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Karachi is just as important to the story as the two main characters, Raheen and Karim. For those who lived through those years in Karachi, the novel serves as a bittersweet reminder of a difficult time in a beloved city.
Their winter holidays have just started and their plans of spending their days roaming the city with two other close friends, Zia and Sonia, are being spoiled by their parents. Nervous about the safety of their children as the ethnic violence escalates, the parents are planning to send them away for the holidays.
Living in the better part of town, the four friends are somewhat shielded from the violence. Trying to enjoy life like normal teenagers, they sometime seem almost oblivious to the violence.
In reality, it is always in the back of their minds even as they make jokes to trivialize it. The four parents have known each other since their college days when they lived through the civil war which resulted in the creation of an independent Bangladesh in That year has haunting memories for the four parents. It is also the year in which the parents swapped partners yet managed to keep their friendship alive. It is days away from when Raheen writes the following note to herself: "Dead bang between our beginning and our present, is , of which I know next to nothing except that there was a war and East Pakistan became Bangladesh, and what terrible things we must have done then to remain so silent about it.
Is it the shame at losing the war, or guilt about what we did to try to win that mutes us? Will the parents live up to the expectations of their children? How will Karachi effect the lives of each of the characters? The novel which starts out at slow pace soon becomes difficult to put down. Kartography is a coming of age story of four friends.
Each is very different from the other. Though mainly a story about Raheen and Karim, Zia and Sonia are every bit as intriguing. Karachi is portrayed as a complex city, lively and dangerous. 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.
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As a female born in Pakistan in the early s, in a culture in which girls were expected to become only wives and mothers, Shamsie was fortunate in her family background and the support she received: her affluent and literary family already included several female writers, including her mother, Muneeza Shamsie, and her great-aunt, Attia Hosain. Consequently, her literary aspirations were positively encouraged. After her Pakistani childhood, Shamsie attended university in the US. Though she is now based mainly in the UK, she has homes in all three continents. Her first four novels are set in her home city, Karachi, Pakistan, while Burnt Shadows spans several continents but is partly based in Karachi. Her international experiences have given her a different perspective on her home environment, and this underpins her fiction - she often explores cross-cultural relationships and cultural identity, particularly the burden of cultural history and family expectations.
Karachi is just as important to the story as the two main characters, Raheen and Karim. For those who lived through those years in Karachi, the novel serves as a bittersweet reminder of a difficult time in a beloved city. Their winter holidays have just started and their plans of spending their days roaming the city with two other close friends, Zia and Sonia, are being spoiled by their parents. Nervous about the safety of their children as the ethnic violence escalates, the parents are planning to send them away for the holidays. Living in the better part of town, the four friends are somewhat shielded from the violence. Trying to enjoy life like normal teenagers, they sometime seem almost oblivious to the violence.
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