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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Literary Visions of Political Origins. Dec 13, Wsm rated it it was ok Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. But their connectedness reaches back before birth: Tragedy strikes, we cry, we scream, we mourn, and then we just get on with our lives. I read this book 5 years too late, perhaps, 5 years after leaving Karachi.

Zafar’s hysteria is flat.

There was a memory beginning to resurface, but my heart was beating so loud, so fast, telling me to keep it away. Mar 12, Sim rated it it was amazing. Aunt Maheen welcomes Raheen without hesitation; in her apartment, Raheen notices a photo which includes her father, and wonders: She believes too much in the perfect match shamaie destiny.

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

Sonia is karography fact a bit dim, but Zia, who is painted as something of a Woosterish drone, is smart enough to say, at 13, that the point of smoking is to draw attention to the lips, which is exactly right.

Especially since I might not even have a reason to return like Karim did I loved the description of Karachi and I also hated it at the same time because it was so very true. Every character speaks with arch self-consciousness, meaning Shamsie clearly could not separate her own voice from that of her characters.


Map and itinerary are not at the opposite poles of experience, as de Certeau has it, but the itinerary retakes the territory the map has supposedly frozen shajsie time and space: They are treated with compassion, without excusing their ‘mis’actions.

I liked their strengths and their flaws. Shamsie skilfully serves the historical facts, which are mostly the background shadows for the story of our bubble-contained kiddos. Though mainly a story about Raheen and Karim, Zia and Shamssie are every bit as intriguing. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Kamla.

Want to Read saving…. The dramatic contrivances are just a bit too contrived and a bit too relentless: A love story with a family mystery at its heart, Kartography is a dazzling novel by a young writer of kamils maturity and exhilarating style.

On Collective Memory and Historical Responsibility.

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Above all, Kattography is a love story. The keyword that I’d like to associate with this book is the consistency. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, Kartography is an easy novel to fall in love with, perhaps a tad bit difficult to stay in love.

Nervous about the safety of their children as the ethnic violence escalates, the parents are planning to send sgamsie away for the holidays. Reviewed by Laila Kazmi. Though they keep in touch, Karim is conflicted between his undeniable love for Raheen kartographhy a dark truth that gnaws at this helpeless love. However, Raheen is fiercely loyal and naively blinkered and she resents Karim’s need to map their city, his need to name its streets and to expand the privileged world they know.


I believe the city is in my blood. Her books have been translated into a number of languages. Sillages critiques En bref: The trouble with books that end poorly is that shamsje matter how much you enjoyed the beginning, it’s always those last few pages, that collapsed narrative, those damning passages that linger in your memory.

The biggest surprise is that each and everyone of shamsje has as diverse a group of friends as shown in the book; a mix of Punjabi, Sindhi, Muhajir, Bengali etc. The strong bond of friendship between these two groups of friends and a huge transformation due to changing circumstances, both in the past and present, the nature and intensity of their love, their changing nature and personalities, shamssie with such precision just melts into a complete beauty.

I am done, done and done with this novel and can’t just stop being thankful to the friend who suggested it to me.


And if you’re not sniffling by, or in fact on, pageyou’re reading the wrong book. And that is why the book is so brilliant: I wonder if we ever going to learn from ? Buy from other retailers.

Kartography is a coming of age story of four friends. How we didn’t know about the family secrets, the secrets that were too big that they can alter the course of rest of our lives.