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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Sixteen years ago, the Poet, subversive and brilliant, love of Samina’s life, was found mysteriously murdered.

The one star is for fairly decent writing, but after a while you start feeling like the protagonist’s therapist without the matching pay check. The people she still has in her life, the ones who have always been there for her and tried so hard to pull her back out of her shell, are her father, stepmother, and sister. Her mother, Samina, was a famous feminist activist.

Broken Verses

When I finished it I just wanted to stay up all night and talk about it! The chapters had a lovely continuity and were the perfect length.

I would list this book as a postfeminist text from Pakistan that very aptly delilneates with many delicate issues of femininity and feminism. 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.


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It’s one of brokej books. While the theme is important, it is wrapped in a weak story and stock characters. Aasmaani is expending her own intellectual and poetic gifts writing questions for a TV quiz show. The Best Books of Ed, who feels ignored by his mother, has similar emotional baggage.

Every phrase of Shamsie is something I keep going back to, pondering over and falling in love with. Oct 28, Jennifer rated it really liked it Recommends it for: View all 5 comments.

A God in Every Stone. I was half way through this book when something sparked a memory and I had a feeling that I had already read it.

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

My biggest qualm with this book is the plot and especially the ending of it which to be quite honest didn’t quite live up to the sensational writing that preceded it and almost promised a truly spectacular read.

What a miracle that is. On the whole there is a calm air of acceptability and graciousness in the novel, where there is unexpectedly no tension between chracters that would have bdoken there had the author followed conventional norms of how Pakistani society functions.


The story is told by Aasmaani Inqalab who yearns for her mother Samina, an outspoken feminist who has disappeared. The writing flowed and most characters were clearly drawn, but the story line did not seem real.

Want to Read Currently Kaimla Read. Lets throw in some local folklore, a dab of religion and viola we have our selves a contemporary novel nestled in each world. It isn’t very suprising though, since they se Wow.

I loved the ending.

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Shamsie’s depiction of grief not yet dealt with is, I believe, spot on. This is a beautifully written story, and a fascinating glimpse into life in modern Pakistan. Since the age of 17, Aasmaani has been haunted by the brutal murder of her mother’s lover—known simply as “the Poet”—and by her mother’s disappearance two years later. I was only mildly curious about who did what and why. Feb 05, Karyl rated it really liked it Shelves: This process is particularly painful when someone close to you has unexpectedly or violently died.

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