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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Preview — Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie. Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie. Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Two years earlier, her lover, Pakistan’s greatest poet, was beaten to death by government thugs. In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just discovered a letter in the couple’s private code—a letter that could only have been written recently.
Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to job. Always left behind whenever Samina followed shamssie Poet into exile, she had assumed that her mother’s disappearance was simply another abandonment. Then, while working at Pakistan’s first independent TV station, Aasmaani runs into an old friend of Samina’s who gives her the first letter, then many more.
Broken Verses: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Publishing
Where could the shamsir have come from? And will they lead her to her mother? 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. Paperbackpages.
Published June 1st by Mariner Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Broken Versesplease sign up. See 1 question about Broken Verses…. Lists with This Book. Apr 02, Ramya Idea Smith rated it really liked it.
It took me over a week to read this book, twice of what I’d normally have taken. This is because I’d linger over a phrase, a paragraph and often go back and shammsie the whole page all over again.
“Broken Verses: A Novel” by Kamila Shamsie
I stretched out the reading to savour the experience. I don’t remember the last time I wanted to do that with a book. The story of Aasmaani Inquilab shamsle interesting enough. 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 what I’d normally have taken. 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 language is used.
Kamila Shamsie makes an art out of writing as well as story-telling with ‘Broken Verses’ and excels syamsie both. Feb 19, Kathleen rated it liked it. Broken Verses is the fourth of five books in our local library’s Muslim Journeys program. The main character, a spoiled, whining 30 year old woman, has not learned that she is not the center of the universe. It is a lesson she needs to learn to grow. The story did not interest me. The author did not make me care what happens.
I was only mildly curious about who did what and why.
I was more curious as to why this book was chosen for the Muslim Journe Broken Verses is the fourth of five books in our local library’s Muslim Journeys program. I was more curious as to why this book was chosen for the Muslim Journeys program. About the only mention of religion was the fasting for Ramadan and occasional calls to prayer. Government censorship of writing and political rally’s for women are part of the backstory in this book.
The Poet had been taken away and killed for his writing and Asmaani’s mother had been jailed for rallying for women’s rights. But these were treated more like past political issues.
All of the characters were upper class intellectuals and very Westernized. It took me a long time to get to the end of this book. I was glad to finally finish it. The writing flowed vfrses most characters were clearly drawn, but the story line did not seem real. View all 4 comments. May bfoken, Jen 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 Kamipa wasn’t the best book I have read, by far, but Shxmsie was interesting and I loved the writing style whenever the poet would take over in his letters.
I would love to read a whole book of those letters. The basic story was of a woman who has allowed the disappearnce of her mother, and the death of her Vverses a poet and her step-father figure to change her entire character. It isn’t very suprising though, since they se Wow. It isn’t very suprising though, since they seemed to create the character she was as a child as well.
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. When they left her she stoppped trying to use her mind and found a rut to sink into, barely living at all. The people she still has in her life, the ones who have always been there for her bromen tried so hard to pull her back out of her shell, are her father, stepmother, and sister.
Aasmani spends much of the book laying the blame of why she is who she is on everyone around her.
It’s her mother’s fault shasmie choosing her lover over her daughter, for leaving without an explanation, for working so hard to make political changes when it was all useless, for becoming an icon and her Omi’s fault for stealing her mother from her, for not thinking of the child in the situation first, for trying to make her grow up too quickly and her fault for not being a good enough reason for her mother to stay. Her memories and feelings change constantly throughout, showing how life is never one-sided.
Every prayer of mine for the last fourteen years had been one single word: Every prayer and every curse. The one who now gave her no reason to return.
A fight starts over one fact, but as that gets forgotten the debaters move onto completely different subjects that they also disagree on. It could go on forever with many uncommon faults dragged up but no conclusions or compromises made.
I must do whatever I can. Take me broken, I wanted to say. But I knew already that in his eyes each one of my breaks would shift from challenge to reproach. And versez were always there. That was their most abiding quality — their thereness. That was Dad, that was fathers. Mar 14, Michele J. Initially, Shamwie really enjoyed this novel. It’s written by a Pakistani woman, and is set in Karachi, Pakistan. Shamsie’s language is beautiful, and there are many shamaie turns of phrase.
Her female protagonist is pleasantly introspective, and the novel attempts to place the story within a specific politico-historical context. However, as the novel progresses, those pleasing aspects shameie annoying.
The plot, it turns out, is merely a means of allowing her characters to move from one scene of intro Initially, I really enjoyed this novel. The plot, it turns out, is merely a means of allowing her characters to move from one scene of introspective moodiness to another.
The beautiful language in the novel’s initial chapters becomes self-consciously lyrical, repeatedly drawing attention to itself. Moreover, Shamsie seems to be trying too hard to make this a political novel. It lacks shmsie subtlety and grace that many finer novels possess.
The first ,amila of the novel is wonderful, but it tapers off in teh second half and becomes too self-conscious. The book tries to accomplish too much, and tries too hard, at that. But all-in-all, I recommend it for beach reading. Nov 07, Louise rated it liked it Shelves: In this novel characters with what seem to be western sensibilities are grafted onto a setting in Pakistan.
Kzmila issues are introduced. The story is told by Aasmaani Inqalab who yearns for her mother Samina, kqmila outspoken feminist who has disappeared. Did Samina flee the police? Did she run away her with her lover, the radical poet Omi who is presumed to have been beaten to death?
Did she commit suicide? The story revolves around some clues that arrive through the famous actress, S In this novel characters with what seem to be western sensibilities are grafted onto a setting in Pakistan.
The story revolves around some clues that arrive through the famous actress, Shehnaz Saeed, Samira’s close friend, and her son Ed. Aasmaari desperately bfoken these clues in the hope that they will lead to her mother.