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I read this book a couple of months ago Then I checked it out from the library last week again to reread it I still hardly have words to describe how much this moved me She has this way of saying things that you ve questioned or thought about at some point in your life Her characters are brave They are willing to rip open their flesh to bare the soul and scrutinize it, and with that those of the readers I loved the ending I honestly believe there couldn t have been a better ending, not w I read this book a couple of months ago Then I checked it out from the library last week again to reread it I still hardly have words to describe how much this moved me She has this way of saying things that you ve questioned or thought about at some point in your life Her characters are brave They are willing to rip open their flesh to bare the soul and scrutinize it, and with that those of the readers I loved the ending I honestly believe there couldn t have been a better ending, not without belittling the rest of the novel This book reminded me what it is like to fall in love with every single character Ah, read it Cherish it Come back to it, and feel everything all over once again It s one of those books In this novel characters with what seem to be western sensibilities are grafted onto a setting in Pakistan Serious issues are introduced.The story is told by Aasmaani Inqalab who yearns for her mother Samina, an outspoken feminist who has disappeared Is she alive Did Samina flee the police Did she run away her with her lover, the radical poet Omi who is presumed to have been beaten to death Did she commit suicide The story revolves around some clues that arrive through the famous actress, S In this novel characters with what seem to be western sensibilities are grafted onto a setting in Pakistan Serious issues are introduced.The story is told by Aasmaani Inqalab who yearns for her mother Samina, an outspoken feminist who has disappeared Is she alive Did Samina flee the police Did she run away her with her lover, the radical poet Omi who is presumed to have been beaten to death Did she commit suicide The story revolves around some clues that arrive through the famous actress, Shehnaz Saeed, Samira s close friend, and her son Ed Aasmaari desperately studies these clues in the hope that they will lead to her mother.The theme of abandonment runs throughout the book Besides the stress of her mother s final disappearance, Aasmaari suffered throughout her childhood in feeling second to the poet While she is proud of her mother and supports her mother s cause, she feels second to this as well Ed, who feels ignored by his mother, has similar emotional baggage.The common theme of family neglect and abandonment due to divorce or new partners for parents goes in a different direction by adding the impact of activism You see this impact through child s perspective, and those of the former spouse, other family members and the community at large Because Samina and the poet are radicals in Pakistan, the consequences are steep.While the theme is important, it is wrapped in a weak story and stock characters It was all too easy for Aasmaari to leave her job at the oil company get what appears to be a make work job at the TV station connections or not, this is a trick in a country with such a high unemployment rate The clues themselves are not written to the standard expected of a celebrated poet The characters, some of whom drop literary allusions to American and British literature, seemlike people you meet at a US Starbucks, than in Karachi, Pakistan Dad is the perfect Dad and he has found a perfect partner in Beema Ed s immature behavior does not fit in with the importance and responsibilities of his job.I d like to rate this higher for the attempt at serious content, but with both the plot and characters needingdepth I ll keep it at a 3 Fourteen Years Ago, Famous Pakistani Activist Samina Akram Disappeared Two Years Earlier, Her Lover, Pakistan S Greatest Poet, Was Beaten To Death By Government Thugs In Present Day Karachi, Her Daughter Aasmaani Has Just Discovered A Letter In The Couple S Private Code A Letter That Could Only Have Been Written Recently Aasmaani Is Thirty, Single, Drifting From Job To Job Always Left Behind Whenever Samina Followed The Poet Into Exile, She Had Assumed That Her Mother S Disappearance Was Simply Another Abandonment Then, While Working At Pakistan S First Independent TV Station, Aasmaani Runs Into An Old Friend Of Samina S Who Gives Her The First Letter, Then Many Where Could The Letters Have Come From And Will They Lead Her To Her Mother 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 Broken Verses by Kamila ShamsieThis is a book I was reading for a group discussion but did not finish I read over two thirds of it, however enough to have a good idea how I felt about it and know that I did not want to spendtime on it If you are looking for a window into Pakistan as I was you won t find it here I can t say much for the plot not much of one or the characters either Somehow I felt like an outsider looking at this story never drawn into it, never bonding with the ch Broken Verses by Kamila ShamsieThis is a book I was reading for a group discussion but did not finish I read over two thirds of it, however enough to have a good idea how I felt about it and know that I did not want to spendtime on it If you are looking for a window into Pakistan as I was you won t find it here I can t say much for the plot not much of one or the characters either Somehow I felt like an outsider looking at this story never drawn into it, never bonding with the characters, or caring about the outcome I admit I don t know a lot about the mechanics of writing but it did seem well written In the end, however, I don t know what the author intended the book to be about Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie is the tale of a twenty something Pakistani girl, the daughter of a famous activist who has disappeared long ago amid despair over the death of her lover, the Poet Aasmani s name recognition lands her a job at a television company and her uncanny resemblance to her mother, Samina, causes others to expect greatness She struggles with the expectations and her sense