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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How we didn’t know about the family secrets, the secrets that were too big that they can alter the course kartogrwphy rest of our lives. I loved the story, even better loved all the book characters: It taught me about the Bangladeshi independence war, which has touched the lives of people I know.

I was all ready to give this book 4 stars until the final 2 pages. Sonia and Zia are amazing people and more reliable characters than Raheen or Karim. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

On the one hand, it’s a story about love and friendships and growing up. I read about the unstable law and order conditions of the city and that still rings true even today.

Who can blame us? Rather than mapping to define the outsider, Kartography ultimately seems to argue for what Kathleen M. Despite this mysterious partner swap, the families remain admirably close. Aug 10, Myra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her tactful and fair handling of the sentiments many people in West Pakistan had towards Bengalis in ’71, her mastery in dealing with emotions and building those emotions, and her brilliance with words is just mesmerizing.


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Kartography: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Karachi, alive and breathing, is perhaps the most vivid character in the novel; and the smells and sounds of Karachi stay with you long after you finish the story. And by “too quickly” I mean “at a normal-to-you pace”?

His publications include Where Worlds Collide: It was really important for me to read on a personal level, and so well written for just that purpose. An Interview with Kamila Shamsie. Although these children were unborn at the time, geopolitical events from Partition to civil war, and the resulting question of kami,a, invades their personal lives, an unwanted yet unavoidable inheritance of the politics of location.

Spatial Concepts of Human Subjectivity.

Summer Bingo-One word title This is a beautifully told story about love, relationships, and coming of age in war torn Pakistan The ,amila is touted as a love story between “soul-mates” Raheen and Karim, set amidst ethnic and political factions in Karachi. The story could have been a short story of less than 50 pages in length.

I have always believed that Karachi is my home. They are flawed characters that make some rather immature choices. But their connectedness reaches back before birth: Basically, refuse to share his opinion and all you’re getting is an attitude. The Best Books of I have mixed feelings about this book.

Women of Pakistan – Kamila Shamsie – Kartography

She smiled and said, there was a time I thought that way, too. That year has haunting memories for the four parents. Is it the shame at losing the war, or guilt about what we did to try to win that mutes us? Mar 14, Viv JM rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 01, Kanika Katyal rated it it was amazing.


Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

Write properly, that is, and not in the brain-dead argot of the con-temporary a few honourable exceptions British novel. Her characters are always multidimensional, and she’s not afraid to make her narrator a bit unsympathetic at times or just good at making mistakes that make you frustrated, even while you keep reading because you want to find out that she fixes them eventually.

Aunt Maheen welcomes Raheen without hesitation; in her apartment, Raheen notices a photo which includes her father, and wonders: Jan 07, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: The two friends and their families are members of the city’s wealthy elite, personified in kartlgraphy shallowness by family members like Raheen’s supercilious Aunt Runty and in guilty social conscience by Karim himself.

There was a memory beginning to resurface, but iamila heart was beating so loud, so fast, telling me to keep it away. Likewise, the characters in this story are good and bad, flawed and admirable, irritating and generous, wise and silly, and ultimately perfect because they made you stop for a minute and think about who you are. Sep 07, Viju rated it liked it Shelves: Can angels lie spine to spine?