Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Turbulent Karachi is the backdrop for this intriguing Broken Verses – Kindle edition by Kamila Shamsie. Download. Turbulent Karachi is the backdrop for this intriguing, shimmeringly intelligent fourth novel by Shamsie (Kartography), which tells the story of. 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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Broken Verses: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Publishing

The people she still has in her life, the ones who have kaamila been there for her and tried so hard to pull her back out of her shell, are her father, stepmother, and sister.

Not Enabled Word Wise: The book tries to accomplish too much, and tries too hard, at that. Her descriptions of Karachi’s life, ambience and of course, the sea, are delectable and heartfelt.

Jun 25, Lauren rated it liked it. Aasmani actually didn’t need Ed. A God in Every Stone. If the story moves at a slightly slower pace than one is used to in the current fare, it is more than made up for by how beautifully la It took me over a week to read this book, twice of kamlia I’d normally have taken.

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Her prose is beautiful and evocative. Until we find out that they are Ed’s kami,a work. To herself, she’s a person who gets abandoned, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. But how amazing they were! Agent, Victoria Hobbs at A.

Pakistan isn’t a country I know well, though I have known natives of that country, thanks to my husband’s job as an instructor for the US Navy. Get to Know Kaila. Shehnaz’s eagerly anticipated return to acting brings her into contact with Aasmaani. Her books go all over the world and several of them are historical novels.

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Aasmani spends much of the book laying the blame of why she is who she is on everyone around her. Read reviews that mention broken verses years ago kamila shamsie political activist mother and the poet loved this book aasmaani pakistan language pakistani prose theme actress literature aasmani code disappearance lyrical politics sometimes.

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. 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?

I love the writing. Of all the rhetorical questions in the world, that is the one which irritates me most with its simultaneous gesture towards ahamsie denial of the vroken that is about to follow. This is written in such lucid language. 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. Every prayer of mine for the last fourteen years had been one single word: What a miracle that is.


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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. I was powerfully drawn to them; The Poet and the Activist. There were actual letters from The Poet and it was her dad that held him Captive.

Apr 28, Nakib Hoq rated it it was amazing.


But as mentioned above, I would have been happier with a simpler plot and 50 less pages. Broken Verses is not much of a departure in terms of the scope; it has her usual amalgamation of character’s angst, kamilw and religious elements interplaying with the complex and distinctive ethnic and social persona of Karachi. Kamila Shamsie weaves a story that skillfully combines political intrigue with family dynamics.