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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To ask other readers questions about Broken Versesplease sign up. No one could have written this book any better. It’s not a hugely long list, but it’s satisfyingly substantial and there’s a fair bit of variety there.

Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared.

Shehnaz’s eagerly anticipated return to acting brings her into contact with Aasmaani. The beautiful language in the novel’s initial chapters becomes self-consciously lyrical, repeatedly drawing attention to itself. Product as described and very fast shipping! Learn more about Amazon Prime. Lets throw in some local folklore, a dab of religion and viola we have our selves a contemporary novel nestled in each world.

This is a vdrses who always felt she came second to others, that she wasn’t enough for her mother to want to stay, or even to want to live. The story is told by Aasmaani Inqalab who yearns for her mother Samina, an outspoken ehamsie who has disappeared.


She has this way of saying things that you’ve questioned or thought about at some point in your life. 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. More By and About This Author. So, this is going to be a temporary rating till I reread the book.

Aug 29, Sehar Moughal rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is so nice shasmie ‘see’ another side of Pakistan rather verdes how it is often depicted in the US news.

Books of the Week. Knowing the history made the book richer, since the reader was made aware of events that a Pakistani would already be familiar with.

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Broken Verses is not much of a departure in terms of the scope; it has her usual amalgamation of character’s angst, political and religious elements interplayi Full disclosure- I love Kamila’s writing. This is because I’d linger over a phrase, a paragraph and often go back and read the whole page all over again. And then there is nothing left.

I’m conflicted about this one. Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves. The sotryline is solid, won’t spoil brokej read by hinting towards it.

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kamlia Apr 02, Ramya Idea Smith rated it really liked it. I prefer more experimental, unpredictable fiction. But when she begins receiving coded messages that suggest that the Poet’s death was staged as part of a government plot, she is drawn into a web of intrigue in which her own life may be in danger. This is mostly as a result of her son working there, and he pays as much attention to Aasmina kmaila his mother does. They existed in Aasmani’s memory and were shaped through the memories and descriptions.


Aasmaani, frequently abandoned by her mother, still dreams of her glorious return.

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When she receives a cryptic letter, Shehnaz delivers it to Aasmaani knowing that Aasmaani’s mother and the Poet developed a secret code to communicate with each other. Wry, fetching and too clever for her own good, she is a captivating, unexpected heroine. Metatextual tale of a woman living in the shadow of partition. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Turbulent Karachi is the backdrop for this intriguing, shimmeringly intelligent fourth novel by Shamsie Kartographywhich tells the story of progressive, overeducated Aasmaani Inqalab, the utterly likable year-old daughter of fiery feminist icon Samina Akram.

Then I checked it out from the library last week again to reread it. The only perks of the book were the letter written by the Poet.

It is a lesson she needs to learn to grow.