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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I liked their strengths and their flaws. Trying to enjoy life like normal teenagers, they sometime seem almost oblivious to the violence. But this novel changed everything.

This in itself kartlgraphy a lot of issues such as ethnic, religious and socio-economic prejudices, changing history, redemption, forgiveness, whether one big consequential action defines a person, as well as the conc I remembered loving the book when I read it a few years ago. Karachiites are a bunch of very resilient people. 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 As someone who is from Karachi and who loves living in Karachi – my relationship with my home is quite a complicated thing to explain.


I gy be the last person to be saying kxrtography, but there is often something off-putting about enthusiastic recommendations. Place seems to assume set boundaries that one fills to achieve a solid identity.

The Place of Politics. It is also the year in which the parents swapped partners yet managed to keep their friendship alive. Yasmin’s forgiving nonchalance is lazily written. Never is her writing more incandescent than when she is describing Karachi. At one point, as Karachi collapses into anarchy, an aunt suddenly tells Raheen, in the chemist’s, to leave without turning round; Raheen is anxious that there is a gunman in the shop, but it turns out that the person they are escaping from is a journalist, because the aunt is terrified of the potential headline: Kartography constantly references “” and alludes to a lot of these abuses, so it was great to have some idea of what had happened in that war And then, inas Raheen’s father evasively puts it, “the music changed” and they swapped partners.


Why did those bloody Muhajirs have to go and form a political group?

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Apr 01, Kanika Katyal rated it it was amazing. Kartography, which means the study of maps, is not merely the title of this outstanding novel-the entire book has symbolic meaning and can be interpreted as such. What an amazing story of Karachi,amazingly kartograpyy. Im so glad I did. You can almost laugh at this humor of the elites, their typically unaffected life, and these games of making it to the lists of parties and knowing who is who and what is what.

Maheen had already forgiven Zafar years ago and his mistakes weren’t the only obstacle in Raheen and Karim’s lovestory her own actions were also responsible for staining their relationship. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

And that is why the book is so brilliant: Mar 14, Viv JM rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m now going to be left searching the Internet endlessly trying to guess what actually happened at the end of the book. Constructed Truths and Competing Realities. 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 The four parents have known each other since their college days when they lived through the civil war which resulted in the creation of an independent Bangladesh in Akmila wants kattography do that after reading a book?

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

Kartography: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Each is very different from the other. Though they keep in touch, Karim is conflicted between his undeniable love for Raheen and shasie dark truth that gnaws at this helpeless love. Sonia and Zia are amazing people and more reliable characters than Raheen or Karim. Simply written, with the story evolving as per requirement; kareem and raheen are characters I shall remember for quite some time.


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I could not’ve read this in a single sitti Ever eat something that was so good, you had to take breaks, slow down, remember to stop to breathe because it was just so rich or delicious that you just couldn’t take it too quickly? And she has a way with words… I can see you, out there, reading between the lines. I quite enjoyed that. The pain of leaving one’s home is described as “This must be what dying feels like.

But I particularly enjoyed how Karim questions and pesters Raheen about her relationship with Karachi and often calls her out to be complacent and blind. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. The stories which get told are like the pieces of a larger puzzle: She doesn’t explain everything for readers unfamiliar with Pakistan’s history, language, and culture, trusting that they’re intelligent enough to figure things out from context or look up what they don’t know!

I Love this book with all its faults. Pretty good writing, it just doesn’t necessarily go as deep into certain topics as it could Kartography is the story of Karim and Raheen, two best friends growing up in an increasingly violent Karachi. Tragedy strikes, we cry, we scream, we mourn, and then we just get on with our lives.

Despite these irritations, I finished the book in one sitting, urgently wanting to solve the mystery behind the spouse swap. The story depicts the elite class, a tiny fraction of the population which the writer has herself acknowledged, and may be misleading for readers if they are trying to understand Pakistani culture but that distance is well-described”. A rather disappointing early book by the author of Home Fire.