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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Nervous about the safety of their children as the ethnic violence escalates, the parents are planning to send them away for the holidays. Dec 22, Mairi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Discover what to read next. Dec 03, Lara Zuberi rated it it was amazing. I read about the unstable law and order conditions of the city and that still rings true even today.

I quite enjoyed that.

That is why this book touched those chords of karfography heart which I thought no book ever will. This in itself covers 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 Kartlgraphy read it a few years ago. Books of the Week. Kamila Shamsie has the most beautiful way with words.

I knew that there were so many reasons to fail to kartograpphy it, to cease to love it, to be unable to love it, that it made love a fierce and unfathomable thing.

Although these children were kartotraphy at the time, geopolitical events from Partition to civil war, and the resulting question of membership, invades their personal lives, an unwanted yet unavoidable inheritance of the politics of location. 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.


There was a memory beginning to resurface, but my heart was beating so loud, so fast, kartigraphy me to keep it away. Summer Bingo-One word title This is a beautifully told story about love, relationships, and coming of age in war torn Pakistan I’m curious to know what others thought of the ending, but without writing a spoiler review I don’t understand it AT ALL.

O-O I read and re-read it for many times.

London and New York: Do you know how hard your heart beats when you’re lost? Or are we waiting for another event like that. If nothing else, her pained but beautiful description of Karachi compels me to search out more of her work.

Each is very different from the other. An enthralling novel, a history lesson, a meditation on kartographj the past never goes away.


I found myself finishing a chapter and putting it down kartogrxphy walk around the house, clean something, have a glass of wine, play with the cat, redo my hair, check my email, call my mom. Despite this mysterious partner swap, the families remain admirably close.

I cannot say enough good things or good-enough things about her writing. Raheen’s father kartoography once engaged to Karim’s mother, and her mother was once engaged to his father, yet the families strangely maintained close ties.

There are too many feelings here. When she is old enough to look within and around, and understand the canker. I wouldn’t write Shamsie off completely, though. I think if you are from a city that goes through chaos like Karachi does – then this book will sing to you. She also sits on the advisory board of the Index on Censorship.

However, if you are worried that your lack of knowledge of South Asian history would be affecting this novel, you shouldn’t be.


It’s when their parents send the two to an uncle’s farm in the country, so that they can escape the growing tension that always seems to simmer in Karachi, that Karim decides to become a cartographer.

But she didn’t do it four months ago?! A rather disappointing early book by the author of Home Fire. I think the answer is yes and no.

Otherwise it may be difficult to connect to. That said, one of my biggest gripes with the book from the very beginning was Shamsie’s dialogue: Above all, Kartography is a love story. Apr 01, Kanika Katyal rated it it was amazing. Perhaps this is because I am from a city but 2 hours away by air, a bitterly estranged sibling, but one that shares Karachi’s turbulent history, frustrating filth, maddening chaos but most of all its inexplicable, heart-wrenching magnetism. It beats in their hearts – kartorgaphy, polluted, corrupt, vibrant, brave and ultimately, home.

Yasmin’s forgiving nonchalance is lazily written.

Kartography: Kamila Shamsie: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

A must read for karachi lovers away from home. The main subject of the story is how events that took place before they Raheen and Karim were born and decisions and choices kwrtography by their parents affected their lives and their relationship even though were unaware of what exactly happened for a long time. He wants to marry her and not me.

An Interview with Kartograpuy Shamsie. New York and London: Im so glad I did. Her books have been translated into a number of languages. Aug 09, Mina rated it it was amazing. Masterful storytelling combined with a rich prose make this book an instant favourite.

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