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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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No trivia or quizzes yet. More By and About This Author. On the other, it takes on much bigger themes – betrayal, forgiveness, morals. May 14, Susanne Escher rated it it was amazing. While it does come out of nowhere and doesnt bother me. Raheen and her best friend, Karim, share an idyllic childhood in upper-class Karachi. The premise is touted as a love story between “soul-mates” Raheen and Karim, set amidst ethnic and political factions in Karachi. I didn’t learn anything new from her.

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Women of Pakistan – Kamila Shamsie – Kartography

Yet her heroes are certainly articulate, to the point of archness. Also, I read a lot of foreign literature – particularly from the West because I often do not connect to local literature for whatever odd reason – ive read a lot of books about spices cliche – frankly shammsie is definitely not who I am.


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 geography well. In reality, it is always in the back of their minds even as they make jokes to trivialize it. How can I let martography of them bear my children?

A rather disappointing early book by the author of Home Fire. 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.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I’m curious to know what others thought of the ending, but without writing a spoiler review I don’t understand it AT ALL. Kamila Shamsie is one of the best novelists I’ve ever read. A recommended read for anyone who has spent life in Karachi. All in all – shamsis is shamssie gorgeous novel. Why would an author do this, completely change her writing style for the last kartograpgy pages?

If many nations include an act of foundational violence in their myth of creation, even afterwards, on a day-to-day basis, the line between ordinary politics and outright civil war seems very thin indeed see Fradinger Kartography by Kamila Shamsie. The strong bond of friendship between these two groups of friends and a huge 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Why did those bloody Muhajirs have to go and form a political group?

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

The trouble with books that end poorly is that no 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. He wants to marry her and not me. I was all ready to give this book 4 stars until kamilw final 2 pages.

Dec 03, Lara Zuberi rated it it was amazing.

Dec 22, Mairi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite these irritations, I finished shamzie book in one sitting, urgently wanting to solve the mystery behind the spouse swap. And then pretend your street is the world. I accept this book with all its good and bad things. Paperbackpages. The story of the people in karotgraphy book was also nice, but it was nowhere near as outstanding as the picture of the city it painted.

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.