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A Beautiful Reading Experience
on 13 July 2005
Shamsie's 4th novel, published by Bloomsbury in 2005, is a splendid one, a beautiful read, and a continuation and development of Shamsie's distinctive and charming writing voice.
Shamsie is a Pakistani author, who consistently presents Pakistani society as a highly complex, attractive, mind-boggling, sophisticated society, cramed with distinctive and memorable characters.
The engaging and intelligent protagonist of Broken Verses, Aasmaani, is not unlike the protagonist of Kartography (Shamsie's 3rd novel), Raheen, in her wit, emotional independence, fierce loyalties, wry humour, privileged social status.
The storyline is based on Aasmaani not being able to know whether her mother and her mother's soulmate and lover, called The Poet, are truly dead. The plot is simple but intriguing, painted in broad brushstrokes but filled with wonderful complexities and nuances and intricacies. However, whatever the plot, I would have relished every page of this novel because Shamsie's language is so rich, so quick-witted and charming, her characters have such charisma, and the sentences flow so beautifully, unfolding the thoughts in the reader's mind with graceful rhythm. It is a tremendous piece of writing, the authorial consciousness and self-awareness knife-sharp, the verse sparkling in brilliance.