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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Books of the Week. People assume they will eventually marry. Demanding this, demanding that. I loved this book. But there you go; win some kartograpny some. What she uncovers reveals not just a family’s but a country’s turbulent history-and a grown-up Raheen and Karim are caught between strained friendship and fated love.

Who can blame us?


No trivia or quizzes yet. There is a darkness beneath the jubilation of parties and rouged faces and for Raheen it remains impenetrable. Michael Keith and Steve Pile.

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A must read for karachi lovers away from home. Regarding the Pain of Others.

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You forget, several years later, how much you relished the first pages, how tightly the prose gripped you, how quickly you devoured it. Karachiites are a bunch of very resilient people. kamilz


She writes, “It hits you in unexpected moments, this city’s romance ; everywhere, air pockets of loveliness just when your lungs can’t take anymore congestion or pollution or stifling newspaper headlines. Books by Kamila Shamsie.

But Shamsie’s novel deals more with ghosts than cities: That’s what Kartography was for me. Tragedy strikes, we cry, we scream, we mourn, and then we just get on with our lives.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. I want to travel the world, but at the end of the day I want to come home to Karachi.

Yesterday as I finished the book in one sitting, I remembered why I’d loved it as much as I did. Kartography is a book set in my dear hometown, Karachi. Otherwise it may be difficult to connect to.

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The book has already addressed the unpredictability of Karachi throughout the novel – the ending doesnt seem like a value addition. Raheen senses that her parents have immunised themselves against scarring events from the past. Kartogrsphy words are used as vehicles conveying both emotions and intelligence, while at the same time – because the whole novel hinges on a secret that is hidden from the narrator – Shamsie knows that words aren’t exactly everything, either.


Shamsie translates the turmoils of a Nation torn by Civil War into intricately explored personal stories of falling in love and falling out of love. Sonia is in fact a bit dim, but Zia, who is painted as something of a Woosterish drone, kamilaa smart enough to say, at 13, that the point of smoking is to draw attention kamioa the lips, which is exactly right.

What is the moment, that exact moment when everything changes and the friends you have been, become the lovers you might be?

My family lived there for generations. Karim and Raheen, best friends since their mothers placed them spine to spine in the cradle, delight in anagrams, wisecracking and illicit joyrides in classy cars.

Shamsie hints that her ethnicity somehow plays a role in the partner exchange, but the reader is denied the details. I am beginning to think she understands my soul.

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