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Show 25 25 50 All. The short version – I loved it! Murtaza, for her daughter was an amazing father and an honest politician when he later joined politicswho wanted to change the condition of his people back home. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: 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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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Fatima Bhutto tells and incredible story about the legacy and loss of her family. Fatima points out that her father was shot while Benazir was prime minister, and that the policemen accused of killing him were acquitted when Zardari was president in The author mainly describes the murder of her father, Murtaza Bhutto in a police encounter outside their home in Karachi when her aunt Benazir Bhutto was sitting Prime Minister.

All this, amid blood and swords. But in loving her father, Fatima overlooks facts—which is completely understandable given such a devotion for a person who you have looked up to all your life. The book chronicles the tragic life of a family of rich feudal landlords — the Bhutto family of Pakistan.

A work fattima as this boasts of insider’s info, and that’s undoubtedly one of the high points. It makes me profoundly sad to explore through books, a country tightly clutched by the mullahs, mutilated by its own military, looted by its own government, violated by US drones, plagued by terrorism and always on the verge of a civil war due to antagonizing religious schisms. Songs of Blood and Sword: This book, written by the granddaughter of the former Prime Minister, provides a fascinating and heartbreaking look at the history of her family and the country of Pakistan.


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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She glosses over the elder Bhutto’s career refusing to dig deeper into what went wrong.

The only thing I disliked about the book was the way she didn’t write the book in a chronological order. The catalyst for the war Aug 18, Vamsi Uppala rated it liked it Shelves: Thomas Lippman published a mixed review in Washington Post by noting that “It is at least 50 pages too long, larded with self-indulgent emotional outbursts and personality sketches of minor characters, and her reflexive anti-Americanism is tiresome.

Views Read Edit View history. I want to be empathetic. The book focuses a lot on the author’s father and her relationship with him. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Makes me realize how lucky India was as a country to have a long lasting respected leaders, and fatimx overarching Nehru above all who the nation listened to.

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I was both moved and inspired by her narrative. This prolonged absence gave Benazir a free hand in Pakistan, allowing her a clear run at fatina leadership of Zulfikar Ali’s political creation, the Pakistan People’s party. I tried to keep in mind that she was personally involved in the story and 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.

It’s heavily biased against Benazir and her husband Zardari and Fatia guess it’s expected. Don’t have a Kindle? Secondly because of the distortion and personal level of writing, you don’t learn anything particularly truthful.

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View all 15 comments. Her widower, Asif Zardari, President till last year, seems to be, in the American phrase “a piece of work”. Her descriptions of the significant tragedies of her life are heart wrenching and give the reader a pause. A House in the Sky.


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Being an Indian and from Mumbai, I had taken it personally to better understand this country – that at one time – was one with India and in its people, culture and customs – still shares my country’s fiber byutto is yet for the last 6 decades an enemy that we are unable fatina reconcile with. But compare Fatima’s uncritical canonisation of her father with a dialogue attributed to him by Shyam Bhatia of Outlook magazine in an article titled ‘A Strange Encounter with Murtaza Bhutto’.

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If you have read Benazir’s fatiam, this book will give you sonvs for thought, and encourage you to read bgutto to find the truth about Pakistan and the Bhutto family. She does offer an interesting alternative viewpoint about the Bhutto sibling rivalry, in fact not even rivalry but the quest of the eldest Benazir to take what she felt was rightfully hers reins of PPP and Pakistan itself. Fatima has authored the book well and she given a proud illusatration of Bhutto family, its royalty and past.

Despite all the flaws, I appreciate Fatima’s effort and work, and I especially love that she transforms her resentments, pain, grief and rage into something meaningful and uses it for a creative purpose.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. It made me realize how unfair the world is.

The Signature of All Things. 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.