic gifts writing questions for a TV quiz show. Secondly, there seemed to much deliberate ‘westernisation’ of the characters and their interactions as if to make it more palatable for the non-asian readers?

None of the characters seemed at all real and I know how that sounds as I realize it is fiction,but I like it when the people seem real at least,the pace was very slow,the plot line was weak,the style of the writing was tedious. In a Karachi-set fourth novel, Shamsie Kartography, etc. 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. For heaven’s sak The mystery isn’t compelling, and the love story isn’t convincing.


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They existed in Aasmani’s memory and were shaped through the memories and descriptions. The book tries to accomplish too much, and tries too hard, at that. Did versrs commit suicide? 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.

Do you work in the book industry? The principle character, Aasmani is f My review of this novel is not complicated for a change! I loved the ending. The plot drags on endlessly with mythological allusions, and I quote a friend, “vomited all over the place. Be the first to discover new talent! 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.

Through her son, Saeed passes along the first of a series of letters received from an anonymous fan. And then there is nothing left. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. Apr 28, Nakib Hoq rated it it was amazing. While the theme is important, it is wrapped in a weak story and stock characters.

Kamila Shamsie weaves a story that skillfully combines political intrigue with family dynamics. I stretched out the verdes to savour the experience. As I was obligated to finish it for a seminar, I read it determinedly just so I could hurry up and move on to something else.

Aasmina was a bit of a non-entity as a character, but that was the whole point.

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