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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Jul 11, Melinda rated it it was ok. There are parts in the book which I found really annoying and unrealistic, but I think I’ll forgive Shamsie for that because it’s her first book, but that doesn’t mean they’re not annoying.
Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Hasan is 11 years old and has an idyllic life which kamola shattered when his uncle, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason. 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. Lovedddd this book; the plot, the analogies, the profound comical phrases. Recent Posts Book Review: Uncle Latif is the fun guy always found making fun of Shehreyar and Shakespeare.
Notify me of new posts by email. So what if the happiest ending that comes to mind is one which requires erstwhile good-guys to use the tools of a tyrant? I loved the sensory detail in this book and it made me feel like I could visualise Karachi, despite having never been there. 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.
Also, Hasan’s feelings regarding neighboring boy’s death are hardly mentioned anywhere in the book, which made me think that was it really necessary to put the event in the book?
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But sadly, even his jealousy when Zehra starts getting closer to Hasan’s cousin didn’t create any dramatic ripples in the story, which was very sad for someone like me who has deeply enjoyed Kamila Shamsie’s work.
It’s a charming coming-of-age type of book where a young boy wrestles with the death of a friend, political conflicts in his native India, and his talented sometimes quirky family. 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. Reading, I’ve found, is something you do your own, it’s not like a movie which you can go for with friends.
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.
Basically, if you asked, I would have no idea whether to recommend this book to you or not. The story of In The City By The Sea revolves around eleven years old Hasan, who is living in a country w Political genre books are of color grey, there’s no black or white in them. Plus, there was the smell factor to take into account.
Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 74 43. All in all though it is a good read. Mar 16, Daniel Adam Garwood rated it really liked it. Its not a fast paced story but there are some wonderful pieces that describe a young boys imagination and the places they go.
And this is the second time I read Shamsie and I felt I had someone holding my hand as I read the book. The characters are too witty, always making clever remarks and word jokes, and the whole book just didn’t come together for me.
Her characters both haunt and delight. Add to Your books. 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. He loves cricket, pomegranates, the night sky, his clever, vibrant artistic mother and his etymologically obsessed lawyer father, and he adores his next-door neighbour Zehra.
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In the City by the Sea
Some clever word play. Another beautifully written novel th Kamila Shamsie. Feb 24, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: Her slightly eccentric minor characters The Oldest Man and The Widow provided plenty of smiles while dispensing their own brand of philosophy on life. Soon after, Hasan’s idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason.
So it wasn’t as bad fity I remembered. This is the feeling that only Shamsie books have evoked in me. The plot line was a bit gentle for my taste, but it’s a very accomplished book and an enjoyable read. Apr 05, Ross Jasper rated it did thhe like it. The weird thing about In The City By The Sea is that Kamila is trying to connect two very sperate events that are happening in Hasan’s life so that it can turn into something meaningful.
There are moments when Hasan and year-old Zehra emerge a little too mature for their age, and the motivation for their relationship is unclear.
This depressing turn of events is a huge disappointment for the close-knit family. Extremely imaginative and full of feather-like nuances.
The clunky prose and the disjointed narrative don’t help either. No current Talk conversations about this book. Initially, an impression is given that Hasan is an imaginative boy, which many year-old kids are.
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Although, there’s was a lack of page turning plot in the story, nevertheless I believe that Shamsie ciy beautifully! But suddenly, he is arrested and disappears. Whenever there was a joke, I laughed with someone.