In her critically acclaimed second novel, Salt and Saffron (), Kamila Shamsie followed an idealistic young Pakistani woman as she discovered that class. 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. Impassioned and touching, KARTOGRAPHY is a love song to Karachi. In her extraordinary new novel, Kamila Shamsie shows us that whatever happens in the .

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But what I do know that kamioa attitude is very accurate. I am grateful for that bit of history because I didn’t know anything about it before. But at the heart of the kartoraphy is the knowledge that those hands may wander off elsewhere, but somehow through luck or destiny or plain blind groping they’ll find a way back to you, and maybe you’ll be smart enough then to be grateful for everything that’s still possible, in spit of your own weaknesses- and his.

If not, how they must envy us humans The book has already addressed the unpredictability of Karachi throughout the novel – the ending doesnt seem like a value addition. May 14, Susanne Escher rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I think it’s time to put our egos aside if we actually care for Pakistan.

So odd, and SO frustrating. It taught me about the Bangladeshi independence war, which has touched the lives of people I know.

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

Never is her writing more incandescent than when she is describing Karachi. Yeah she is perfect. Or are we waiting for another event like that.

Kartography Kamila Shamsie Bloomsbury, After not fully enjoying the last two books I read after reading her, I have learned my lesson: Do we simply stay away from them? For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. These are Raheen and Karim, whom we first meet in a Karachi garden inwhen they are It’s when their parents send the two to an uncle’s farm in the country, so that they can escape the growing tension that always seems to simmer in Karachi, that Karim decides to become kartgraphy cartographer.


While Reminiscing My childhood days spent with my cousins at my grandparents home, It dawns upon me that how innocent we were to never understand the family politics and how our minds were too preoccupied with broken knees and teasing each other that we never shamsle that we all will one day drift apart. kamilw

As the years pass, some unpleasant truths are revealed and the four friends are forced to face bigger issues in each of their lives. Shamsie has such shamsue way with words. Also, I read a lot of foreign literature – particularly from the West because I often do not connect to local literature for whatever odd reason – ive read a lot of books about spices cliche – frankly that is definitely not who I am.

For reasons that Raheen – and the reader – never fully understand, Karim is never the same again. You will notice very quickly that you’re reading a book by someone who can write. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. Otherwise it may be difficult to connect to.

I should be the last person to be saying this, but there is often something off-putting about enthusiastic recommendations. Shamsie clearly has a lot of talent. Karachiites are a bunch of very resilient people. shamsi

Set in a timeline which makes the center of the premise figuratively and chronologically, Kartography is a tale of people affected by the partition of East and West Pakistan. The strong bond of friendship between these two groups of friends and a huge I am done, done and done with this novel and vy just stop being thankful to the friend who suggested it to me.



Confronted by the crazed and armed Shafiq, who demands how he can marry a Bengali, Zafar seems to cave in to the menace, and replies: Preview — Kartography by Kamila Shamsie. Karachi is ,artography as a complex city, lively and dangerous. Trying to enjoy life like normal teenagers, they sometime seem almost oblivious to the violence.

Do you know how hard your heart beats when you’re lost? What an amazing story of Karachi,amazingly written.

Review: Kartography by Kamila Shamsie | Books | The Guardian

And then, inas Raheen’s father evasively puts it, “the music changed” and they swapped partners. 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.

And she has a way with words… I can see you, out there, reading between the lines. I accept this book ka,ila all its good and bad things.

Probably good if you want something easy for your next long flight. For those who lived through those years in Karachi, the novel serves as a bittersweet reminder of a difficult time in lamila beloved city. Open Preview See a Problem? Frightened and frustrated by the violence, Karim’s father decides to move the family to England, a decision that both separates the best friends and destroys Karim’s parents’ marriage.