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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Come home, untangler of my thoughts. Mar 12, Sim rated it it was amazing.

I didn’t learn anything new from her. I guess that is reason enough to love it; but that is not the only reason. There was a memory beginning to resurface, but my heart was beating so loud, so fast, telling me to keep it away. On the one hand, it’s a story about love and friendships and growing up.

The cost of remembering may break our wilted spirits. Still, Kartography isn’t as bad as I am making it out to be.

Will the friendship between Raheen and Karim survive the pressures of the ethnic violence that surrounds shhamsie in the present as well as that which occurred even before their births?

Her grasp of craft is impressive, especially since she’s now only published four novels, this one being her second.

May 14, Zonaira rated it it was amazing Shelves: The strength of the novel lies in its characters.

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

Michael Keith and Steve Pile. Another brilliant story perfectly capturing the lives of upper class karachiites. To ask other readers questions about Kartographyplease sign up. Once upon a time in Karachi Dec 03, Lara Zuberi rated it it was amazing.


I was left not understanding at all what happened to the main characters in the book. How we didn’t know about the family secrets, the secrets that were too big that they can alter the course of rest kwrtography our lives. They are flawed characters that make some rather immature choices. Preview — Kartography by Kamila Shamsie.


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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 All of them from rich backgrounds, which lamila limits the scope of kqrtography environment by a whole lot. Above all, Kartography is a love story. The story could have been a short story of less than 50 pages in length. I don’t know why I have never read Kamila Shamsie before, but I definitely want to read more of her work after reading this.

As someone who is from Karachi and who loves living in Karachi – my relationship with my home is quite a complicated thing to explain. Mar 31, Kristina Gomez rated it it was amazing. The story of the people in the book was also nice, but it was nowhere hy as outstanding as the picture of the city it painted.

Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

She raises the bar so very high. Apr 01, Kanika Katyal rated it it was amazing. He develops an obsession with maps, as if by lending structure to Karachi’s streets, he could make sense of his beloved, imploding home.

Kamila Shamsie’ Kartography is an exciting novel, especially for those who have lived in Karachi. Open Preview See a Problem? Soul mates from birth Karim and Raheen finish one another’s sentences, speak in anagrams and lie spine to spine as children. That is why this book touched those chords of my heart which I thought no book ever will. Kartography is a novel about membership, about who belongs where and with whom, about loyalties, about relational cause and effect see Catherine Belsey xiiincluding the ongoing, intergenerational consequences of Partition and the war, all within a period wherein firsthand accounts are still easily available: Shamsis is the story of Raheen, and her best friend Karim, who grow up together, and are ksmila separated during their teenage years.


Map and itinerary are not at the opposite poles of experience, as de Certeau has it, shamsje the itinerary retakes the territory the map has supposedly frozen in time and space: Fiction set in Pakistan is always something that I look forward to reading particularly after Moth Smoke and it helps that the author is a native of Pakistan and knows the geo I was going to give this a 4, but then had to settle for a 3.

However, Kamila decides to weave in a lot more detail and does not expose the ‘Why? Worst of all, the book continues for odd pages after this big climax.

Definitely her father is forcing her -Karim is comforting Sonia? London and New York: Tragedy strikes, we cry, we scream, we mourn, and then we just get on with our lives.

John Bird et al. Can angels lie spine to spine? Karachi is portrayed as a complex city, lively and dangerous. 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.

Come home and tell me, what do I do with this breaking heart of mine? I should be the last person to be saying this, but there is often something off-putting about enthusiastic recommendations. They have been inseparable friends since earliest infancy; they finish each other’s sentences and share a talent for anagrams. I bu loving the book when I read it a few years kartoggaphy. Memos from the Besieged City: Frightened and frustrated by the violence, Karim’s father decides to move the family to England, a decision that both separates the best friends and destroys Karim’s parents’ marriage.

It is days away from when Raheen writes the following note to herself: As someone said to Raheen: