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The writing is the fatlma, and that’s what kept me hooked to swotd till the end. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. But I’m still stupefied how Fatima Bhutto continues to live in the country, amid all those people in power who were responsible for her father’s death.

The literary craftsmanship is extraordinary, carrying the reader perpetually astonished and engrossed though its contents.

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Importantly, the book speaks of an ideological shift of Bhuttos, the land warriors, to avowed Marxists. Nov 19, Ambar rated it did not like it. She clearly does not turn a critical eye towards her father or grandfather, and probably a too-critical eye towards her aunt, but reading this book should be seen as an important alternative view to the many defenders of Benazir Bhutto.

Aug 18, Vamsi Uppala rated it liked it Shelves: You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

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Only time can reveal the next drama in the Bhutto legacy; for now, the author has given anyone interested in the dynamics of political power in Pakistan a lot to think about. If she focused more on the ‘memoir’ part rather than politics I probably would have given this a higher rating. All the Light We Cannot See. Also, I think this girl is sometimes carried away with a sense of her own importance because she gives information nobody really cares about, as if she’s a celebrity of sorts.


I picked it up from the shelf in the bookstore and decided to take a risk and buy it since the comment on the cover said ”If there’s anyone born to write this story, it is Fatima Bhutto”. The book vividly personifies each and every character including Mir Murtaza Bhutto-the deserving heir to the Bhutto clan to Benazir,who virtually drew her political party and the country into a political dictatorship.

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The first was to avenge the death of his father, ex-president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, at the hands of the man who ousted him, General Zia-ul-Haq. I did think Midway through the book that the I found it to be extremely moving, it changed my perception of so many people.

Aug 13, Salman Tariq rated it really liked it. With a grandfather deposed by and effectively executed via the Supreme Court by a man he had promoted, General Zia ul Haq, an activist and politician father – Fatimx Bhutto – mortally wounded by police in a staged “shootout” outside his home, and with her aunt Benazir Bhutto assasinated, this is a particularly bloody story, as reflected in the title.

Songs of Blood and Sword by Fatima Bhutto

She takes us through the family’s rise and fall to power in Pakistan sharing her own father’s struggle as he was in exile for 16 years, his comeback and his death. Fatima’s descriptions of her aunt become increasingly damning. The Light Between Oceans. In trying to setup ZA Bhutto as the ideal revolutionary, she fails to mention his role in the elections debacle, the fact that he refused to accept East Pakistani ‘domination’ over West Pakistan despite the Awami League winning an absolute majority in both the houses, going to the extent of threatening to break the legs of any politician sympathetic of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman’s cause.


Explore the Home Gift Guide. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. 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. All I fatimw about Pakistan’s politics was this behemoth personality called Benazir Bhutto and after her assassination, her husband Zardari and nothing else.

Anyone who is of the opinion that Pakistan is a failed country would soon realize that it is one of those countries that fatkma the uncanny ability to rise against all odds through intermittent displays of exuberance, much alike their lovable Cricket team. In clear and unpretentious prose it gives a vivid impression of the brutal and corrupt world of Pakistani power politics, which has resulted in the violent deaths of four members of the Bhutto dynasty in the past 31 years.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Her father, who happily hobnobbed with terrorists and wholeheartedly participated in bhugto violence is immortalised as bloox martyr and man of the people. If you’re looking for some good non-fiction with a political bent, I highly recommend this book.

The long version – nah, not very long. 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.