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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But sometimes I wonder if I had a chance at a better life someplace else like Karim did; would I be courageous enough to return?

Who can blame us? The story of the people in the book was also nice, but it was nowhere near as outstanding as the picture of the city it painted.

The maps are analogous to the complexity of characters. I’m curious to know what others thought of the ending, but without writing a spoiler review I don’t understand it AT ALL. She doesn’t explain everything for readers unfamiliar with Pakistan’s history, language, and culture, trusting that they’re intelligent enough to kartogrsphy things out from context or look up what they don’t know!

I don’t know why I have never read Kamila Shamsie before, but I definitely want to read more of kartohraphy work after reading this. Paperbackpages. Shamsie also evokes the constant struggle of expats between kartoggaphy staid comforts of the West and the love, loyalty and guilt that draws them back to their troubled homelands.

They have been inseparable friends since earliest infancy; they finish each other’s sentences and share a talent for anagrams.



Literary Visions of Political Origins. She now lives primarily in London. Her books have been translated into a number of languages. It beats in their hearts – violent, polluted, corrupt, vibrant, brave and ultimately, home. Tragedy strikes, we cry, we scream, we mourn, and then we just get on with our lives. I cannot say enough good things or good-enough things about her writing.

The strong bond of friendship between these two groups of friends and a huge transformation due to changing circumstances, both in the past and present, the nature and intensity of their love, their changing nature and personalities, all with such precision just melts into a complete beauty.


Overall, I am confused! Kamila Shamsie was born in in Karachi, where she grew up. Confronted by the crazed and armed Shafiq, who karttography how he can marry a Bengali, Zafar seems to cave in to the menace, and replies: Raheen struggles to untangle her parents’ past which is colliding with her own world. And whether or not it was “stray” becomes an important plot point. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

Women of Pakistan – Kamila Shamsie – Kartography

More By and About This Author. Buy from other retailers. Excuse us, you want to say, but we, and our descendants, will be the judges of that. A recommended read for anyone who has spent life in Karachi. Come home and tell me, what kartograpjy I do with this breaking heart of mine?

Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, Nervous about the safety of their children as the ethnic violence escalates, the parents are planning to send them away for the holidays. Dec 22, Mairi rated it it was amazing Shelves: And if you’re not sniffling by, or in fact on, pageyou’re reading the wrong book.


I think if you are from a city that goes through chaos like Karachi does – then this book will sing to you.

Mar 12, Sim rated it it was amazing. Fiction set in Pakistan is always something that I look forward to reading particularly after Moth Smoke and it helps that kamilaa author is a native of Pakistan and knows the geography well. A love story with a family mystery at its heart, Kartography is a dazzling novel by a young writer of astonishing maturity and exhilarating style.

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Memos from the Besieged City: What she uncovers reveals not just a family’s but a country’s turbulent history-and a grown-up Raheen and Karim are caught between strained friendship and fated love. Dec 13, Wsm rated it it was ok Shelves: The strength of the novel lies in its characters. Jan 17, Abdullah Khalid rated it liked it.

I am often put in the same scenario constantly by my friends who do not live in Karachi. Set in the Eighties and Nineties in one of Pakistan’s largest cities, it is a tale of friendship, love, betrayal and anguish. Summer Bingo-One word title This is a beautifully told story about love, relationships, and coming of age in war torn Pakistan In any case, I really liked the book, hated the ending. Karachi is portrayed as a complex city, lively and dangerous. The writing style is gorgeous.