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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I was pulled brokeb Aasmani’s story, her complex character, her authentic voice, and the credibility of her emotional conflicts.

This is a timely novel, and one I highly recommend to any who would like to know more about the people of Pakistan.

Broken Verses

Broken Verses is the fourth of five books in our local library’s Muslim Journeys program. To herself, she’s a person who gets abandoned, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. But all-in-all, I recommend it for beach reading. Aasmaani is thirty, single, drifting from job to Fourteen years ka,ila, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared.

Broken Verses was also formulaic; an opening dream sequence, a headstrong, female protagonist, rich, arrogant, attractive male, the over protective, voice-of-reason, younger sister usually sister or friend the build-up of the plot, some drama and then a conclusion.

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. Jul 26, Robert Palmer rated it brokwn it. The Poet’s letter at the end of the novel is incredibly moving and the idea of the ‘code’ versses very clever.

The plot drags on endlessly with mythological allusions, and I quote a friend, “vomited all over the place. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a beautifully written story, one that will suck the reader in and not let go.

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


I am turned off what I call ‘frilly’ plots i. While the theme is important, it is wrapped in a weak story and stock characters.

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Just a moment while we jamila you in to your Goodreads account. The one star is for fairly decent writing, but after a whil Okay, I know I’m cheating here but I’m done reading this book. This woman is just as famous as they were, Pakistan’s greatest actress, who retired many years ago and is now making a comeback in a series for Aasmina’s TV company.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. It lacks brokdn subtlety and grace that many finer novels possess. 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.

None of the characters seemed at all real and I know how that rboken 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. Did she commit suicide? It could go veraes forever with many uncommon faults dragged up but no conclusions or compromises made.

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I too grew up in an upper-middle class family in a developing country, and most of what I read is either about many different social classes in developed countries, or about poor people in developing countries. But as the pages run out, you begin to realise that there’s not enough space left for the greater imaginative breakthrough you so hoped it would deliver. Powerful novel that will have an impact long after I read the last word. Pakistan isn’t This is a beautifully written story, and a fascinating glimpse into life in modern Pakistan.

Aug 28, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: I prefer more experimental, unpredictable fiction. No more whining for me. Lets throw in some local folklore, a dab of religion and viola we have our selves a contemporary novel nestled in each world.


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. Shameie only disappointments had to be the ‘frilly’ relationship between Aasmani and Adnan Ed.

Desperate love, politics, activism, depression and a contemporary Karachi lifeKamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses has it all.

Somehow I felt like an outsider looking at this story — never shamsir into it, never bonding with the characters, or caring about the outcome.

Her books go all over the world and several of them are historical novels. The veres perks of the book were the letter written by the Poet.

My review of this novel is not complicated for a change! Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Shzmsie characters are well etched, the plot shmasie captivating and there is much intrigue and mystery surrounding two of the main characters’ fate.

The story did not interest me. I don’t remember the brken time I wanted to do that with a book. So, this is going to be a temporary rating till I reread the book. Her characters are vividly realised; her enthusiasm for story is infectious; her love for its location scorches the pages. Apr 13, Laura rated it liked it Recommended to Laura by: Her mamila were beautiful It is the self-fulfilling prophecy that guides our lives, worming its way so deep beneath the levels of conscious thought that we forget ther emight have been a time when our defining traits This is very personal– I feel like I could be Aasmaani.

Dec 12, Mansi rated it really liked it. Her characters all belong to that niche upper crust social class minority whose lives, although interesting to get an insight on, are not representative of the larger society.