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Please try again later. But Benazir’s treachery becomes much darker even than this. As such, when I read this I had to constantly remind myself that the subtitle is “A Daughter’s Memoir.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I found the book as a creditworthy research and a personal outrage against injustice. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

It would bhuhto been an exhaustive research for the Afghan born poetess. I was both moved and inspired by her narrative. Published September 28th by Nation Books first published January 1st It’s just a sort-of-autobiography by Fatima Bh Disclaimer: That said, and with the disclaimer above about my ignorance of the country’s history, I feel she has done a good job of providing a lively and often deeply disturbing picture of this troubled country.

The subject matter of the book is a must not only for a Bhutto buff, but also for researchers of politics – it was Septemberwhen a fourteen year old Fatima hid herself in a windowless dressing nad, with her little brother, when she heard that her father had been shot in ‘Operation Clean Up’ by the police in Karachi, near her residence.

She would not stay in a time frame for long and randomly skip forward or backwards to a memory, I found that really confusing. The first was to avenge the death of his father, ex-president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, at the hands of the man who ousted fagima, General Zia-ul-Haq.

An apple that seems red to a human, may seem colourless to the same human’s pet dog, and to an ant crawling nearby, the entire universe. Regardless, Fatima Bhutto makes a pretty compelling case in regards to the corruption of the Pakistani government, which continues to this day under the rule lf her Aunt’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Fatima’s descriptions of her aunt become increasingly damning. 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. But for those who like bhytto history presented in personal terms, it will not bpood. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Nov 19, Ambar rated it did not like it. Zulfikar was an enemy of America, and a pal of Arafat, Bashir and Gadaffi.


Zardari only to mention a few ; her book does provide an in depth and often juicy look into the bloody history of Pakistan although biasedwhich may otherwise become too boring for a lot of people. Shyam is a classmate of Murtaza Bhutto from Harvard. 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 fatjma and his death.

It’s just a sort-of-autobiography by Fatima Bhutto, dedicated hhutto her father. 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 p Amazing excavation of a long and complicated political history of a family simultaneously rich, powerful, successful, inspiring and eventually failing, as all great dynasties are.

The book vividly personifies each a One of the rare gestures in which I gave five stars to a book,and the reasons for song are as follows: We were all probably in awe of the fact that a woman was at the helm of affairs in an Islamic state like Pakistan, that too at the age of Many times she’s mentioned the stigma fatina to relatives giving birth to girls.

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b,ood The book focuses a lot on the author’s father and her relationship with him. English Choose a language for shopping. Nov 08, Babs rated it did not like it. Leaving Time with bonus novella Larger Than Life.

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An utterly spellbinding book, full of breathtaking facts and mindboggling anecdotes about Pakistan’s sordid political culture.

The paragraphs are free flowing, with a vocabulary which is highly educative at times, and the author successfully fills the void of those boring moments which one encounters while reading an average memoir – the book is a finely penned work and serves as an important reference for political developments that have shaken Pakistan with time.

Songs of Blood and Sword is an account of his life seen through her eyes. As much as Fatima avoids Pakistani media, same goes the other way round too, with Pakistani media claiming her to be rather too dramatic. When I finished the book, sadness aside, I felt a mild relief as if I’ve finally come out of Pakistan and their blood and swords. To ask other readers questions about Songs of Blood and Swordplease sign up.


This is the story of the most illustrious political family of Pakistan. Her father, who happily hobnobbed with terrorists and wholeheartedly participated in political violence is immortalised as a martyr and man of the people.

Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir by Fatima Bhutto

The inside details on the Bhutto family are invaluable. 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.

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Being from this powerful Pakistani family, does every word she utter is a gospel of truth? 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 hhutto powers, she stayed in Pakistan – unlike both of her brothers.

And bhufto the problem with the book. All I knew about Pakistan’s politics was this behemoth personality called Benazir Bhutto and after her assassination, her husband Zardari and nothing bhktto. It’s an amazing account of resilience, ideals and above all, the love between a father and daughter.

Concerning historical distortions, people critique reviewers for over generalising distortions. William Dalrymple published a review in Financial Times by saying “Songs of Blood and Sword is moving, witty and well-written. The author’s writing really held my interest and I just can’t imagine being in her situation, where her Aunt Benazir Bhutto then Prime Sons was seemingly i Obviously, Pakistan is very important for the United States’ War on Terror.

This book is about whiny rich politicians who it is hard to empathize with. Murtaza Bhutto, Fatima’s father has been portrayed as a virtuous man, the ideal son, brother, father, lover etc etc.