The Crooked Line: Terhi Lakir by Tahira Naqvi, Ismat Chughtai

The Crooked Line: Terhi Lakir

Tahira Naqvi, Ismat Chughtai

335 pages first pub 1944 (editions)

fiction lgbtqia+ emotional reflective slow-paced


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 a...

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reflective 100%
emotional 66%
adventurous 33%
challenging 33%


slow 66%
medium 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 66% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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