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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The Crooked Line is the story of Shamman, a force of nature who rebels against attempts to raise her as a traditional Indian woman. Shipped off to boarding school by her family, she grows into a woman caught up in political unrest, and her passion for India's independence becomes entangled with her passion for an Irish journalist. Writing with honesty and passion, Ismat ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published January 1st 2004)
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Vivek Tejuja
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I got to know of Women in Translation month toward the end of July, I knew that Chughtai would have to be one of the authors that I would read. Chughtai is something else. I can never use the past tense for her, because she lives on and on and on through her works no matter how cheesy it might sound to you. I recall the first time I had heard of that name and most people in my college only associated her with “Lihaaf”, her most popular short-story on love between women. But there is a sea ...more
Ankita Chauhan
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 15, 2014 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
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
its is soooooooooo crooked that you love it....a woman..what she wants, what she gets...
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I wish I could read Urdu. The translation felt strained in many places. Four stars for content minus one for how the translation made me want to skip whole paragraphs.
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Saad Abbasi
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its great site
Erin Judge
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
Aug 09, 2011 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.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translations. sighhh
Akbar Ali
i want to read this book
Rajveer Prajapati
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more