February 20, 2019

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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In any case, I really liked the book, hated the ending. I am beginning to think she understands my soul. I loved this book. I have read other works by Shamsie, all worth reading, no doubt, and I agree that it is a writer’s obligation to venture into new territory, but I believe that when she writes about Pakistan, is when she is truly in her element and at her very best.

New York and London: Dec 22, Mairi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Soul mates from birth Karim and Raheen finish one another’s sentences, speak in anagrams and lie spine to spine as children. The premise is touted as a love story between “soul-mates” Raheen and Karim, set amidst ethnic and political factions in Karachi.

Never is her writing more incandescent than when she is describing Karachi. Karachi is portrayed as a complex city, lively and dangerous.

Love, betrayal, sacrifice… and humour

Aug 10, Myra rated kartogrpahy it was amazing Shelves: When she is shmsie enough to kaila within and around, and understand the canker. They are beguiling and devastating.

Do we simply stay away from them? Raheen, Karim, Sonia and Zia I was all ready to give this book 4 stars until the final 2 pages.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. Lists with This Book. I cannot say enough good things or good-enough things about her writing. I am often put in the same scenario constantly by my friends who do not live in Karachi. Sonia and Zia are amazing people and more reliable characters than Raheen or Karim.


Why was he looking to them for an escape when I was right here beside him? Shamsie transports us to a world we have not often seen in fiction-vibrant, dangerous, sensuous Pakistan. I loved the story, even better loved all the book characters: With the parallel story of Kartogrxphy, Zafar, Maheen and Ali who are the parents of Raheen and Karim, the author touches on another dark period from Pakistan’s history.

How can I let one of them bear my children?

Two ghosts representing Karim and Raheen walk an invisible city in Raheen’s Calvino tribute. And maybe 5 years later was a good time to read it, after all. Once upon a time in Karachi Please go out and fall in love with Kartography Try hard not to hit him and end up hitting him. It taught me about the Bangladeshi independence war, which has touched the lives of people I know.


Kamila Shamsie is one of the best novelists I’ve ever read. Unexplored Territory Moving On. 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: And if you’re not sniffling by, or kaimla fact on, pageyou’re reading the wrong book.

The story could have been a short story of less than 50 pages in length. Just like I accept my Family with all its faults. And that is why the book is so brilliant: Kartography is my book from Pakistan for the Read The World challenge.

There are detailed descriptions of the city of Karachi and its never ending violence,but as that is a very familiar subject for me,that too felt rather tiresome. To ask other readers questions about Kartographyplease sign up. If there was anything other than the mystery of the swap that had me reading it, it was the description of Karachi.


Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

As the years go by they let a barrier of silence build between them until, finally, they are brought together during a dry summer of strikes and ethnic violence and their relationship is poised between strained friendship and fated love. For those who lived through those years in Karachi, the novel serves as a bittersweet reminder of a difficult time in a beloved city.

Kartography is the first book ive ever read that encapsulates so very perfectly my life and relationship with my city and the people around me. Definitely her father is forcing her -Karim is comforting Sonia? Hsamsie are a bunch of very resilient people.

I could not’ve read this in a single sitting if I tried, it would’ve been too rich for me.

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. However, Raheen is fiercely loyal and naively blinkered and she resents Karim’s sshamsie to map their city, his need to name its streets and to expand the privileged world they know.

Kartography is a book set in my dear hometown, Karachi.

One thing is for sure, as a native, Kamila Shamsie is in love with her city and manages to invoke in the reader a longing to experience the vibrant life there.