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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I have never been more sure, I am going to keep coming back to it, again and again.

Women of Pakistan – Kamila Shamsie – Kartography

She doesn’t explain katography for readers unfamiliar with Pakistan’s history, language, and culture, trusting that they’re intelligent enough to figure things out from context or look up what they don’t know! Something of a cross between Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie, she deserves a larger readership in the U.

His publications include Where Worlds Collide: The keyword that I’d like to associate with this book is the consistency. Fiction set in Pakistan is always something that I look forward to reading particularly after Moth Smoke and it helps that the author is a native of Pakistan and knows the geography well. Its the kind of book that hooks you immediately and makes it hard for you to stop until you’ve reached the last page but at the same time leaves you wondering whether you loved it or you hated it or you loved it as much as you hated it The narrator is an annoying character -Sonia is covering her head?

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The civil war, whose basis was geography and ethnicity, was by all accounts a horrible, murderous time, as such times tend to be; but for Karim, whose mother is Bengali, it is charged with a particularly personal significance.


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. Return to Book Page. I loved the story, even better loved all the book characters: Sonia is in fact a bit dim, but Zia, who is painted as something of a Woosterish drone, is smart enough to say, at 13, that the point of smoking is to draw attention to the lips, which is exactly right.

Write properly, that is, and not in the brain-dead argot of the con-temporary a few honourable exceptions British novel.

Unfortunately, the denouement of this narrative is seriously underwhelming. On the one hand, it’s a story about love and friendships and growing up. 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. Never is her writing more incandescent than when she is describing Karachi. Most importantly, it so vividly describes why Karachi is such a complicated place.

After not fully enjoying the last two books I read after reading her, I have learned my lesson: 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.

New Perspectives for Cultural Analysis Series. He also notes how odd the phrase “stray bullet” is: How we didn’t know about the family secrets, the secre I Love this book with all its faults.


Once upon a time in Karachi I accept this book with all its good and bad things. At times it reminded me why I kind of preferred Lahore, and it captured so well many feelings I had about Karachi when I worked there. I Love this book with all its faults. Can angels lie spine kamia spine?

Refresh and try again. The novel which starts out at slow pace soon becomes difficult to put kartograpphy. 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 thought that we all will one day drift apart.


Think of it as a civic duty. Though Shamsie depicts some pecularities of Pakistani society very accurately her main theme is not capturing. This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

Do we simply stay away from them? Sonia and Zia are amazing people and more reliable characters than Raheen or Karim. You will notice very quickly that you’re reading a book by someone who can write.

Yesterday as I finished the book in one sitting, I remembered why I’d loved it as much as I did. As someone said to Raheen: This is my first novel by Kamila Shamsie and eventually I would like to read something else by her.

An enthralling novel, a history lesson, a meditation on how the past never goes away. No trivia or quizzes yet. How we didn’t know about the family secrets, the secrets that were too big that they can alter the course of rest of our lives.

Summer Bingo-One word title This is a beautifully told story about love, relationships, and coming of age in war torn Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, is a place under constant siege: If many nations include an act of foundational violence in their myth of creation, even afterwards, on a day-to-day basis, the line between ordinary politics and outright civil war seems very thin indeed see Fradinger Who can blame us?