of abandonment with a sharp tongue and a cynical attitude At the television company she meets the s Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie is the tale of a twenty something Pakistani girl, the daughter of a famous activist who has disappeared long ago amid despair over the death of her lover, the Poet Aasmani s name recognition lands her a job at a television company and her uncanny resemblance to her mother, Samina, causes others to expect greatness She struggles with the expectations and her sense of abandonment with a sharp tongue and a cynical attitude At the television company she meets the son of her mother s friend, the beloved and famous actress Shehnaz Saeed, who also feels the pressure of having a well known parent They are drawn together in a mystery that brings Aasmani the hope that she may find her mother and restore the broken pieces of her heart.Filled with the language of poetry, Shamsie depicts a post 9 11 Pakistan filled with loss and sadness, and glimmers of hope Aasmani s journey through her loss mirrors that of the country s loss of freedom, as did the Poet s love for her mother and country cause him to cry out against the injustices of government Aasmani s sharpness and rudeness to others reflect the anger and pain she feels over the loss of her mother and father figure, similar to the way that the country currently refuses to back down to American demands No one wants to be taken advantage of or pushed around In the end, the courage to face the future and determine her steps back to wholeness bring freedom and lightness back to Aasmani.This is a timely novel, and one I highly recommend to any who would like to knowabout the people of Pakistan I also recommend Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi for a better understanding of the people of Iran 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 A code book for progressive feminist Asians The tale of complexities of emotions and expectations both entwined with Love Activist Samina Akram is in love with poet Omi, and that love is beyond bounds Concurrently, Samina is mother of Aasmani, who is living with her father, a caring stepmother and warm hearted younger stepsister Kamila raises a myraid of feminist concerns in the book, especially from the perspective of a Muslim woman, for example the one is does being a mother means you com A code book for progressive feminist Asians The tale of complexities of emotions and expectations both entwined with Love Activist Samina Akram is in love with poet Omi, and that love is beyond bounds Concurrently, Samina is mother of Aasmani, who is living with her father, a caring stepmother and warm hearted younger stepsister Kamila raises a myraid of feminist concerns in the book, especially from the perspective of a Muslim woman, for example the one is does being a mother means you compromise on all other identities of yours I would list this book as a postfeminist text from Pakistan that very aptly delilneates with many delicate issues of femininity and feminism 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 been there had the author followed conventional norms of how Pakistani society functions Beautiful, rich expression ladened with intertextuality enriches the joy of read though at times you need to dig the dictionary to not to miss the subtlety The text is bold that refers to gay and lesbian relationships that too in an Asian context 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 Physicality of relationship of Ed and Aasmani, Poet and Samina mother of Aasmani , Samina and Shenaz, Shehnaz and her son Ed s female friends is very uncommon for Pakistani fiction The sotryline is solid, won t spoil your read by hinting towards it Simply, I want to reiterate it is a our, Pakistani, contribution to Post Feminist Fiction There is motherhood, sisterly affection, respect for sexuality, discourse in Quran and woman, suspense, myth, mystery, Karachi, intimacy, liqour, politics, mockery of extremism, tragedy, reflection of maturity, command and mastery on the art of fiction writing, domesticity, dildo , hudood ordinance, do not read it Initially, I really enjoyed this novel It s written by a Pakistani woman, and is set in Karachi, Pakistan Shamsie s language is beautiful, and there are many striking turns of phrase Her female protagonist is pleasantly introspective, and the novel attempts to place the story within a specific politico historical context.However, as the novel progresses, those pleasing aspects become annoying The plot, it turns out, is merely a means of allowing her characters to move from one scene of intro Initially, I really enjoyed this novel It s written by a Pakistani woman, and is set in Karachi, Pakistan Shamsie s language is beautiful, and there are many striking turns of phrase Her female protagonist is pleasantly introspective, and the novel attempts to place the story within a specific politico historical context.However, as the novel progresses, those pleasing aspects become annoying The plot, it turns out, is merely a means of allowing her characters to move from one scene of introspective moodiness to another The beautiful language in the novel s initial chapters becomes self consciously lyrical, repeatedly drawing attention to itself Moreover, Shamsie seems to be trying too hard to make this a political novel It lacks the subtlety and grace that many finer novels possess the last three chapters of the book wrap up the storyline entirely too neatly and abruptly, and though the protagonist has supposedly made a journey of self discovery, the ending leaves me wondering if she actually has The first half of the novel is wonderful, but it tapers off in teh second half and becomes too self conscious The book tries to accomplish too much, and tries too hard, at that But all in all, I recommend it for beach reading No one could have written this book any better The story line was great,however,the ideas represented in the book were like magic My heart is weeping for all the lost passion yet rejoicing at the hope amidst all misery This quote sums up the beauty of this book It s true, that in concrete battles the tyrants may have the upper hand in terms of tactics, weapons, ruthlessness What our means of protest attempt to do is to move the battles