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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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. Padmavat by Purushottam Agrawal Book Review: Up on his roof one afternoon, enjoying his favorite pomegranate, Hasan cheers with great excitement as the sea breezes catch the yellow kite of another young boy a few rooftops away.

When I give a new author a spin around my brain, I like to start with an early work, which this one is. Apr 29, Val rated it really liked it Shelves: It didn’t matter if I was sitting in my bed alone reading, or commuting to work fully immersed in the book not caring about who was around me. In the City by the Sea by Kamila Shamsie. Apr 27, Shreya Vaid rated it liked it.

But even though this is one of her weaker works, it still retains a certain charm, and most of this is due to the fact that Shamsie knows how to write really well. It took me a while to get into the story, perhaps bt the older I get, the harder I find to connect with a child protagonist, but the writing style eventually pulled me in.


The book is set in an unnamed city — probably Karachi — ruled by an oppressive military regime. Initially, an impression is given that Hasan is an imaginative boy, which many year-old kids are.

In the City by the Sea

Soon after, Hasan’s idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason. References to this work on external resources.

I wanted to give it 4 stars, 1 can be taken away for chunky writing, but I’m cutting another one because of the characterisation. The book starts with him watching his neighbour “The boy” later named Azeem falling off of roof leading to his death.

Your email address will not be published. So basically, even though there is comfort in our share experiences, we clearly are progressing nowhere fast. Lovedddd this book; the plot, the analogies, the profound comical phrases. Hasan resolves to save his uncle, he questions the Oldest Man and hatches plots he can never carry out.

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She now lives primarily in London. And in this book, the odds are the imprisonment of a loved uncle. Feb 03, Samia rated it it was amazing. Another thing which made me restless while reading the book was Hasan’s age group that has been defined in the story.

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Although you and your friend can read the same book, but you cannot read it together. So it wasn’t as bad as I remembered.

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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 bj the story. It’s like watching a flower begin to blossom in a rapid progression of still shots taken through time. I felt the story and plot could have ny together better,was left with a feeling that something was missing. So I picked up In the City by the Sea.

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I was trying to find out where the location of the book was, what she was trying to portray, which time period, which country???? The characters are too witty, always making clever remarks and word jokes, and the whole book just didn’t come together for me. May 03, Margaret rated it it was ok.

This is the feeling that only Shamsie books have evoked in me. CD Audiobook 0 editions. Read more to find out.

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