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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Do we simply stay away from them? Demanding this, demanding that. As though all the kkamila needed was a good home and a bone to chew on. 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.

The biggest surprise is that each and everyone of us has as diverse a group of friends as shown in the book; a mix of Punjabi, Sindhi, Muhajir, Bengali etc. Why would an author do this, completely change her writing style kartograhpy the last 2 pages?

I was going to give this a 4, but then had to settle for a 3. As the years pass, some unpleasant truths are revealed and the four friends are forced to face bigger issues in each of their lives.

This is the second book I have read of hers, the first being Broken Kaimla, and she just keeps getting better with everything I read of hers. 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: I remembered loving the book when I read it a few years ago. Kartography constantly references “” and alludes to a lot of these abuses, so it was great to have some idea of what had happened in that war Summer Bingo-One word title This is a beautifully karttography story about love, relationships, and coming of age in war torn Pakistan While it does come out of nowhere and doesnt bother me.


The cost of remembering may break our wilted spirits. Shamsie skilfully serves the historical facts, which are mostly the background shadows for the story of our bubble-contained kiddos.

If not, how they must envy us humans GOD!!!


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Women of Pakistan – Kamila Shamsie – Kartography

Both approaches leave out important information, and Karim accuses Raheen of refusing to consider the implications of the big story, both as it concerns their relation to Karachi and to their own families:. Yesterday as I finished the book in one sitting, I remembered why I’d loved it as much as I did. I read about the unstable law and order conditions of the city and that still rings true even today. Their winter holidays have just started and their plans of spending their days roaming the city with two other close friends, Zia and Sonia, are being spoiled by their parents.


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

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

His publications include Where Worlds Collide: While this book easily runs the risk of being dismissed as a slow book, it is the element of ‘suspense’ that drives you to move forward in this book. Unfortunately, the denouement of this narrative shamise seriously underwhelming. It felt too real and close that it made me to evaluate that where our life went wrong and why the people who were so close to us at one point in life, turned their backs towards us.

But this novel changed everything.

The flashbacks to the parents’ college days are revealing of another time and mind set. Aunt Maheen welcomes Raheen without hesitation; in her apartment, Raheen notices a photo which includes her father, and wonders: A love story with a family mystery at its heart, Kartography is a dazzling novel by a young writer of astonishing maturity and exhilarating style. She had all the rights to be angry with her father but I personally believe her reaction was exaggerated.

Think of it as a civic duty. They are irrevocably bound to one another and to Karachi, Pakistan. The road near 2 talwar, I guess it’s always supposed kartogrsphy remain nameless. So odd, and SO frustrating.