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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It is a gentle and poetic book, for the most part, despite those sudden violent intrusions. Become a LibraryThing Author. While there are interesting bits in the novel, overall its too much of philosophy that’s too coming from a child makes very little sense. In The City By The Sea by Kamila Shamsie is one such book that revolves around Pakistani politics but under huge influence of an year-old’s imagination.

Jun 21, Lauren rated it liked it. Be sjamsie first to ask a question about In the City kamika the Sea.

If I look at it overall, this character sketch was magical, but it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. It opens with him witnessing the accidental death of another boy.

No trivia or quizzes yet. A simple tale, beautifully written. Jul 13, Anum Shaharyar rated it it was ok Shelves: Unfortunately, it was only while reading this novel that I realized it was a trend that all Pakistani authors seem to be following. It isn’t revealed what the act of treason was that Salman Mamoo committed – just that he is the head of a political party ACE Anti-Corruption Enterprise whose aim is to bring democracy in the country- but seeing someone so close to Hasan under house arrest, where the house is bugged, then taken to jail affects him.


Kamila Shamsie was born in in Karachi, where she grew up.

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It seems to be viewing big policitcal events fron a child’s perspective. Aug 12, Parsa Tamkinat rated it liked it. I for one wanted to give up on the book in between. Despite the fact I started off thinning I was reading a different book but Kamila Shamsie and being very confused Apr 27, Shreya Vaid rated it liked it. Oct 12, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: So it wasn’t as bad as I remembered.

It borders the story of his life where his maternal Uncle, Salman Mammoo, is under house arrest for the act of treason.

Hasan resolves to save his uncle, he questions the Oldest Man and hatches plots he can never carry out. Another thing to notice in Shamsie’s novels In the City by The Sea and Burnt Shadows is that she doesn’t discuss the exact politics, and politicians trying to win, but how the current political situation is affecting the local people, that aren’t related to politics in any way and only want to live a happy life.


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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dec 15, Snsiddiqui91 rated it really liked it. Apr 05, Ross Jasper rated it did not like it.

Besides his adoration of his parents, Hasan esa adores his maternal uncle, Salman Mamoo, who is a politician under house-arrest. Will definitely read more by her.

This is a theme which runs through the book. Jul 11, Melinda rated it it was ok. Soon after, Hasan’s idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason Political nature of the country is tyrannical and everyone hates the President.

The story was a little syamsie all over the place, and the neither the plot nor the characters really drew me into the book. Padmavat by Purushottam Agrawal Book Review: Yes, he would even give up the promise of high cheekbones. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.