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Try the Kindle edition fatim experience these great reading features: Although, I have long been an admirer of Ms Bhutto and the rest of a the Bhuttos as well. One of them, Danny McGrory from the Daily Express, was a personal friend and had been best man at my wedding.

A work such as this boasts of insider’s info, and that’s undoubtedly one of the high points. The Couple Next Door. It is an epic tale of intrigue, the making of modern Pakistan, and ultimately, tragedy. Refresh and try again.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Hope, injustice, drama and grief are all ably captured and conveyed in what is a highly readable introduction to the grim realities of domestic politics in Pakistan. Being an Indian and from Mumbai, I had taken it personally to better understand this country – that at one time – was one with India and in its people, culture and customs – still shares my country’s fiber and is yet for the last 6 decades an enemy that we are unable to reconcile with. She takes us through the family’s rise and fall to power in Pakistan sharing her own father’s struggle as he was in exile for 16 years, his comeback and his death.

Since a bhjtto kid, she has been a witness to the power broking struggle of her family members, with the land they belong.

A Thousand Splendid Suns. And the accusations do not stop there. Songs of Blood and Sword. She takes us through the family’ This book has preoccupied my mind since I started reading it 5 days ago.

I am the same age as the author – and as she chronicles her journey and the events of Pakistan, I couldn’t help but think just aftima different and ordinary yet lucky? They are presented as martyrs who died for Pakistan. This book has plenty of inside dirt from the author’s point of view, about her aunt Benazir Bhutto, uncle Asif Ali Zardari, and several other members of the family bgutto the political reign in Pakistan.


The sheer contrast between the two neighboring countries in the subsequent 60 odd years after independence isn’t a testimony to the spirit of its peoples as often perceived by those ill-informed, but is one to the intricate relationship between systems of governance and those who aspire to being powerful and succeed in being so. In addition to this, the book traces the history of four generations of Bhuttos and their political power, while also providing insights into the accusations of fraud and violence within Pakistani political circles.

And she does this with enormous thought and sensitivity. But I never knew about her brother, Murtaza Bhutto or the fact that he was killed in what seemed like a government-sanctioned encounter.

Dec 21, Johanna rated it really liked it. It makes me profoundly sad to explore through books, a country tightly clutched by the mullahs, mutilated by its own military, looted by its own government, violated by US drones, plagued by terrorism and always on the verge of a civil war due to antagonizing religious schisms.

But compare Fatima’s uncritical canonisation of her father with a dialogue attributed to him by Shyam Bhatia of Outlook magazine in an article titled ‘A Strange Encounter with Murtaza Bhutto’.

We were all probably in awe of the fact that a woman was dword the helm of affairs in an Islamic state like Pakistan, that too at the age of It makes me profoundly sad to explore through books, a country tightly clutched by the mullahs, mutilated by its own military, looted by its own government, violated bhuyto US drones, “Justice was always the first casualty. The catalyst for the war Wnd writing is a good way to let go one’s inhibitions swkrd make peace with oneself, it also needs a lot of concerted effort to deal with every detail of the past, the one you wish away, in a delicate manner, ssword to not weigh it in terms of the day, but that of the history of which they were a part.

The only thing I disliked about the book was the sngs she didn’t write the book in a chronolog I thought this book offered a good background on Pakistani Politics. It is an epic tale of intrigue, the making of modern Pakistan, and ultimately, tragedy. When she only talked badly about her it just made her seem more childish than she should have portrayed for herself.


If you have read Benazir’s books, this book will give you pause for thought, and encourage you to read more to find the truth about Pakistan and the Bhutto family.

Read this book ONLY you have a flair for masala. Sep 08, Nabila rated it did not like it.

I liked how she builds up to the event and quietly deals the blow. Read more Read less. One thing reading the book and then doing some independent checking has done is to disabuse me of my idea that Benazir Bhutto was some sort of secular saint or a martyr to democracy.

William Dalrymple published a review in Financial Times by saying “Songs of Blood and Sword is moving, witty and well-written. Into this unpleasant stew she then adds the cynical and greedy Zardari. During his absence Benazir Bhutto became a political force within Pakistan, including a period as prime minister between December and August If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Would you like us to take another look at this review? Fatima was not witness to any of the central political events described in the book, so most of the detailed narrative is recounted secondhand, recovered from Murtaza’s friends and colleagues. The author should also be commended on writing about events extremely personal and tragic – to an extent that most of us can’t fathom. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Hardcoverpages. The book created an angry reaction in Pakistan.

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Not many people have the courage, with the family history she had, to put all this information forward. It was these acquittals that prompted Ms Bhutto to publish this book. Third, its national hero, Alexander the Great, was a Yugoslavian. The fact that all of them died in either pursuit of power or during internal power struggles has been ignored by the writer.

In the book, Fatima has suggested that Benazir also played a role in another family murder — anx poisoning of her brother Shahnawaz in the south of France in — that has elicited the most vivid reaction.