In the City by the Sea

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A&C Black, Jun 6, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Hasan is eleven years old. 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. One early summer morning, while lazing happily on the roof, Hasan watches a young boy flying a yellow kite fall to his death. Soon after, Hasan's idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason... Set in a land ruled by an oppresive military regime, this eloquent, charming and quietly political novel vividly recreates the confusing world of a young boy on the edge of adulthood, and beautifully illustrates the transformative power of the imagination.

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User Review  - Neeti Bharatan - Goodreads

Kamila seems very confused. 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 English was bizarre, very old ... Read full review

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User Review  - Javeria - Goodreads

Language is used beautifully but plot is week. Read full review


Chapter Three
Chapter Nine
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter TwentyOne
Chapter TwentyTwo
Chapter TwentyFive

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About the author (2011)

Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. Her first novel IN THE CITY BY THE SEA, was published in 1998 and shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys / Mail on Sunday Prize. In 1999 she also received The Award for Literature in Pakistan and published her second novel SALT AND SAFFRON to critical acclaim. Kamila lives in London and Karachi.

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