The Crooked Line: Terhi Lakir
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more