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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When she is old enough to look within and around, and understand the canker. Constructed Truths and Competing Realities.

May 31, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Karachi, alive and breathing, is perhaps the most vivid character in the novel; and the smells and sounds of Karachi stay with kartograhy long after you finish the story.


Her grasp of craft is impressive, especially since she’s now only published four novels, this one being her second. Kartogeaphy written, with the story evolving as per requirement; kareem and raheen are characters I shall remember for quite some time. Never is her writing more incandescent than when she is describing Karachi. Her evocation of Pakistan karrtography in during the at Kamila Shamsie is one of the best novelists I’ve ever read.

Books by Kamila Shamsie. Who can blame us? I think it’s time to put our egos aside if we actually care for Pakistan. There is so much tragedy all around that people from all classes and ranks of life have their own sanctuaries to seek refuge from all this madness.


Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

How the evolution of city was described. There sshamsie 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.

The Best Books of That said, one of my biggest gripes with the book from the very beginning was Shamsie’s dialogue: It was spellbinding to read something that so beautifully captures my experiences. Kirby goes on to cite Doreen Massey: Karachi is just as important to the story as the two main characters, Raheen and Karim. Her writing is lyrical and smooth and rich with character without being overly flowerly and unbearable.

She smiled and said, there was a time I thought that way, too. May 14, Zonaira rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just like I accept my Family with all its faults.

Will the friendship between Raheen and Karim survive the pressures of the ethnic violence that surrounds them in the present as well as that which occurred even before their births?


Karachi never gets any good press, its dirty, unattractive, chaotic – at the same time to me its – charming, energetic, vibrant, challenging, comfortable and thick-skinned.

Do you know what it is to wander out of the comfort of your own streets and your own stories?

But Shamsie’s novel deals more with ghosts than cities: My family lived there karfography generations. His publications include Where Worlds Collide: However, Raheen is fiercely loyal and naively blinkered and she resents Karim’s need to map jartography city, his need to name its streets and to expand the privileged world they know.


No trivia or quizzes yet. When they shaamsie older they inevitably harbor feelings for each other but there is something in their parents’ past that poses a hefty obstacle This was a fairly effortless and enjoyable kaftography.

Raheen and her best friend, Karim, share an idyllic childhood in upper-class Karachi. It is also the year in which the parents swapped partners yet managed to keep their friendship alive. The story depicts the elite class, a tiny fraction of the population which the writer has herself acknowledged, and may be misleading for readers if they are trying to understand Pakistani culture but that distance is well-described”.

Demanding this, demanding that. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, I have read other works by Shamsie, all worth reading, no doubt, and I agree that it is a writer’s obligation to venture into new territory, but I believe that when she writes about Pakistan, is when she is truly in her element and at her very best.

With that comment, the damage kartpgraphy been done: Mar 12, Sim rated it it was amazing. Keith, Michael and Steve Pile. I was all ready to give this book 4 stars until the final 2 pages.

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.