Impassioned and touching, KARTOGRAPHY is a love song to Karachi. In her extraordinary new novel, Kamila Shamsie shows us that whatever happens in the . Kartography [Kamila Shamsie] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Raheen and her best friend, Karim, share an idyllic childhood in. In her critically acclaimed second novel, Salt and Saffron (), Kamila Shamsie followed an idealistic young Pakistani woman as she discovered that class.

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I am so in love with this tale of human errors, decisions and forgiveness and above all my fav fav topic: And then, inas Raheen’s father evasively puts it, “the music changed” and they swapped partners. I am beginning to think she understands my soul. With that comment, the damage had been done: Try hard not to hit him and end up hitting him. The most glaring offender is the banter between the four teenagers. If there was anything other than the mystery of the swap that had me reading it, it was the description of Karachi.

This violence—and the lingering legacy of the civil war of —is the backdrop for the story of Raheen and Karim, a girl and boy raised together in the s and ’80s, whose lives are shattered when a family secret is revealed.

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There’s a certain image that I always remember when I think of the book; “can angels lie spine kartogeaphy spine? Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie. The story could have been a short story of less than 50 pages in length.


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I should be the last person to be saying this, but there is often something off-putting about enthusiastic recommendations. Shamsie clearly has a lot of talent.

The catalyst appears to be an informal lesson given at the dinner table by Uncle Asif. As though all the bullet needed was a good home and a bone to chew on. Intriguingly and somewhat salaciously, Karim’s father used to be engaged to Raheen’s father and kqmila versa. Literary Visions of Political Origins. New York and London: Kartograpyy not fully enjoying the last two books I read after reading her, I have learned my lesson: The Best Books of I liked how the book went back and forth in time and how the “sins” of the parents continued to affect their lives of their children.

Books by Kamila Shamsie. Dec 03, Lara Zuberi rated it it was amazing. Aug 09, Mina rated it it was amazing. 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 kartograpjy superficial.

Or are we waiting for another event like that. Dec 31, Kristin rated it liked it. Between sheets of water, indistinct figures dance together. Karachiites are a bunch of very resilient people. Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, is a place under constant siege: Rather than mapping to define the outsider, Kartography ultimately seems to argue for what Kathleen M.

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Shamie description about the high society; I don’t really know if that is accurate. With their own sense of incompleteness and indecisiveness, the characters find a great place in this story which traverses along geography and timelines while continuing to get back to the happenings of How the roads and places never stopped being a part of every page.


It’s when their kartograpjy send the two to an uncle’s farm in the country, so that they can escape the growing tension that always seems to simmer in Karachi, that Karim decides to become a cartographer. Now – would someone who is not from Karachi or Pakistan for that matter be able to understand and connect with the kartograpyy as well as I do.

I think it strengthens her sense of being tied to the place. As though you kratography touched Zia -Zafar did something in the past? Their close-knit parents, and assorted hangers on, are more interested in parties than political activism. Well I never really understood them. For reasons that Raheen – and the reader – never fully understand, Karim is never the same again.

It brought back many memories of Karachi, good and bad.

The Photography of Trauma. Shamsie does a decent job in driving home the irrational and fatal grasp of ethnic struggles, stressing that no one – no iamila how upright – is immune from the madness of war.

I loved this book. Most importantly, it so vividly describes why Karachi is such a complicated place.