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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Can angels lie spine to spine? Her evocation of Pakistan both in during the attack on what became Bangladesh and twenty-five years later, when Karachi was full of violence and chaos is detail-rich.


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.

I cant believe ive taken so long to read it. What is the moment, that exact moment when everything changes and the friends you have been, become the lovers you might be? I could not’ve read this in a single sitting if I tried, it would’ve been too rich for me.

It brought back many memories of Karachi, good and bad. The Photography of Trauma. Try hard not to hit him and end up hitting him. Books of the Week.

Here Shamsie’s kamika is clumsy and rudderless, never quite knowing how to make its way home, hysterically connecting every sub-plot and character to each other for no real reason. There kartotraphy no discussion ahamsie on this book yet.

There is so much tragedy all around that people from all classes and ranks of life have their own sanctuaries to seek refuge from all this madness. Kaila, not to the extent to what the main characters in these novel went through but closer to that.


I cannot say enough good things or good-enough things about her writing. Why would an author do this, completely change her writing style for the last 2 pages?

Though Shamsie depicts some pecularities of Pakistani society very accurately her main theme is not capturing. And then pretend your street is the world.

Raheen’s father was once engaged to Karim’s mother, and her mother was once engaged to his father, yet the families strangely maintained close ties. Rather than mapping to define the outsider, Kartography ultimately seems to argue for what Kathleen M. The characters were believable, easy to relate with.

The ending of the book is also a point of discussion for most shmasie. The main subject of the story is how events that took place before they Raheen and Karim were born and decisions and choices made by their parents affected their lives and their relationship even though were unaware of what exactly happened for a long time. On one hand, maps can be used to get from point A to point B, bring order to a chaos and increase efficiency. Nervous about the safety of their children as the ethnic violence escalates, the parents are planning to send them away for the holidays.

Yasmin’s forgiving nonchalance is lazily written. I kartogtaphy that there were so many reasons to fail to love it, to cease to love it, to be unable to love it, that it made love a fierce and unfathomable thing. Sadly I realised that despite it being fast-paced, parts of Kartography grated on me from the very beginning. Her writing is lyrical and smooth and rich with character without being overly flowerly and unbearable.

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Karachi is just as important to the story as the two main characters, Raheen and Karim. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, View all 3 comments. At it’s heart, Kartography is a beautiful love story between two childhood best friends who are a made-for-each-other couple Sep 24, Aurina rated it it was ok. Think of it oartography a civic duty.

I quite enjoyed that. Kartography by Kamila Shamsie. Dec 13, Wsm rated it it was ok Shelves: Do you know what it is to wander out of the comfort of your own streets and your own stories? Discover what to read next. Once upon a time in Karachi Soul mates from birth Karim and Raheen finish one another’s sentences, speak in anagrams and lie spine to spine as children. The chronology is important. Basically, refuse to share his opinion and all you’re getting is an attitude.

If there was anything other than the mystery of the swap that had me reading it, it was the description of Karachi. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Kamial tell ourselves it is possible to have acts without consequences. Please go out and fall in love with Kartography Return to Book Page.

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I loved this book. Regarding the Pain of Others.

Raheen and Karim have a tangled relationship which parallels, and is haunted by, the tangled relationships of their parents twenty years earlier. University of California Press, Above all, Kartography is a love story.