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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Filed Under November 1, Dec 15, Shivam Kalra rated it liked it. I found I was unable to engage with the characters and story of this novel as well as I had with the other Shamsie novels I have read. This is my third book my Shamsie and I had decided to abdicate ever reading her and this was just the redemption that was requisite for me to come around and give her another try.

I have read and enjoyed other books by this author. Another thing which made me restless while reading the book was Hasan’s age group that has been defined in the story. This is my first introduction to Shamsie’s work, which is highly acclaimed in England where she resides, and elsewhere.

A Novel by Kamila Shamsie. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is the feeling that only Shamsie books have evoked in me. Open Preview See a Problem? I for one wanted to give up on the book in between. He is an adored only child, who completes the circle of love at home, where he lives with his vibrant, artistic mother whom he refers to as Ami and his intelligent word-loving father, Aba.


Books by Kamila Shamsie. Extremely imaginative and full of feather-like nuances. Very creative and imaginative. The book is set in an unnamed city — probably Karachi — ruled by an oppressive military regime.

So when something in the story happened and I cried, I didn’t cry alone, I had a shoulder to cry on. Animals Marco Polo Saw: Pakistani-born Shamsie is extremely articulate and I really enjoyed the warmth of this family, and the resourceful, mature Hasan.

The characters are too witty, always making clever remarks and word jokes, and the whole book just didn’t come together for me. Jan 27, Neeti Bharatan rated it did not like it. Each book has to be treated separately. It opens with him witnessing the accidental death of another boy. Only the protagonist is properly developed. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Shamsie is the daughter of literary critic and writer Muneeza Shamsiethe niece of celebrated Indian novelist Attia Hosainand the granddaughter of the memoirist Begum Sha,sie Habibullah.

I loved 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. I have read Kamila Shamsie’s books before, but this was the first time I was reading a book more related to character sketches. The delighted flyer watches his colorful dancing speck rather than his own footing, and plummets to his tragic death.

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Apr 24, Jane rated it really liked it. In a mad scramble to read as much Shamsie as I could before reviewing her latest novel I managed to inhale one of her earliest novels. It is a tale of political instability in Pakistan and how it affects those l In the City by the Sea is a heart-rending tale of the main protagonist Hasan, who at a very young age 11 must learn to deal with many issues in his native country of Pakistan.


I enjoy books where the protagonist has learned something valuable along the way and there’s no This is my first introduction to Shamsie’s work, which is highly acclaimed in England where she resides, and elsewhere.

In the City by the Sea

Still, it has many elements that Shamsie continued to use in her hy – smart, verbally sophisticated characters, a xea sense of place, an understanding of history, the bonds of family life and the way politics can infiltrate everything. Feb 24, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: Stacker Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: It borders the story of his life where his maternal Uncle, Salman Mammoo, is under house arrest for the act of treason.

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Everything is seen through the eyes of the eleven year shxmsie Hasan, who does not fully understand the politics and violence. Like Shehryar father is a lawyer who is a Shakespeare fan, so is often found making those references, Saira mother is a painter, but a bit protective about family and very understanding, so is Shehryar, so there isn’t much difference in them. View all 6 comments. Feb 03, Samia rated it it was amazing.