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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So, this is going to be a temporary rating till I reread the book. They are written in a very strong, distinct voice, and they succeeded in making me understand why Aasmani loved the Poet, a man one would shamzie her for resenting. 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.

It’s one of those books. The book starts out very strongly. She reminds me almost exactly vrses myself. This is because I’d linger over a phrase, a paragraph and often go back and read the whole page all over again.


Apr 01, Rabeea rated it liked it. The basic story was of a woman who has allowed the disappearnce of her mother, vrses the death of her Omi a poet and her step-father figure to change her entire character. 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 kamjla a famous retired actress, Shenaz Saeed, who plans to return to the screen in a cable soap opera.

I don’t remember the last time I wanted to do that with a book.

Has the Poet really been held captive these many years? 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. There is motherhood, sisterly affection, respect for sexuality, discourse in Quran and woman, suspense, myth, mystery, Karachi, intimacy, liqour, shamsi, mockery of extremism, tragedy, reflection of maturity, command and mastery on the art of fiction writing, domesticity, “dildo”, hudood ordinance, To ask other readers questions about Broken Versesplease sign up.


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. What strikes me most about the book is the analogy it draws brokem the past, poetry, women’s rights movement and bits off religion to boot.

Broken Verses is set ,amila Karachi, Pakistan in the early s. The story revolves around some clues that arrive through the famous actress, Shehnaz Saeed, Samira’s close friend, and her son Ed. 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. No one could have written this book any shamsue.

No one wants to be taken advantage of or pushed around. Now in her thirties, Aasmaani is plagued with the weight of the past, unable to let go of her family history: To view it, click here.


More By and About This Author. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The mystery at the heart of the plot bt the mysterious letters was well done. The principle character, Aasmani is fighting something internal. I enjoy reading all of that, but there’s a special pleasure in seeing your own personal experience reflected.

Still, Aasmaani is in an untenable position as the daughter of such a woman, torn between the need for her mother and belief in the cause, always sharing her Samina, kamilq with the people or the Poet. I broekn grew up in an upper-middle class family in a developing country, and most of what I read is either about many different social classes in developed countries, or about poor people in developing countries.


The text is bold that refers to gay and lesbian relationships that too in an Asian context. That was Dad, that was fathers. In the end, the courage to face the future and determine her steps back to wholeness bring freedom and lightness back to Aasmani. 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.

Her beloved stepfather was brutally killed. Every prayer and every curse. Somehow I felt like an outsider looking at this story — never drawn into it, never bonding with the characters, or caring about the outcome. I shamsue 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.

Lesser times, all in all; and Aasmaani’s torment at having been rudely cut off from both her mother and her intellectual and literary mentor is thus also the anguish of no longer knowing how to be – the bewilderment of poverty after a rich tradition is exhausted. Ed wrote the letters. Dec 21, Samar rated it did not like it. Aasmina was a bit of a non-entity as a character, but that was the whole point.

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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. Jun 08, Kamlia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So obviously, I went and bought all her backlist.

But how amazing they were!