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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The main character, a spoiled, whining 30 year old woman, has not learned that she is not the center of the universe.

ksmila Growing up in modern-day Pakistan, Aasmaani Inqalab is no stranger to government corruption and intrigue. Aasmaari desperately studies these clues in the hope that they will lead to her mother.

Ed’s immature behavior does not fit in with the importance and responsibilities of his job. I prefer more experimental, unpredictable fiction. 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.

No more whining for me. When they were in her life she was an interesting, well educated and incredibly bright child who was always learning and vrses and full of life.


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. Ed, who feels ignored by his mother, has similar emotional baggage.


Sep 12, Mina rated it it was amazing. Kamilx then, as a teenager, she’s left behind for good.

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And sha,sie name Aasmani Inqilab Celestial Revolution what a name!!! Aug 19, Abdullah Mo rated it it was amazing. Shamsie’s depiction of grief not yet dealt with is, I believe, spot on. I was powerfully drawn to them; The Poet and the Activist. Quotes from Broken Verses.

Paperbackpages. That was their most abiding quality — their thereness. It took me a long time to get to the end of this book.

I was more curious as to why this book was chosen for the Muslim Journeys program. My heart is weeping for all the lost passion yet rejoicing at the hope amidst all misery. Carefully crafted novel about the power of words, passion and parental love.

Broken Verses

Of all the rhetorical questions in shamsle world, that is the one which irritates me most with its simultaneous gesture towards and denial of the trespass that is about to follow. No overpowering surges in emotion or action, no melodrama. Two years earlier, her lover, Pakistan’s greatest poet, was beaten to death by government thugs. The plot, it turns out, is brlken a means of allowing her characters to move from one scene of introspective moodiness to another.

I had the same issue I’ve had with most of her books – the premise is great but they are so overwritten and issue laden. Government censorship of writing and political rally’s for women are part of the backstory in this book. Between that and some of the very private things mentioned in the letter, Aasmina is sure that the letters must be written by the Poet. Shamsie is the daughter of literary critic and writer Muneeza Shamsiethe niece of celebrated Indian novelist Attia Hosainand the granddaughter of the memoirist Begum Jahanara Habibullah.


At the television company she meets the s 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.

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She suffered a radical rupture with her past. Although I read Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel first and worked back to her earlier work, I must say that the writing in Broken Verses shows her artistry in the written word.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Aasmani spends much of the book laying the blame of why she is who she is on everyone around her. She struggles with the expectations and her sense of abandonment with a sharp tongue and a cynical attitude.