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The last 20 odd pages almost brought tears to my eyes. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. We will never know what Pakistan would be now if he had been alive. The Shadow of the Crescent Moon ” Democracy ” So more power to her! She glosses over her grandfathers failures whilst waxing lyrical over his achievements; Benazir is rightly villified, but credit where credit is due – when Zia was at the height of his powers, she stayed in Pakistan – unlike both of her brothers.

Murtaza fled Pakistan in after the Zia regime took power, and did not return until Want to Read saving…. 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.

Retrieved from ” https: Ships from and sold by gyhp. Fatima nad a talented writer and possesses an undeniable strength to move her readers and make them cringe and squirm uncomfortably in their seats. Also helps one understand why Pakistan is in the pits today – because there is so much corruption that the whole country stands at the mercy of a government that only concerns itself with making a buck out of every transaction, and is creating policies and rules to save itself from any and every attempt of being blamed, crippling the country and bringing it to its knees.


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Pages to import images to Wikidata. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The sheer contrast between the two neighboring countries in the subsequent 60 odd years after independence isn’t a testimony to the spirit of its peoples as often perceived by those ill-informed, but is one to the intricate relationship between systems of governance and those who blodo to being powerful and succeed in being so.

Fatima adored her aunt as a child, but slowly a distance opened up between them as ambition lured Benazir into Pakistan’s military governmental machine.

Bhutto for penning down the story of her family—feudal, revolutionary, troubled, separated, killed in cold blood—beautifully.

: Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir (): Fatima Bhutto: Books

In other words, she is biased, but to be fair is not pretending otherwise. The problem is mainly mine. Trivia About Songs of Blood an She seems to have a very hook relationship with her step-mother, too, but we haven’t been given any reason to understand what binds them and why I say nonsensical because all facts and history are thoroughly distorted by her swkrd for her family and murdered father, where he and she are clearly the good guys and the rest are demonspawn.

By page 70 I’m still disengaged partly, I think, because she hasn’t helped me understand why her biological mother is in the US and why her relationship with her father is so very tight.

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I was both moved and inspired by her narrative. One thing reading the book and then doing some independent checking has done is to disabuse me of my idea that Benazir Bhutto was or sort of secular saint or a martyr to democracy. The short version – I loved it! All this, amid blood and swords.


Into this unpleasant stew she then adds the cynical and greedy Zardari. Fatima draws out the contradictions of her life and her family without any effort to reason with them.

This builds into a classic clash of good versus evil, with the author eventually joining up all her father’s and grandfather’s enemies into one secretive coalition — an army-Benazir-feudal-US alliance.

To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. View all 15 comments. She knows she is specially placed, but somewhere, wishes it away.

Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? It’s an amazing account of resilience, ideals and above all, the love between a father and daughter. I agree, there’s another side to every story and I haven’t read any from the enemy camp Benazir Bhutto The short version – I loved it! I want to be empathetic.

Being an Indian, I was excited to open the book. The result is this book is anything but Impartial and objective. Feb 24, Linda rated it liked it. In this book, Fatima Bhutto vouchsafes Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as an architect of constitutional reform and the father of foreign diplomacies for Pakistan. The first was to bhuttoo peace with the Zia regime in by agreeing to participate in elections; this brought her into the military-political establishment, from whose grip she could never then escape.

Fatima tends to follow her aunt Benazir Bhutto in dramatizing and romanticizing but it is definitely worth while reading and helps to understand events in her family.