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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It beats in their hearts – violent, polluted, corrupt, vibrant, brave and ultimately, home. But she didn’t do it four months ago?! Regarding the Pain of Others. Aug 03, Gayathri rated it really liked it.

Ever eat something that was so good, you had to take breaks, slow down, remember to stop to breathe because it was just so rich or delicious that you just couldn’t take it too quickly? The Politics of Regret: Being away at university serves that function, to make her feel more strongly that she needs to go back. Shamsie never adequately explains any of the characters’ motivations or reactions. Yasmin’s forgiving nonchalance is lazily written. Shamsie is the daughter of literary critic and writer Muneeza Shamsiekartograpyy niece of celebrated Indian novelist Attia Hosainand the granddaughter of the memoirist Begum Jahanara Habibullah.

Still, Kartography isn’t as bad as I am making it out to be. Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence.

Do you know what it is to wander out of the comfort of your own streets and your own stories? Both approaches leave out important information, and Karim accuses Raheen of refusing to consider kartogdaphy implications of the big story, both as it concerns their relation to Karachi and to their own families:.


Memos from the Besieged City: Raheen harps on about being ashamed of the last letter she wrote to Karim, but I re-read it several times trying to figure out what was so offensive. In reality, kajila is always in the back of their minds even as they make jokes to trivialize it.

As the years go by they let a barrier of silence build between them until, finally, they are brought together during a dry summer of kartograpyy and ethnic violence and their relationship is poised between strained friendship and fated love.


The Place of Politics. While it does come out of nowhere and doesnt bother me. More Shamsif and About This Author. Probably good if you want something easy for your next long flight.

Dec 13, Wsm rated it it was ok Shelves: Zafar’s hysteria is flat. Pretty good writing, it just doesn’t necessarily go as deep into certain topics as it could This is my first novel by Kamila Shamsie and eventually I would like to read something else by her.

Excuse us, you want to say, but we, and our descendants, will be the judges of that. Though I believe Zia gave up on Sonia too easily to be in love with her.

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

It felt too real and close that it made me to evaluate that where our life went wrong and why the people who were so close to us at one point in life, turned their backs towards us. Well I never really zhamsie them. Discover what to read next. Dec 22, Mairi rated it it was amazing Shelves: The biggest surprise is that each and everyone of us has as diverse a group of friends as shown in the book; a mix of Punjabi, Sindhi, Muhajir, Bengali etc.

Michael Keith and Steve Pile. 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. Write properly, that is, and not in the brain-dead argot of the con-temporary a few honourable exceptions British novel. As children, Raheen and Karim could read each other’s thoughts and complete each kartobraphy sentences.


Raheen struggles to untangle her parents’ past which is colliding with her own world. Her metaphors where thoughtful.

Kartography is the first book ive ever kratography that encapsulates so very perfectly my life and relationship with my city and the people around me. Come home, untangler of my thoughts. Buy from other retailers.

Women of Pakistan – Kamila Shamsie – Kartography

If not, how they must envy us humans Especially since I might not even have a reason to return like Karim did But what I do know that the attitude is very accurate. Mar 06, Nigham rated it really liked it Shelves: All in all – this is a gorgeous novel. Although these children were unborn at the time, geopolitical events from Partition to civil war, and the resulting question of membership, invades their personal lives, an unwanted yet unavoidable inheritance of the politics of location.

Want to Read saving…. And then, inas Raheen’s father evasively puts it, “the music changed” and they swapped partners. Please go out and fall in love with Kartography You will notice very quickly that you’re reading a book by someone who can write.

Try hard not to hit him and end up hitting him.

This is a must -read for anyone who wishes to read an excellent piece of contemporary literature, but it is a musn’t-miss-at-any-cost for anyone even remotely connected to the city of Karachi. The description about the high society; I don’t really know if that is accurate. If nothing else, her pained but beautiful description of Karachi compels me to search out more of her work.