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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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. A karachiite and yet so little knowledge of this beautiful city which is my identity, living in this circle of ignorance, a pity!! Each is very different from the other.
And then pretend your street is the world. Sillages critiques En bref: Against this suspenseful backdrop, Kartography is ostensibly a tale of children growing up in s Karachi, a period when the city was once again beset by ethnic strife.
Though mainly a story about Kartogra;hy and Karim, Zia and Sonia are every bit as intriguing. Despite this mysterious partner swap, the families remain admirably close.
Karachi never gets any good press, its dirty, unattractive, chaotic – at the same time to me its – charming, energetic, vibrant, challenging, comfortable and thick-skinned. What she uncovers reveals not just a family’s but a country’s turbulent history-and a grown-up Raheen and Karim are caught between strained friendship and fated love.
They are treated with compassion, without excusing their ‘mis’actions.
The description about the high society; I don’t really know if that is accurate. Pakistancivil wartraumatic experiencebinding violencemappingitinerarycultural identity. But Shamsie’s novel deals more with ghosts than cities: The reasons behind the broken engagements, as well as the sequence in which they happened remains unknown to both Raheen and Karim, and complicates their relationship when hidden truths emerge.
Probably good if you want something easy for your next long flight. It is unattractively witty. Unexplored Territory Moving On. With their own sense of incompleteness and indecisiveness, the characters find a great place in this story which traverses along geography and timelines while continuing to get back to the happenings of 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.
It was kind of out of nowhere… Kamila did a great job. Keith, Shamsei and Steve Pile. shameie
I’m curious to know what others thought of the ending, but without writing a spoiler review I don’t understand it AT ALL. Shamsie skilfully serves the historical facts, which are mostly the background shadows for the story of our bubble-contained kiddos. kaftography
Women of Pakistan – Kamila Shamsie – Kartography
I loved the story, even better loved all the book characters: The two friends and their families are members of the city’s wealthy elite, personified in its shallowness by family members like Raheen’s supercilious Aunt Runty and in guilty social conscience by Karim himself. These are Raheen and Karim, whom we first meet in a Karachi garden inwhen they are New Reflections on the Revolutions of our Time. Yesterday as I finished the book in one sitting, I remembered why I’d loved it as much as I did.
Reviewed by Laila Kazmi. Think of it kartogfaphy a civic duty. 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 kartpgraphy detail-rich. On one hand, maps can be used to get from point A to point B, bring order to a chaos and increase efficiency. Will the friendship between Raheen and Karim survive the pressures of the ethnic violence that surrounds them in the present as well as that which occurred even before their births?
If nothing else, her pained but beautiful description of Karachi compels me to search out more of her work.
At times it reminded me why I kind of preferred Lahore, and it captured so well many feelings I had about Karachi when I worked there. Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. Lifelines for Cultural Sustainability.
Living in the better part of town, the four friends are somewhat shielded from the violence. Discover what to read next. He develops an obsession with maps, as if by lending structure to Karachi’s streets, he could make sense of his beloved, imploding home.
Shamsie translates the turmoils of a Nation torn by Civil War into intricately explored personal stories of falling in love and falling out of love.
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 kartograaphy me. When she is old enough to look within and around, and understand the canker. I cant believe ive taken so long to read it. It is days away from when Raheen writes the following note to herself: Now – would someone who is not from Karachi or Pakistan for that matter be able to understand and connect with the story as well as I do.
Overall, I am confused! That year has haunting memories for the four parents.