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The Crooked Line: Terhi Lakir

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In India’s colonial past, in a time of political and social revolution, Ismat Chughtai masterfully unfolds her magna opus, The Crooked Line: the semi-autobiographical tale of a fiery-spirited, middle-class Muslim girl bent on exploring the shape and nature of consuming desire. Writing with the same honesty and passion as her scandalous short-story, “The Quilt,” Chughtai ex

Paperback, 335 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Dec 04, 2012 Shaheena rated it liked it
I had to write a review for this book to explain my rating.

After reading the afterword I had to upgrade. I have so much interest in Urdu writers and the time of partition and the fact that Ismat Chughtai was considered a feminist of her time.

The first part of the book is like a Pakistani Drama - very slow - but interesting - but lots and lots of details.

2nd part is a bit confusing and the 3rd is just way too fast.

However, the afterward explained more about the book and the talent Ismat had and
Jul 19, 2010 Aastha rated it liked it
This book is great, but the translation is so awful. Everytime Chughtai reached a breakthrough moment of feminist philosophy, the translation just killed it. I know this is a good book, but I want someone to translate it better from Urdu!
Nov 01, 2014 Abhaga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the first one third. And enjoyed the rest in parts.
Anindita Majumdar
its is soooooooooo crooked that you love it....a woman..what she wants, what she gets...
Erin Judge
Apr 11, 2015 Erin Judge rated it liked it
I just finished this one as part of my quest to read all the books I was supposed to read in high school/college but was too busy being self-involved.

The beginning of this book is truly gorgeous and unforgettable. Chughtai captures the longings and mischief of Shaman (the protagonist) as a child, and the confusions and feelings and outbursts she experiences in adolescence, in such a compelling way. I adored the story all the way through the point when Shaman heads for university. After that com
Aug 09, 2011 Gordon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some very poignant moments. You really feel what the heroine's family home was like. Other bits were harder to get into and I was caught off guard by her abrupt transitions... some parts of the dialogue, especially towards the end, looked more like rhetoric than what people would actually say. Still, worth reading, and there was a lesson or two in there for me.
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Sep 13, 2016 Rajveer Prajapati rated it really liked it
Richness of language and style in itself is so unique and spectacular.
An amazing work of Ismat Chughati ...
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Ismat Chughtai (Urdu: عصمت چغتائی) (August 1915 – 24 October 1991) was an eminent Urdu writer, known for her indomitable spirit and a fierce feminist ideology. She was considered the grand dame of Urdu fiction, Along with Rashid Jahan, Wajeda Tabassum and Qurratulain Hyder, Ismat’s work stands for the birth of a revolutionary feminist politics and aesthetics in twentieth century Urdu literature. S ...more
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