In the City by the Sea
- Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
- Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-04-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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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 oppressive 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.
Kamila Shamsie was born in 1973 in Pakistan. She is the author of five novels: In the City by the Sea, Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Salt and Saffron, Broken Verses, and Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize). In 1999 she received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature and in 2004 the Patras Bokhari Award - both awarded by the Pakistan Academy of Letters. Kamila Shamsie lives in London.
"A touching and engrossing story... an assured debut" ( The Times)
"Full of fun, longing and wit... a debut of spirit and imagination, loaded with intelligent charm" (Ali Smith, Scotsman)
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By Losa on 09-01-16
A clever & insightful, yet thoroughly entertaining book. A child's-eye view of the world, politics & people gives a different perspective to a heavy and deep subject: in a questioning, humorous and reflective way. I love the sense of humour & life in the characters and how this challenges the prevailing & limited portrayal of this country in western media (not least the female authorship).
I cannot wait to start on the rest of Kamala Shamsie's books. Highly, highly recommended.