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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My heart is weeping for all the lost passion yet rejoicing at the hope amidst all misery.

Broken Verses

whamsie I found the character Aasmaani to be a delightfully frustrating read. Now he is helping her make a triumphant comeback. I was only mildly curious about who did what and why. She has allowed herself to be defined by that. While the theme is important, it is wrapped in a weak story and stock characters.

Until we find out that they are Ed’s handy work. Brken someone can tell me why I need to finish the book, I’M moving on! Feb 17, Sabeena rated it really liked it.


When I finished it I just wanted to stay up all night and talk about it! The writing is incredibly rich.

Full disclosure- I love Kamila’s writing. All of the characters were upper class intellectuals and very Westernized. There are brpken discussion topics on this book yet.

Want to Read saving…. But these were treated more like past political issues. If the story moves at a slightly slower pace than one is used to in the current fare, it is more than made up for by how beautifully language is used.

Broken Verses is set in Karachi, Pakistan in the early s. At the same time, I am grateful for how willing she is to grapple with tough subjects. I was half way through this book when something sparked a memory and I had a feeling that I had already read it. But Shamsie’s wit was in a league of its own. Breaking the code brings her revelation without peace. Jun 08, Ann rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: On one hand, this made for a character I wasn’t that interested in, but on the other, it is an understandable reaction and I liked seeing her grow out of her passive role.


As the book starts, Aasmani is 30 and still living an unsettled life. But I knew already that in his eyes each one of my breaks would shift from challenge to reproach. The Poet had been taken away and killed for his writing and Asmaani’s mother had been jailed for rallying vverses women’s rights. View all 5 comments. Kamiila then there is nothing left. As she eloquently puts it, “every prayer of mine for the last fourteen years had been one single word: I still hardly have words to describe how much this moved me.

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This is very personal– I feel like I could be Aasmaani. The Poet is killed by the government, and a couple of years later, her mother disappears. Lists with This Book. It’s a private code that her mother and the Poet used to use when writing to each other.