Kartography by Kamila Shamsie

IMG_7408Set in Karachi, Pakistan. Reviewed on 2018/12: https://www.instagram.com/p/Brihc-Bnjf4/

As a lot of you know by now, I have an unhealthy obsession with #maps . Usually people who are obsessed with maps are constantly afraid of being lost and never be found again. #karim , the main character in #kartography is indeed terrified to lose the world he knows so he comes up with a map in the fragile hope of being able to come back. #returning to places you think you’ve never left is also another recurrent theme in this book. #kamila writes these teenagers’ angst and illusions with the acuteness of someone who has felt the same disappointments herself. Is it possible to ever return anywhere? Would a map help you find back your path? What if the map becomes the proof of your own failure to ever come back or move anywhere? #shamsie not only gets to ask these questions at the individual level. This book also forces the reader to confront painful moments in the history of #Pakistan and to a certain extent the region as a whole: #muhajir versus #sindhi or #pakistani versus #bengali or #urban versus rural or progressive versus conservative. The ending was not so great considering the sheer brilliance of the first pages. However I definitely #highlyrecommend this book for both its historical information as well sophisticated writing style. #highlyrecommended#pakistaniliterature #harcourtbooks#karachi #exile #lostgeography #silences

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