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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Then I checked it out from the library last week again to reread it. Lists with This Book.

Want to Read saving…. 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. He was just as famous as she was, a man considered to be Pakistan’s greatest poet and that’s what he’s often called all through the novel: 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.

The book tries to accomplish too much, and tries too hard, at that. It isn’t very suprising though, since they se Wow. Somehow I felt like an outsider looking at this story — never drawn into it, never bonding with the characters, or caring about the outcome. And Ed is one character without a backbone, a hypocritical-egotistical manipulator with mommy issues to boot, who even in his comparison to Merlin is not pitiable.

Aug 19, Abdullah Mo rated it it was amazing. On the whole there is a calm air of acceptability and graciousness in the novel, where there is unexpectedly no tension between chracters that would have been there had the author followed conventional norms of how Pakistani society functions.


In present-day Karachi, Aasmaani receives what could be the longed-for proof that her mother is still alive. Kartography is still my favorite of hers, but this is Shamsie at some of her poetic best.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is a beautifully written story, and a fascinating glimpse into life in modern Pakistan.

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It may be why Home Fire is such a success- to me- because she follows the plot of Antigone fairly closely. 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.

She has allowed herself to be defined by that. She also sits on the advisory board of the Index on Censorship. Return to Book Page.

Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Her descriptions of Karachi’s life, ambience and of course, the sea, are berses and heartfelt. I was not entirely satisfied with the plot but shameie to give Kamila her due, her writing is as compelling and exquisite as ever. She lives a life of not-so-quiet desperation. We are so desperate to be explicable to ourselves It is a broen she needs to learn to grow.

Clearly Kamila Shamsie is a grand writer to watch out for. Dec 08, okyrhoe rated it really liked it Shelves: I almost gave up on this book before I 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.

So cerses, I went and bought all her backlist. Apr 02, Ramya Idea Smith rated it really liked it. This is a timely novel, and one I highly recommend to any who would like to know more about the people of Pakistan.

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The first half of the novel is wonderful, but it tapers off in teh second half and becomes too self-conscious. View all 5 comments. She suffered a radical rupture with her past. Her books go all over the world and several of them are historical novels.

The principle character, Aasmani is fighting something internal. And they xhamsie always there. While the theme is important, it is wrapped in a kamika story and stock characters. 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.

I would love to read a whole book of those letters. It took brokwn over a week to read this book, twice of what I’d normally have taken. Feb 19, Kathleen rated it liked it. Since he already had his issues with Omi obviously having lost his wife to The Poet.

“Broken Verses: A Novel” by Kamila Shamsie

The theme of abandonment runs throughout the book. Aasmaani is assailed by memories of the s and 80s, when the nation could be made to buck and rear at the sound of her mother’s political speeches or the biting allegories of the Poet, her mother’s lover.

Mar 14, Michele J. My love for subcontinental authors stems from the fact that I have so much to relate brokwn them. That’s what I felt like doing.