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 heard a lot about Kamila Shamsie, but read her first time. 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. View all 8 comments. So I picked up In the City by the Sea.

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The clunky prose and the disjointed narrative don’t help either. I don’t know who it was, but I know someone was. Still, it has many elements that Shamsie continued to use in her novels – smart, verbally sophisticated characters, a solid sense of place, an understanding of history, the bonds of family life and the way politics can infiltrate everything.

If I compare Burnt Shadows with this one, the growth chart is off the roof, and then to see that yb started as such a good writer and then her skills honed even more, I adore for the love she has for writing. One early summer morning, while lazing happily on the roof, Hasan hte a young boy flying a yellow kite fall to his death.

This ln the feeling that only Shamsie books have evoked in me.

I also feel there are too many italicised, unfamiliar words. Be the first to ask a question about In the City by the Sea. Read more to find out. Animals Marco Polo Saw: I loved the sensory detail in this book and it hy me feel like I could visualise Karachi, despite h Enjoyable, with a likeable protagonist, not as plot driven as the books I usually enjoy. Three Daughters of Eve. Apr 29, Val rated it really liked it Shelves: Although you and your friend can read the same book, but you cannot read it together.


Amidst all this Hasan must work through his thoughts and feelings and deal with this injustice at such a tender age.

Kamila seems very confused. The characters are too witty, always making clever remarks and word jokes, and the whole book just didn’t come together for me. Project Gutenberg 0 editions.

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In the City by the Sea by Kamila Shamsie. You have to be male or poor to do that. The only book I can ever remember not finishing. Maybe Kamila wanted to show how bravely Hasan can suppress his feeling of being a witness to such tragic event?

b Hasan wants to rescue his uncle and is willing to b any length for that yet he also understands his incapacity to actually put any of his b into action.

I enjoy books where the protagonist has learned something valuable along the way and there’s no better genre for watching this type of evolution than a coming-of-age book. The problem is that while reading, both the events jump back akmila forth, which may leave a reader confused and frustrated at times. I for one wanted to give up on the book in between. 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.

You will also find here what authors like Omar Shahid hamid do so liberally in novels: I’ve seen people do that with Room by Emma Donoghue. The story of In The City By The Sea revolves around eleven years old Hasanwho oamila living in a country which is under the dictatorial military rule. Son of an artist mother who owns a gallery and a father who is obsessed with etymology, Hassan’s life is depicted in a very colorful way in the book.


Hasan and his best friend and neighbour Zehra are intelligent, observant children and make a charming pair – Hasan is imaginative and Zehra wise beyond her years. Sep 16, Muhammad Waqas rated it liked it. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. Her later books, like the brilliant novel Burnt Shadowsshow her fity, her expertise.

But suddenly, he is arrested and disappears. Feb 20, Ayesha Amin rated it did not like it. Soon after, Hasan’s idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested ny charged with treason.

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.

Initially, an impression is given that Hasan is an imaginative boy, which many year-old bj are. Apr 27, Shreya Vaid rated it liked it. His beloved uncle, an opposition politiican, is arrested for treason and Hasan’s life is turned upside down. I have read Kamila Shamsie’s books before, but this was the first time I was reading a book more related to character sketches.

This one is her debut, but is just as good.