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 didn’t learn anything new from her.

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

Mar 14, Viv JM rated it it was amazing Shelves: On the one hand, it’s a story about love and friendships and growing up. 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.

Raheen, Karim, Sonia and Zia I was all ready to give this book 4 stars until the final 2 pages. I liked their strengths and their flaws. Here words are used as vehicles conveying both emotions and intelligence, while at the same time – because the whole novel hinges on a secret that is hidden from the narrator – Shamsie knows that words aren’t exactly everything, either.

As someone who is from Karachi and who loves living in Karachi – my relationship with my home is quite a complicated thing to explain. The flashbacks to the parents’ college days are revealing of another time and mind set.

Something of a cross between Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie, she deserves a larger readership in the U. It’s in a completely different writing style than the rest of the book i.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Come home and tell me, what do I do with this breaking heart of mine?

The Place of Politics. Keith, Michael and Steve Pile. That said, one of my biggest gripes with the book from the very beginning was Shamsie’s dialogue: Im so glad I did. You forget, several years later, how much you relished the first pages, how tightly the prose gripped you, how quickly you devoured it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Thus, while death toll in the city rises daily, the biggest worries of the young teenagers seem to be not being able to go to the beach or drive to the airport coffee shop when they want — the oldest of the group, Zia, has recently acquired a fake driver’s license.


But their connectedness reaches back before mamila There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Kartography: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

In reality, it is always in the back of their minds even as they make kamjla to trivialize it. Regarding the Pain of Others. That is why this book touched those chords of my heart which I thought no book ever will.

Probably good if you want something easy for your next long flight. Though I believe Zia gave up on Sonia too easily to be in love with her. Once upon a time in Karachi The catalyst appears to be an informal lesson given at the dinner table by Uncle Asif.

With their own sense of incompleteness and indecisiveness, the characters find a great place in this story which traverses along geography and timelines while continuing to get back to the happenings of It has this uncanny ability to capture the little details – like the ability to be able to find beauty in unexpected places, how everyone comes together and “contacts” are called in times of need, how a car thief can actually help you fix your car, the nicknames for “gossipy society women”, the parties, the late night drives, tea, the melodramatic lifelong relationships with our friends.

Against this suspenseful backdrop, Kartography is ostensibly a tale of children growing up in s Karachi, a period when the city was once again beset by ethnic strife. I think it strengthens her sense of being tied to the place. One thing is for sure, kamil 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. 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?


Jan 07, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: Raheen’s father was once engaged to Karim’s mother, and her mother was once engaged to his father, yet the families strangely maintained close ties. New Perspectives for Cultural Analysis Series. This violence—and the lingering legacy of the civil war of —is the backdrop for the story of Raheen and Karim, a girl and boy bt together in the s and kartkgraphy, whose lives are kartorgaphy when a family secret is revealed.

I loved this book. Think of it as a civic duty. A very quick read. Who can blame us? Try hard not to hit him and end up hitting him.

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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? Kartography is the first book ive ever read that encapsulates so very perfectly my life and relationship with my city and the people around me. Karim has a fascination with map-making, yet finds himself saying,”You want to hear the heartbeat of a place?

Please go out and fall in love with Kartography What an amazing story of Karachi,amazingly written. People assume they will eventually marry. May 14, Zonaira rated it it was amazing Shelves: