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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Nervous about the safety of their children as the ethnic violence escalates, the parents are planning to send them away for the holidays.

I should be the last person to be saying this, but there is often something off-putting about enthusiastic recommendations. For years Shamsie spent equal amounts of time in London and Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New York State.

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

As though all the bullet needed was a good home and a bone to chew on. The catalyst appears to be an informal lesson given at the dinner table by Uncle Asif. Aunt Maheen welcomes Raheen without hesitation; kartogaphy her apartment, Raheen notices a photo which includes her father, and wonders: The few Urdu words sprinkled throughout the text give readers a taste of Pakistani culture, which is clearly multilayered, class-conscious, and deeply influenced by its colonial past.

Oct 25, Fatin rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Aug 09, Mina rated it it was amazing.

Karachi is just as important akmila the story as the two main characters, Raheen and Karim. Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. And she has a way with words… I can see kartograph, out there, reading between the lines. At times it reminded me why Ka,ila kind of preferred Lahore, and it captured so well many feelings I had about Karachi when I worked there.


Shamsie dhamsie adequately explains any of the characters’ motivations or reactions. It was really important for me to read on a personal level, and so well written for just that purpose. There are detailed descriptions of the city of Karachi and its never ending violence,but as that is a very familiar subject for me,that too felt rather tiresome.

I think if you are from a city that goes through chaos like Karachi does – then this book will sing to you. As someone said to Raheen: I just didnt see why it was necessary. The writing style is gorgeous.

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

And then, inas Raheen’s karotgraphy evasively puts it, “the music changed” and they swapped partners. Map and itinerary are not at the opposite poles of experience, as de Certeau has it, but the itinerary retakes the territory the map has supposedly frozen in time and space: Write properly, that is, and not in the brain-dead argot of the con-temporary a few honourable exceptions British novel.

What happens when you work so hard to forget a horror that you also forget that you have forgotten it? One thing is for sure, as a native, Kamila Shamsie is in love with her city and manages to invoke in the reader a longing to experience the vibrant life there. Unfortunately, the denouement of this narrative is seriously underwhelming.

Given that the Read The World challenge has lead me shamsir some pretty obscure and unusual books, it was a nice change of speed to be reading some mainstream literary fiction that was actually written in English. Sonia and Zia are amazing people and more reliable characters than Raheen or Karim. Or would I cowardly abandon the city that has taught me to fly? I kept waiting for more sinister revelations to come tumbling out, but they never did. Kartography is the story of Karim and Raheen, two best friends growing up in an increasingly violent Karachi.

The cost of remembering may break our wilted spirits.

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

Shamsie does a decent job in driving home the irrational and fatal grasp of ethnic struggles, stressing that no one – no matter how upright – is immune from the madness of war. Kamila Shamsie is one of the best novelists I’ve ever read. View all 5 comments.


How the evolution of city was kmaila. The story could have been a short story of less than 50 pages in length. An Interview with Kamila Shamsie.

The keyword that I’d like to associate with this book is the consistency. I Love this book with all its faults. Aug 03, Gayathri rated it really liked it. If not, how they must envy us humans GOD!!! On one hand, ,amila can be used to get from point A to point B, bring order to a chaos and increase efficiency. Regarding the Pain of Others. All you want is to know what happens to a book’s main kartograpny.

Her evocation of Pakistan both in during the attack on what became Bangladesh and twenty-five years later, when Karachi was full of violence and chaos is detail-rich.

Raheen’s father was once engaged to Karim’s mother, and her mother was once engaged to his father, kartohraphy the families strangely maintained close ties.

Shamsie hints that her ethnicity somehow plays a role in the partner exchange, but the reader is denied the details. But there you go; win some lose some. And whether or not it was “stray” becomes an important plot point. And so kartograpjy I slammed Kartography shut, exhausted by the redundance of its last pages, I tried to separate the beginning – that I did race through – from the sorely disappointing end.

She raises the bar so very high. She now lives primarily in London. Do you know what it is to wander out of the comfort of your own streets and your own stories? Culture and the Real.