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Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. There is aand undoubtedly a skewed perspective against Benazir Bhutto her aunt and for her father Murtazabut it worth reading to learn more bkok the inherent controversy about and within the Bhutto family. The book chronicles the tragic life of a family of rich feudal landlords — the Bhutto family of Pakistan. Open Preview See a Problem? The writing is the highlight, and that’s what kept me hooked to it till the end. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

With all of the current news coming out of Pakistan, it only makes one glad to be American. AmazonGlobal Fatimz Orders Internationally. This is the story of the most illustrious political family of Pakistan. Fatima was not witness to any of the central political events described in the book, so most of the detailed narrative is recounted secondhand, recovered from Murtaza’s friends and colleagues. I tried to keep in mind that she was personally involved in the story anc that she may not be objective on the matter, but nonetheless, I couldn’t help being fascinated by her father’s and grandfhater’s for that matter vision of politics and the world in general.

Hope, injustice, drama and grief are all ably captured and conveyed in what is a highly readable introduction to the grim realities of domestic politics in Pakistan. Amazon Restaurants Food bpood from local restaurants. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


For an international reader who does not fatiam a background in Pakistani politics, Fatima Bhutto presents a perfect case for the Bhutto family. But for those who like their history presented in personal terms, it will not disappoint.

But compare Fatima’s uncritical canonisation of her aftima with a dialogue attributed to him by Shyam Bhatia of Outlook magazine in an article titled ‘A Strange Encounter with Murtaza Bhutto’.

English Choose a language for shopping. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Then, after Zia’s own death inthe second was to protect his father’s political legacy from his sister, Benazir.

The Bhutto family is intensely controversial. Showing of 28 reviews. Kashmiris, those Muslims who identified with Pakistan and not India, crossed the ceasefire line into the Indian-ruled area of Kashmir and began to engage in acts of sabotage Get fast, sogs shipping with Amazon Prime.

Views Read Edit View history. An Autobiography Benazir Bhutto 4. The book traces the history of Pakistan from the rise of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to the fall of Murtaza, and eventually, Benazir herself. Her descriptions of the significant tragedies of her life are heart wrenching and give the reader a pause. In Septemberfourteen-year-old Fatima Bhutto shielded her baby brother while shots rang out outside the family home in Karachi.

Overall, you can read the book if you want to get an insider view of an angry, potentially sensitive and impressionistic young woman who bares all the scars of her past- and don’t mind that it’s impartial and doesn’t contain anything new about Pakistan history or politics.

The book served as a view into Pakistan for me.

Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir

Secondly because of the distortion and personal level of writing, you don’t learn anything particularly truthful. In the book, the author blamed her aunt and her husband Asif Ali Zardari for the murder of her father, who was the biggest threat for her government.

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Pakistani books English literature non-fiction books. A work such as this boasts of booo info, and that’s undoubtedly one of the high points. View all 5 comments. Mar 24, Abeer Minhas rated it it was ok. Mir Murtaza Bhutto left Pakistan in after the Zia regime took power, and he did not return until With that in mind, I probably should have chosen a more impartial source than one of the Bhutto’s Jan 29, Siddharth Sharma rated bhuttp it was amazing. Her descriptions of the hhutto tragedies of her life are heart wrenching and give the reader a pause.


She lives in Karachi. She calls to account the ‘martyr’ image of Benazir Bhutto, and the way she kowtowed to the military junta to come to power in I usually finish every book I start, but in this case, I gave up.

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The book itself is one of those rare and priceless page-turners, capturing your interest from the very first page until the very last. Barring bhktto first 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.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. And she does this with enormous thought and sensitivity. Jan 04, Des Walsh rated it liked it. I just finished this book, which is available cheaply second-hand on amazon. It would be interesting to go and read her aunt’s, Benazir, autobiography to evaluate the other side of the story.

Murtaza Bhutto, Fatima’s father has been portrayed as a virtuous man, the fahima son, brother, bhitto, lover etc etc. May 22, Maha rated it really liked it Shelves: Please try again later.