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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Raheen harps on about being ashamed of the last letter she wrote to Karim, but I re-read it several times trying to figure out what was so offensive. 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:.

The dialogue between the kids – especially between Karim and Raheen, but Zia and Sonia were guilty too – was unrealistic and annoyingly precious. In any case, I really liked the book, hated the ending. Her writing is lyrical and smooth and rich with character without being overly flowerly and unbearable. Lists with This Book. 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, all with such precision just melts into a complete beauty.

The description about the high society; I don’t really know if that is accurate. The story of the people in the book was also nice, but it was nowhere near as outstanding as the picture of the city it painted.

When they get 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 read. It was really important for me to read on a personal l I read this book 5 years too late, perhaps, 5 years after leaving Karachi.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Kirby goes on to cite Doreen Massey: And if you’re not sniffling by, or in fact on, pageyou’re reading the wrong book.

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: But even as she takes us far from the familiar, her story of passion and family secrets rings universally true. Shamsie does a decent job in driving home the irrational and fatal grasp of ethnic struggles, stressing shwmsie no one – no matter how upright – is immune from the madness of war.


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. 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 karyography in the s and ’80s, whose lives are shattered when a family secret is revealed.

I am done, done and done with this novel and can’t just stop being thankful to the friend who suggested it to me. Maybe one precocious 13 year old could make jokes about kinky communist parties, but 4 precocious 13 year olds infusing their comments with casual socio-political references and scathing wit was a bit excessive. Dec 13, Wsm rated it it was ok Shelves: And then, inas Raheen’s father evasively puts it, “the music changed” and they swapped partners.


But at the heart of the romance is the knowledge that those hands may wander off elsewhere, but somehow through luck or destiny or plain blind groping they’ll find a way back to you, and maybe you’ll be smart enough then to be grateful for everything that’s still possible, in spit of your own weaknesses- and his.

An enthralling novel, a history lesson, a meditation on how the past never goes away. Raheen, Karim, Sonia and Zia I was all ready to give this book 4 stars until the final 2 pages. It has this uncanny ability to capture the little details – like the ability to be karyography to find beauty in unexpected places, how everyone comes kartograohy and “contacts” are called in times of need, how a car thief can actually help you fix your car, the nicknames for “gossipy society women”, the parties, the late night drives, tea, the melodramatic lifelong relationships with our friends.

The road near 2 talwar, I guess it’s always supposed to remain nameless.

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John Bird et al. Raheen and Karim have a tangled relationship which parallels, and is haunted by, the tangled relationships of their parents twenty years earlier. How the evolution of city was described. A must read for karachi lovers away from home.

This book is too real. Aunt Maheen welcomes Raheen without hesitation; in her apartment, Raheen notices a photo which includes her father, and wonders: You would think it was not possible to feel a huge crush and a strong urge to beat to pulp a guy from a fictional world, feeling extra protective of raheen.


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.

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

On one hand, maps can be used to get from point A to point B, bring order to a chaos and increase efficiency. Yesterday as I finished the book in one sitting, I remembered why I’d loved it as much as I did. Mar 06, Nigham rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t know what it is but I can’t seem to be getting enough of her work.

Return to Book Page. The characters central to the book, Karim and Raheen, are easily the most lovable characters that I have come across in the recent part. Eber and Arthur G.

It is a brilliantly executed, complicated love story, with not merely a triangle, but a square–rather two squares, spanning two generations, and yet it is much more-a story of friendship, loyalty, racism both on a conscious and subconscious levelthe violence that has rocked Karachi, and the resilience of it’s people. Basically, refuse to share his opinion and all karrography getting is an attitude.

Her tactful and fair handling of the sentiments many people in West Pakistan had towards Bengalis in ’71, her mastery in dealing with emotions and building those emotions, and her brilliance with words is just mesmerizing. I loved the description of Karachi and I also hated it at the same time ksmila it was so very true. It is days away from when Raheen writes the following note to herself: A very quick read. Well, not to the extent to what the main characters in these novel went through but closer to that.

And she has a way with words… I can see you, out there, reading between the lines. Write properly, that is, and not in the brain-dead argot of the con-temporary a few honourable exceptions British novel.

Dec 22, Mairi rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.