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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The pain of leaving one’s home is described as “This must be what dying feels like. 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.

Culture and the Real. I could not’ve read this in a single sitting if I tried, it would’ve been too rich for me. She had all the rights to be angry with her father but I personally believe her reaction was exaggerated.

As though all the bullet needed was a good home and a bone to chew on.

On Collective Memory and Historical Responsibility. Discover what to read next. I was drawn to this book by its title which finds an explanation in the book in a nice way and the Goodreads’ blurb. There are detailed descriptions of the city of Karachi and its never ending violence,but as that is a very familiar subject for me,that too felt rather tiresome.

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Kartography is a book set in my dear hometown, Karachi.

Set in the Karrography and Nineties in one of Pakistan’s largest cities, it is a tale of friendship, love, betrayal and anguish. And by “too quickly” I mean “at a normal-to-you pace”?

If there was anything other than the mystery of the swap that had me reading it, it was the description of Karachi. Lists with This Shxmsie.

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

If nothing else, her pained but beautiful description of Karachi compels me to search out more of her work. How can I let one of them bear my children? Frightened and frustrated by the violence, Karim’s father decides to move the family to England, a decision that both separates the best friends and destroys Karim’s parents’ marriage.

Though I believe Zia gave up on Sonia too easily to be in love with her. At one point, as Karachi collapses into anarchy, an aunt suddenly tells Raheen, in the chemist’s, to leave without turning round; Raheen is anxious that there is a gunman in the shop, but it turns out that the person they are escaping from is a journalist, because the aunt is terrified of the potential headline: 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.

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Im so glad I did. Reading this book for much like diving headlong into this new world with 3D glasses whereby kartograph is different and new and so much more alive than you can ever have thoughts. The most glaring offender is the banter between the four teenagers. Tragedy strikes, we cry, we scream, we mourn, and then we just get on with our kamla. Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence.



The Place shamssie Politics. Their close friends Z Kartography is the story of Raheen, and her best friend Karim, who grow up together, and are then separated during their teenage years. Regarding the Pain of Others. Why would an author do this, completely change her writing style for the last 2 pages?

Her books have been translated into a number of languages. But even as she takes us far from the familiar, her story of passion and family secrets rings universally true. While it does ka,ila out of nowhere and doesnt bother me. A karachiite and yet so little knowledge of this beautiful city which is my identity, living in this circle of ignorance, a pity!! 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.

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