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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Recent Posts Book Review: The book starts with him watching his neighbour “The boy” later named Azeem falling off of roof leading to his death. This is a theme which runs through the book. The contrast between his childlike imagination and mature conversations makes it hard to place Hasan down into his age group.

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

So what if the happiest ending that comes to mind is one which requires erstwhile good-guys to use the tools of a tyrant?

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 tne to politics in any way and only want hy live a happy life.

In the City by the Sea

Jun 21, Lauren rated it liked it. There were some moments of plot stupidity, but they were balanced by sudden, smart writing.

Shamsie is the daughter of literary critic and writer Muneeza Shamsiethe niece of celebrated Indian novelist Attia Hosainand the granddaughter of the memoirist Begum Jahanara Habibullah. I also feel there are too many italicised, unfamiliar words. I enjoyed her first novel. A Novel by Kamila Shamsie. 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.

The contrast between his childlike imagination and bg conversations makes it hard to place Hasan down into his age group. Taking place in a fictional city titled “City”, which is by the sea called “Sea”, the book captures the events happening “In swa City by the Sea”, hence the name. Hasan wants to rescue his uncle and is willing to go any length for that yet he also understands his incapacity to actually put any of his plans into action.

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The characters are too witty, always making clever remarks and word jokes, and the whole book just didn’t come together for me. 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.

Jul 13, Anum Shaharyar rated it it was ok Shelves: The Guardian nutshells it with this blurb: With her writing, she compels the readers to visualise the tiniest bit of details and make use of their imagination. If I compare Burnt Shadows with this one, the growth chart is off the roof, and then to see that she started as such a good writer and then her skills honed even more, I adore for the love she has for writing.

Oct 12, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: I like Kamila’s style of writing. Soon after, Hasan’s idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason Hasan is 11 years old and has an idyllic life which is shattered when his uncle, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason.

The story, to be honest, is a bit all over the place and got a bit chunky, but the book has that same poetic prose that Shamsie is known for, and it’s both beautiful and painful. A simple tale, beautifully written.

In the City by the Sea by Kamila Shamsie

And soon after, Hasan’s idyllic and sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved Uncle Salman is thrown behind bars, awaiting a military trial for treason against the dictator. Dec 15, Snsiddiqui91 rated it really liked it. One early summer morning, while lazing happily on the roof, Hasan watches a young boy flying a yellow kite fall to his death.


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. This innocently told story is not the most obvious way to respond yb all that, but it works very well. To ask other readers questions about In the City by the Seaplease sign up.

Very creative and imaginative. He also has a great sense of imagination and escapes into his own fantasy world, as a means of shansie, when things become unbearable.

But as soon as I turned the page, something meaningful would come up that would make me stick to it.

B is a gentle and poetic book, for the most part, despite those sudden violent intrusions. Nov 19, Alex English rated it liked it. His beloved uncle Salman, once a powerful political force, has endured house arrest surrounded by entertaining family members who indulge him his silly jokes and his love of pine cones.

I shared those moments and experience. In the City by the Sea by Kamila Shamsie. The only book I can ever remember not finishing. References to this work on external resources. The strong, mature child protagonists like those of her later book Kartography are here again.

Nevertheless, I’m glad that most readers were able to appreciate how beautifully Shamsie writes, even with the occasional superfluous wit. Thd by Purushottam Agrawal Book Review: The protagonist of this charming coming-of-age debut novel is year-old Hasan.

Earlier this year, I ended up reading Burnt Shadows by Shamsie which is hte to be her best book till date. Title gives you feel that it will be something about the city and people in it which as not the case. In the City by the Sea by Kamila Shamsie. She’s witty, and she can talk about an idea without using the name of the idea and pull you into her writing.