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Nevertheless, there is a lot of general hurt, which unfortunately makes for some utterly nonsensical narration. I think I also enjoyed the book more because it was written by someone close to my age so I was able to get a clearer picture of what was going on.

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Fatima Bhutto, grandaughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who served as President of Pakistan and later as Prime Minister, and niece of Benazir Bhutto of more recent memory, writes informatively and passionately of her country’s political history, from her unique perspective. Fatima’s descriptions of her aunt become increasingly damning. Fatima Bhutto tells and incredible story about the legacy and loss of her family. Critics and several relatives accused Fatima of twisting history to make unverified allegations that give a negative impression to the memory b,ood Benazir Bhuttothe country’s only female Prime Minister.

The language is simple and easy to understand.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Oct 11, Priya rated it really liked it Shelves: Not many people have the courage, with the family history she had, to put all this information forward.

There were times when I had to put down the book and distract myself – because I couldn’t imagine these things happening with me and my father – it was impossible to place myself in Fatima’s shoes. However, for a person who has been politically aware since an early age and has been active in political literature of Pakistan, I feel that Fatima Bhutto misses facts, idealizes her father to the extent of worshiping him and conveniently forgets to mention a lot of realities of the politics of this country.

The Guardian also published a mixed review by Roderick Matthews, who wrote “This book is not an explicit prosecution of the Pakistani government; there are no damning documentary revelations. However, in context of recent interviews, Fatima has also expressed her changing viewpoint regarding recent demerits of dynastical politics ruling the region, and the need for meritocracy.


And then there’s Swword himself; friend of Colonel Gaddaffi, would be terrorist, boyfriend of a woman married to one of the Greek Junta; a man who somehow thought it best that his 3 year old daughter never see her mother I haven’t read her fiction In the shadow of the crescent moonbut I might just pick it up – I like her style and her prose.

Lastly, its a book about relationships, and above all its a book about love of a daughter towards her father and vice versa. Makes me realize how lucky India was as a country to amd a long lasting respected leaders, and one overarching Nehru above all who the nation listened to. Songs of Blood and Sword tells the story In Septemberfourteen-year-old Fatima Bhutto hid in a windowless dressing room, shielding her baby brother, while shots rang out in the dark outside the family home in Karachi. Your display name should be at faima 2 characters long.

She currently lives in Karachi.

sonys Songs of Blood and Sword is a memories written by Fatima Bhutto. The author has been quite candid with sharing names, places, dates and incidents – and many of those mentioned were direct attackers causing her father’s death – who still occupy seats of power in the ruling government of Pakistan today including the president. Fatima identifies two key decisions that set the course of Benazir’s life.

The evidence she presents implicating the current Pakistani president Asif Zardari and his deceased wife, the previous prime minister Benazir Bhutto, in the murder of the author’s father, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, is convincingly delivered and speaks for itself.

A Daughter’s Memoir on your Kindle in under a minute. Ssword that in mind, I probably should have chosen a more impartial source than one of the Bhutto’s It was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the world’s best-known political dynasties. A definite five stars.


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Having heard a few stories from my parents about the situation there, I could understand and identify the problems the characters face with each other.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about Pakistan and about the Bhuttos – it serves in no small measure as a warning to the ability of power to corrupt and bring tragedies bgutto the lives of those who seek it. Murtaza fled Pakistan in after the Zia regime took power, and did not return until The book is filled with family epistles, political history, violence and prose churned out through interviews with acquaintances, coteries and foreign journalists from Europe and Asia.

First it has more islands than people. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Please review your cart. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Arifa Akbar published another mixed review in The Independent by noting “As much as this is a loving portrait of Murtaza, it also reads as a hate-filled expose of Benazir and bbutto husband.

Barring the eongs few pages, where she actually distorts history beyond belief, the rest of the book is an account of the life and times of Pakistan through her eyes and the eyes of her father. Once Fatima’s favourite aunt, nicknamed Pinky, Benazir is shown as a rapacious woman who may have had a hand in her brothers’ deaths.

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There is no wishing away the reality for anyone, and so, comes the book. She keeps talking about how she’s the niece or daughter or second-cousin of some murdered Bhutto politician, as if that makes her really really important. Bhutto for penning down the story of her family—feudal, revolutionary, troubled, separated, killed in cold blood—beautifully. Lists with This Book.