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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Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie This is a book I was reading for a group discussion but did not finish. Aug 29, Sehar Moughal rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of those books that you are so quick to devour that in your hunger to read the next line and then the next page you often miss out on the chance to actually stop and ponder over the words that were written and what they invoke in you.

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.

It is a lesson she needs to learn to grow. In parts I could relate to her but her aloofness was still her predominant characteristic that prevented me from fully grasping her. Her books have been translated into a number of languages. When I finished it I just wanted to stay up all night and talk about it!

So I will just readjust the rating to one star. I’d like to rate this higher for the attempt at serious content, but with both the plot and characters needing more depth I’ll keep it at a 3. Her female protagonist is pleasantly introspective, and the novel attempts to place the story within a specific politico-historical context. Kamila Shamsie was born in in Karachi, where she grew up. The story line was great,however,the ideas represented in the book were like magic. As I was obligated to finish it for a seminar, I read it determinedly just so I could hurry up and move on to something else.

And then there is nothing left. None of the characters seemed at all real and I know how that sounds as I realize it is fiction,but I like it when the people seem real at least,the pace was very slow,the plot line was weak,the style of the writing was tedious. 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. Apr 02, Ramya Idea Smith rated it really liked it.


The characters, some of whom drop literary allusions to American and British literature, seem more like people you meet at a US Starbucks, than in Karachi, Pakistan. After a while, their trials and tribulations begin to feel a bit shallow, self absorbed and too “first world”. Her characters are not that relatable once they started whining too much about their mommy and daddy issues and they seem to be trapped in their own little bubbles of self-indulgence.

I think these characters made the biggest impact on me. I think this darker alternative could have been explored more Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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The text is bold that refers to gay and lesbian relationships that too in an Asian context. My review of this novel is not complicated for a change! Growing up in modern-day Pakistan, Aasmaani Inqalab is no stranger to government corruption and intrigue.

The only perks of the book were the letter written by the Poet. I would love to read a whole book of those letters. That was Dad, that was fathers. 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. When they left her she stoppped trying to use her mind and found a rut to sink into, barely living at all.

See 1 question about Broken Verses…. We are so desperate to be explicable to ourselves Force tyranny to defend itself No one could have written this book any better.

The principle character, Aasmani is f My review of this novel is not complicated for a change! I was glad to finally finish it.


She reminds me almost exactly of myself. Sixteen years ago, the Poet, subversive and brilliant, love of Samina’s life, was found mysteriously murdered. But you know what?

The story did not interest me. It kept me interested, and I thought the resolution made sense.


We are entirely explicable to each other, and yet we stay. A code book for progressive feminist Asians. The writing is on the level of second-rate genre fiction, and the dialogue is often hokey and overblown.

Clearly Kamila Shamsie is a grand writer to watch out for. Sahmsie book starts out very strongly. I enjoyed reading it, not so much for the political-thriller suspense, as for the way that Shamsie masterfully writes her protagonist’s first person narrative. Well, it worked for me, maybe because it’s one of the very few times where I’ve read about an experience that seems familiar from my childhood.

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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. Of all the rhetorical questions in the world, that is the one which irritates me most with its simultaneous gesture towards and denial of the trespass that is about to follow.

I still hardly have words to describe how much this moved me. I believe that the people of America and all the countries of the Middle East need to understand each other and be able to relate so that we can establish a lasting peace between us. I especially liked the author’s discussion of the nature of one’s character on pages But the shocking thing is that some vegses the content makes it clear the letters must have been written after the Poet’s supposed death.

I felt it was unnecessary and perhaps the story would’ve been stronger for having removed this whole interaction.