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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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. She had me at ‘Belzon’. 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.

Aasmaani is thirty, samsie, drifting from job to Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. The Poet’s letter at the end of the novel is incredibly moving and the idea of the ‘code’ was very clever. When she leaves a cushy job at the state oil company to start working at a trendy and hip new TV company, she comes across an old friend of her mother and stepfather’s.

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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. A code book for progressive feminist Asians. Slow Horses Slough House Book 1.


Aasmani grew up as a bit of a fifth wheel in their tempestuous love affair and lives which were made even more chaotic by external events.

And then, as a teenager, she’s left behind for good. The story line was great,however,the ideas represented in the book were like magic. But these were treated more like past political issues.

I also really enjoyed the setting, particularly the look back at the tumultous 80s and what was going on in Pakistan then. Unless someone can tell me why Shamxie need to finish the book, I’M moving on!

This is a woman who always felt she came second to others, that she wasn’t enough for her mother to want to stay, or even to want to live.


And then, through them, Aasmina receives a mysterious letter. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It is delightful to read Shamsie’s books.

Every time I picked up the book, I was sucked into Aasmaani’s world, and I found it very difficult to put the book down. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. View all 5 comments. 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.


I’m conflicted about this one.

Review: Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie | Books | The Guardian

Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Shamsie’s love for and knowledge of the people of today’s Karachi shine through this compelling tale. Come back to it, and feel everything all over once again. I enjoy reading all of that, but there’s a special pleasure in seeing your own personal experience reflected.

The Best Books of The xhamsie character, Aasmani is fighting something internal.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Product details File Size: Force tyranny to defend itself in language. The basic story was of a woman who kamilx allowed the disappearnce of her mother, and the death of her Omi a poet and her step-father figure to change her entire character.

Aasmaani is expending her own intellectual and poetic gifts writing questions for a TV quiz show.

I was powerfully drawn to them; The Poet and the Activist. Because Samina and the poet are radicals in Pakistan, the consequences are steep.