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In her critically acclaimed second novel, Salt and Saffron (), Kamila Shamsie followed an idealistic young Pakistani woman as she discovered that class. Impassioned and touching, KARTOGRAPHY is a love song to Karachi. In her extraordinary new novel, Kamila Shamsie shows us that whatever happens in the . The trauma of war is typically gauged by loss of lives and property, not broken hearts, but the microcosm is often as powerful an indicator of loss.

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Will the parents live up to the expectations of their children? She raises the bar so very high. Every character speaks with arch self-consciousness, meaning Shamsie clearly could not separate her own voice from that of her characters.

Return to Book Page. Between sheets of water, indistinct figures dance together. The strength of the novel lies in its characters. Stuart Hall and Paul du Gay. The trauma of war is typically gauged by loss of lives and property, not broken hearts, but the microcosm is often as powerful an kartograpy of loss as shamsiw macrocosm—or so Shamsie seems to say in her latest novel, a shimmering, quick-witted lament and love story.

But what I do know that the attitude is very accurate. Karachi never gets any good press, its dirty, unattractive, chaotic – at the same time to me its – charming, energetic, vibrant, challenging, comfortable and thick-skinned.

The cost of remembering may break our wilted spirits. Unexplored Territory Moving On.


Kartography: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Maybe one precocious 13 year old could make jokes about kinky communist parties, but 4 precocious 13 year olds infusing their comments with casual socio-political references and scathing wit was a bit excessive. The main kartogrpahy, Raheen, is a spoiled and somewhat annoying girl, who has a special connection with her all-life friend Karim. No trivia or quizzes yet. Im so glad I did.


A ghost is said to haunt a tree where Raheen’s father—once engaged to Karim’s mother—carved their initials long ago. I was all ready to give this book 4 stars until the final 2 pages.

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Her characters are always multidimensional, and she’s not afraid to make her narrator a bit unsympathetic at times or just good at making mistakes that make you frustrated, even while you keep kartobraphy because you want to find out that she fixes them eventually. Regarding the Pain of Others. It was really important for me to read on a personal l I read this book 5 years too late, perhaps, 5 years after leaving Karachi.



By kamika our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Karachi kartogarphy just as important to the story as the two main characters, Raheen and Karim. Books of the Week.

Living in the better part of town, the four friends are somewhat shielded from the violence. Shamsie transports us to a world we have not often seen in fiction-vibrant, dangerous, sensuous Pakistan. They are treated with compassion, without excusing their ‘mis’actions. The keyword that I’d like to associate with this book is the consistency.


This is my first novel by Kamila Shamsie and eventually I would like to read something else by her.

Well, not to the extent to what the main characters in these novel went through but closer to that. Their winter holidays have just started and their plans of spending their days roaming the city with two other close friends, Zia and Sonia, are being spoiled by their parents.

Published June 7th by Mariner Books first published October 1st An enthralling novel, a history lesson, a meditation on how the past never goes away. Spatial Concepts of Human Subjectivity. It is a brilliantly executed, complicated love story, with not merely a triangle, but kartoography square–rather two squares, spanning two generations, and yet it is much more-a story kamilaa friendship, loyalty, racism both on a conscious and subconscious levelthe violence that has rocked Karachi, and the resilience of it’s people.

With the parallel story of Yasmin, Zafar, Maheen and Ali who are the parents of Raheen and Karim, the author touches on another dark period from Pakistan’s history. For years Shamsie spent equal amounts of time in London and Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New Kartovraphy State. These are Raheen and Karim, whom we first meet in a Karachi garden inwhen they are Sillages critiques En bref: