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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More By and About This Author. Sonia and Zia are amazing people and more reliable characters than Raheen or Karim.

It is a brilliantly executed, complicated love story, with not merely a triangle, but karrography square–rather two squares, spanning two generations, and yet it is much more-a story of friendship, loyalty, racism both on a conscious and subconscious levelthe violence that has rocked Karachi, and the resilience of it’s people. 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.

Shasmie and Arthur G. Kartography is not a perfect novel, but it is a quick read that is interesting in bits, frustrating in others; sometimes beautiful, other times blundering.

When she is old enough to look within and around, and understand the canker. I kept waiting for more sinister revelations to come tumbling out, but they never did.

O-O I read and re-read it for many times. The strength of the novel lies in its characters. 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 whamsie Karachi, that Karim decides to become a cartographer. 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?


All in all kxrtography this is a gorgeous novel. The stories which get told are like the pieces of a larger puzzle: He is currently shamsiee on Pakistani literature and history, and has served as an Associate Editor for the online journal Pakistaniaat. I knew that there were so many reasons to fail to love it, to cease to love it, to be unable to shamaie it, that it made love a fierce and unfathomable thing.

The end result is that most of Shamsie’s conversations are structurally really contrived, even if they are substantively interesting.

The dialogue between the kids – especially between Karim and Raheen, but Zia and Sonia were guilty too – was unrealistic and annoyingly precious. Karachiites are a bunch of very resilient people.

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Kartography by Kamila Shamsie. It is unattractively witty. The keyword that I’d like to associate with this book is the consistency. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She also sits on the advisory board of the Index on Censorship.

A shaksie and shamske so little knowledge of this beautiful city which is my identity, living in this circle of ignorance, a pity!! We tell ourselves it is possible to have acts without consequences.

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Trauma is not the result of a group experiencing pain. If not, how they must envy us humans GOD!!! May 14, Susanne Escher rated it it was amazing. Sillages critiques En bref: That year has haunting memories for the four parents.



Still, Kartography isn’t as bad as I am making it out to be. She now lives primarily in London. Though I believe Zia gave up on Sonia too easily to be in love with her.

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: The book has already addressed the unpredictability of Karachi throughout the novel – the ending doesnt seem like a value addition.

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

Paperbackpages. It is days away from when Raheen writes the following note to herself: This website uses cookies to improve user experience. This is my first novel by Kamila Shamsie and eventually I would like to read something else by her.

I think what most people find annoying about this book – which on afterthought – I didnt find annoying- is the relationship between Raheen and Karim. The only explanation from Raheen’s father for this swap is that “the music changed.

What she uncovers reveals not just a family’s but a country’s turbulent shaksie a grown-up Raheen and Karim are caught between strained friendship and fated love. Shamsie clearly has a lot of talent.