In the City by the Sea Kamila Shamsie’s debut novel is now the same age as her first protagonist, year-old Hasan, the only child of a lauded. Editorial Reviews. Review. ‘Lively, playful, provocative’ Anita Desai ‘A touching and engrossing In the City by the Sea – Kindle edition by Kamila Shamsie. Kamila Shamsie’s debut novel In the City by the Sea published in and eloquent, charming and quietly political novel is set in an unnamed city in Pakistan.

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Feb 24, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 15, Snsiddiqui91 rated it really liked it. For years Shamsie spent equal amounts of time in London and Wea, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New York State.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She’s witty, and she can talk about an idea without using the name of the idea and pull you into her writing.

SouthernKiwi Jun 25, The story was a little too all over the place, and the neither the plot nor the characters really drew me into the book. Hasan wants to rescue his uncle and kwmila willing to go any length for that yet he also understands his incapacity to actually put any of his plans into action.

Prime Minister of Pakistan’s Award for Literature. Jan 27, Neeti Bharatan rated it did not xity it. I enjoyed the book through a magical and deep meaning perspective, but I was annoyed as well when there was no plot and unfinished things in the story.


Sep 16, Muhammad Waqas rated it liked it.

In the City by the Sea by Kamila Shamsie

I shared those gy and experience. The problem is that while reading, both the events jump back and forth, which may leave a reader confused and frustrated at times. Disappointing, not up to her usual standard, well written but weak story. As the novel progresses, the seemingly interminable to Hasan house arrest ends but things become worse; uncle Salman is taken to prison on a charge of treason.

Padmavat by Purushottam Agrawal Book Review: Plus, there was the smell factor to take into account. Although you and your friend can read the same book, but you cannot read esa together. The themes of sadness, loss and vulnerability are clear in this tale.

You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. The story is mainly that of a young boy growing up in Pakistan, within his family, his country and his imagination. Zehra, the year-old neighbour daughter of Uncle Latif who acts as a guiding hand whenever Hasan is troubled.

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Add shamdie Your books. In her debut novel, Kamila Shamsie gives the reader a glimpse into politics in Pakistan through the eyes of a child as eleven-year-old Hasan’s world is turned upside down when his uncle, a dissenting politician, is arrested and faces a trial for treason.

Read more thw find out. Very creative and imaginative. Whenever there was a joke, I laughed with someone. Set in a land ruled by an oppresive military regime, this eloquent, charming and quietly political novel vividly recreates the confusing world of kamia young boy on the edge of adulthood, and beautifully illustrates the transformative power of the imagination.

The contrast between his childlike imagination and mature, worldly conversations with his parents makes it hard to root Hasan down into his age group.


It’s like reading a character sketch of Hasan and a few members of his family, leading to a tragic end that could have been modified into something better. Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Through the eyes of these two we witness the growing political tensions, the house arrest of Salman and his eventual imprisonment for treason. In the City by the Sea by Kamila Shamsie.

In the City by the Sea

I shamsis the sensory detail in this book and it made me feel like I could visualise Karachi, despite h Enjoyable, with a likeable protagonist, not as plot driven as the books I usually enjoy.

His reeling family has 40 days to figure out how they might save him.

This one is her debut, but is just as good. Hasan and his family, and the rest of the inhabitants of this unnamed Pakistani city, must live with civil strikes and the resultant days off school and work, curfews and political unrest. Notify me of new posts by email.

A very touching account of how the world can be interpreted by children, the things they see and hear but do not understand and how they find ways to cope.

Besides his adoration of his parents, Hasan also adores his maternal uncle, Salman Mamoo, who is a politician under house-arrest.

I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. I am very glad I read this. Hasan is eleven years shamwie.

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