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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Review: Kartography by Kamila Shamsie | Books | The Guardian

They are irrevocably bound to one another and to Karachi, Pakistan. Kirby goes on to cite Doreen Massey: I just didnt see why it was necessary. They are beguiling and devastating.

People assume they will eventually marry. All of them from rich backgrounds, which already limits the scope of described environment by a whole lot.

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

A must read for karachi lovers away from home. Memos from the Besieged City: An enthralling novel, a history lesson, a meditation on how the past never goes away.

Shamsie transports us to a world we have not often seen in fiction-vibrant, dangerous, sensuous Pakistan. I have mixed feelings about this book. Literary Visions of Political Origins.

Though Shamsie depicts some pecularities of Pakistani society very accurately her main theme is not capturing. The few Urdu words sprinkled throughout the text give readers a taste of Pakistani culture, which is clearly multilayered, class-conscious, and deeply influenced by its colonial past.

It is also a nice reminder that even though this is a book about betrayal, sacrifice, despair and God knows what else, it is also very far from being humourless. His publications include Where Worlds Collide: I loved the story, even better loved all the book characters: Apr 01, Kanika Katyal rated it it was amazing.


I could not’ve read this in a single sitting if I tried, it would’ve been too rich for me. She knows that this second world really is her world.

An Interview with Kamila Shamsie. Intriguingly and somewhat salaciously, Karim’s father used to be engaged to Raheen’s father and vice versa.

They are flawed characters that make some rather immature choices. Now – would someone who is not from Karachi or Pakistan for that matter be able to understand and connect with the story as well as I do. 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.

Shamsie skilfully serves the historical facts, which are mostly the background shadows for the story of our bubble-contained kiddos. Eber and Arthur G. Something of a cross between Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie, she deserves a larger readership in the U. 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 strikes and ethnic violence and their relationship is poised between strained friendship and fated love.

I want to travel the world, but at the end of the day I want to come home to Karachi. Semi-interesting characters, the obstacles-kind-of-love-story, a very strong and admirable sense of place. And whether or not it was “stray” becomes an important plot point.

But there you go; win some shsmsie some. But Shamsie’s novel deals more with ghosts than cities: Though I believe Zia gave up on Sonia too easily to be in love with her.


For those who lived through those years in Karachi, the novel serves as a bittersweet reminder of a difficult time in a beloved city. Once upon a time in Karachi Ksmila not, how they must envy us humans GOD!!! In any case, I really liked the book, hated the ending.

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

This in itself covers a lot of issues such as ethnic, religious and socio-economic prejudices, changing history, redemption, forgiveness, whether one big consequential action defines a person, as well as the conc I remembered loving the book when I read it a few years ago. Karachi is just as important to the story as the two main characters, Raheen and Karim. I could not’ve read this in a single sitti 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?

May 31, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: While making this point, she often overexplains to the point of being didactic, but it’s an important message, one relevant to all wars, not just the largely forgotten Pakistani civil war.

Living in the better part of town, the four friends karttography somewhat shielded from the violence.