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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Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, I want to travel the world, but at the end of the day Shamsiee want to come home to Karachi.

This is my first novel by Kamila Shamsie and eventually I would like to read something else by her. I’m sure somebody who isn’t a Karachiite wouldn’t feel the same way I did when I read this, but to me, it was just a reminder of the insane love I hold for Karachi even when I hate it in my most superficial moments.

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. Rather than mapping to define the outsider, Kartography ultimately seems to argue for what Kathleen M. I think it’s time to put our egos aside if we actually care for Pakistan.

With that comment, the damage had been done: Constructed Truths and Competing Realities. Being away at university serves that function, to make her feel more strongly that she needs to go back.


Given that the Read The World challenge has lead me to some pretty obscure and unusual books, it was a nice change of speed to be reading some mainstream literary fiction that was actually written in English.

I krtography not’ve read this in a single sitti Ever eat something that was so good, you had to take breaks, slow down, remember hy stop to breathe because it was just so rich or delicious that you just gy take it too quickly?


Shamsie does a decent job in driving home the irrational and fatal grasp of ethnic struggles, stressing that no one – no matter how upright – is immune from the madness of war. Definitely her father is forcing her -Karim is comforting Sonia?

Do we simply stay away from them?

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

In any case, I really liked the book, hated the ending. What she uncovers reveals not ju Raheen and her best friend, Karim, share an idyllic childhood in upper-class Karachi. I kept waiting for more sinister revelations to come tumbling out, but they never did. You can kwmila laugh at this humor of the elites, their typically unaffected life, and these games of making it to the lists of parties and knowing who is who and what is what.

Im so glad I did. I just didnt see why it was necessary. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Yet her heroes are certainly articulate, to the point of archness. New York and London: Ali’s immunity from ethnic issues is never addressed. Jan 07, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: Both approaches leave out important information, and Karim accuses Raheen of refusing to consider the implications of the big story, both as it concerns their relation to Karachi and to their own families:.

Here Shamsie’s writing is clumsy and rudderless, never quite knowing how to make its way home, hysterically connecting every sub-plot and character to each other for no real reason. 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. I cant believe ive taken so long to read it. Or are we waiting for another event like that. The Best Books of Her writing is lyrical and smooth and rich with character without being overly flowerly and unbearable.

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On one hand, maps can be used to get from point A to point B, bring order to a chaos and increase efficiency. Think of it as a civic duty. I was going to give this a 4, but then had to settle for a 3. Kartography is a novel about membership, about who belongs where and with whom, about loyalties, about relational cause and effect see Catherine Belsey xiiincluding the ongoing, intergenerational consequences of Partition and the war, all within a period wherein firsthand accounts are still easily available: Demanding this, demanding that.


May 31, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 kamial As someone who is from Karachi and who loves living in Karachi – my relationship with my home is quite a complicated thing to explain.

Yeah she is perfect. Aug 10, Myra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps this is because I am from a city but 2 hours away by air, a bitterly estranged sibling, but one that shares Karachi’s turbulent history, frustrating filth, shwmsie chaos but most of all its inexplicable, heart-wrenching magnetism. The main subject of the story is how events that took place before they Raheen and Karim were born and decisions and choices made by their parents affected their lives and their relationship even though were unaware of what exactly happened for a long time.

Yasmin’s forgiving nonchalance is lazily written. The main character, Raheen, is a spoiled and somewhat annoying girl, who has a special connection with her all-life friend Kartograpyy. Kartography is the story of Raheen, and her best friend Karim, who grow up together, and are then separated during their teenage years. Her message is well intended but her insight to the differences in society rich and poor, generational conflicts, historical implications and the East-West culture remain superficial.

I cannot say enough good things or good-enough things about her writing. How the evolution of city was described.