towards abstract space Force tyranny to defend itself No one could have written this book any better The story line was great,however,the ideas represented in the book were like magic My heart is weeping for all the lost passion yet rejoicing at the hope amidst all misery This quote sums up the beauty of this book It s true, that in concrete battles the tyrants may have the upper hand in terms of tactics, weapons, ruthlessness What our means of protest attempt to do is to move the battles towards abstract space Force tyranny to defend itself in language Weaken it with public opinion, with supreme court judgements, with debates and subversive curriculum Take hold of the media, take hold of the printing presses and the newspapers, broadcast your views from pirate radio channels, spread the word Don t do anything less than all you are capable of, and remember that history outlives you It may not be until your grandchildren s days that they ll point back and say, there were sown the seeds of what we ve now achieved Wow I almost gave up on this book before I got 50 pages in, and I am glad I didn t It wasn t the best book I have read, by far, but It was interesting and I loved the writing style whenever the poet would take over in his letters I would love to read a whole book of those letters.The basic story was of a woman who has allowed the disappearnce of her mother, and the death of her Omi a poet and her step father figure to change her entire character It isn t very suprising though, since they se Wow I almost gave up on this book before I got 50 pages in, and I am glad I didn t It wasn t the best book I have read, by far, but It was interesting and I loved the writing style whenever the poet would take over in his letters I would love to read a whole book of those letters.The basic story was of a woman who has allowed the disappearnce of her mother, and the death of her Omi a poet and her step father figure to change her entire character It isn t very suprising though, since they seemed to create the character she was as a child as well When they were in her life she was an interesting, well educated and incredibly bright child who was always learning and curius and full of life When they left her she stoppped trying to use her mind and found a rut to sink into, barely living at all 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 Aasmani spends much of the book laying the blame of why she is who she is on everyone around her It s her mother s fault for choosing her lover over her daughter, for leaving without an explanation, for working so hard to make political changes when it was all useless, for becoming an icon and her Omi s fault for stealing her mother from her, for not thinking of the child in the situation first, for trying to make her grow up too quickly and her fault for not being a good enough reason for her mother to stay Her memories and feelings change constantly throughout, showing how life is never one sided And it was time for the morning prayer Every prayer of mine for the last fourteen years had been one single word Mama Every prayer and every curse Without her here, I didn t know how to create for myself any story but that of the daughter she deserted, time and again the one who never gave her a reason to stay The one who now gave her no reason to return We could spend all night out there, I knew, plunging our hands into the ice cold river and pulling out squirming facts, entirely distinct from one another, which would wriggle out of our grasp almost as soon as we hoisted them above their fast moving surface This excerpt and the background of it remind me of arguments that I ve been in that I thought would never end A fight starts over one fact, but as that gets forgotten the debaters move onto completely different subjects that they also disagree on It could go on forever with many uncommon faults dragged up but no conclusions or compromises made I don t know how not to fight for this Mama, how long have you been hiding inside me Don t talk to me as though there s a choice involved I must do whatever I can Come down to it, Ed was just another one of those men who wanted to fix me and believed that he could Take me broken, I wanted to say But I knew already that in his eyes each one of my breaks would shift from challenge to reproach Fathers were efficient in matters of finance, and rewiring They didn t lack emotion, they simply didn t express it except in tiny bursts And they were always there That was their most abiding quality their thereness That was Dad, that was fathers Through me, Samina, you found love If you were to be faithful to me in all my years of absence, you d be unfaithful to love Broken Verses is the fourth of five books in our local library s Muslim Journeys program It takes place in Karachi, Pakistan since 9 11 The main character, a spoiled, whining 30 year old woman, has not learned that she is not the center of the universe It is a lesson she needs to learn to grow.The story did not interest me The author did not make me care what happens I was only mildly curious about who did what and why I wascurious as to why this book was chosen for the Muslim Journe Broken Verses is the fourth of five books in our local library s Muslim Journeys program It takes place in Karachi, Pakistan since 9 11 The main character, a spoiled, whining 30 year old woman, has not learned that she is not the center of the universe It is a lesson she needs to learn to grow.The story did not interest me The author did not make me care what happens I was only mildly curious about who did what and why I wascurious as to why this book was chosen for the Muslim Journeys program About the only mention of religion was the fasting for Ramadan and occasional calls to prayer Government censorship of writing and political rally s for women are part of the backstory in this book The Poet had been taken away and killed for his writing and Asmaani s mother had been jailed for rallying for women s rights But these were treatedlike past political issues All of the characters were upper class intellectuals and very Westernized.It took me a long time to get to the end of this book I was glad to finally finish it The writing flowed and most characters were clearly drawn, but the story line did not seem real