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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Always left behind whenever Samina followed the Poet into exile, she had assumed that her mother’s disappearance was simply another abandonment. At the same time, I am grateful for how willing she is to grapple with tough subjects.

In top of that, homosexuality is versew in the story in such a complex and interesting way that it never felt a forced cliched inclusion.

A code book for progressive feminist Brkken. She loves, and is loved by, many. You see this impact through child’s perspective, and those of the former spouse, other family members and the community at large.

So, this is going to be a temporary rating till I reread the book. I am turned off what I call ‘frilly’ plots i. I still hardly have words to describe how much this moved me. Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to job. It is a lesson she needs to learn to grow. The writing flowed and most characters were clearly drawn, but the story line did not seem real.

Jan 16, Pamela rated it it was amazing Shelves: And Ed is one character without a backbone, a hypocritical-egotistical manipulator with mommy issues to boot, who even in his comparison to Merlin is not pitiable. 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.


Initially, I really enjoyed this novel. Nov 07, Louise rated it liked it Shelves: Given the xhamsie of introspection, the pace of this novel is slow. Quotes from Broken Verses. In the end, the courage to face the future and determine her steps back to wholeness bring freedom and lightness back to Aasmani.

They are brojen in a very strong, distinct voice, and they succeeded in making me understand why Aasmani loved the Poet, a man one would forgive her for resenting.

Full disclosure- I love Kamila’s writing. Aasmaani, who remembers the code from childhood, translates the letters and becomes convinced that the supposedly dead Poet is writing them.

Broken Verses — book review

It was something I really knew very little about. Books by Kamila Shamsie.

The story is told by Aasmaani Inqalab who yearns for her mother Samina, an outspoken feminist who has disappeared. Open Preview Brkken a Problem? 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.

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Broken Verses

It’s a private code that her mother and the Poet used to use when writing to each other. The story’s facile resolution is duplicitous, an author’s conceit.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I don’t remember the last time I wanted to do that with a book. Rich and arrogant male vs intelligent, headstrong independent woman, working together, battling egos until something changes and they inevitably get together in the end blah blah 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.


Aasmaani begins a new job at a cable television network, where she is introduced to the handsome son of a famous retired actress, Shenaz Saeed, who plans to return to the screen in a cable soap opera.

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But as mentioned above, I kammila have been happier with a simpler plot and 50 less pages. It’s not a hugely long list, but it’s satisfyingly substantial and there’s a fair bit of variety there. See 1 question about Broken Verses…. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Metatextual tale of a woman living in the shadow of partition.

Broken Verses: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Wry, fetching and too clever for her own good, she is a captivating, unexpected heroine. Lets throw in some local folklore, a dab of religion and viola we have our selves a contemporary novel nestled in each world. Explores themes of abandonment, exile, love and depression.

It was all too easy bg Aasmaari to leave her job at the oil company get what appears to be a make work job at the TV station; connections or not, this is a trick in a country with such a high unemployment rate. Aug 29, Sehar Moughal rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a miracle that is. The principle character, Aasmani is fighting something internal. That was Dad, that was fathers. Published June 1st by Mariner Books first published January 1st