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Karachi, You're Killing Me ! [Paperback]

Imtiaz , Saba
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House India (1 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8184004605
  • ISBN-13: 978-8184004601
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but could have been better 17 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked up a paper back version of this book, and I must say could not put this book down till I was like done with it. It was a very entertaining book, though Saba Imtiaz could have done a marginally better job at it, especially with the ending, the ending felt too abrupt, haste and kind of inconclusive, such minor errors could be over looked considering it is her debut novel. The lead character Ayesha Khan in a nutshell is a journalist working for a new English language newspaper based in Karachi whose boss struggles to pay their employees on time, while is obsessed with take away Chinese Food, and the novel is more or less her day to day rant of living in a place like Karachi. For Non Pakistani's who want a glance into the world of middle class Pakistani's, this is maybe not the best book, as it reflects through its characters the sub culture of a very tiny educated elite of Karachi's upper and upper middle classes that live a fairly westernized life style and see their surroundings from an oriental perspective as if their in a foreign land. If you are from Pakistan, especially Karachi and belong to this particular sub culture like myself, please grab a copy or download this on your kindle, I promise, you will not be disappointed and who knows you may be able to really relate to the characters. It felt as if I knew the characters first hand after reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 April 2014
By Arshi
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Superbly written , if you are from that part of the world you will be able to relate to so many things Saba described in her book . Hillarious , humoures and some very serious stuff .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good one time read 12 April 2014
By rohit - Published on Amazon.com
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Only reason I read it inspite of being a chic lit is that it is based in Karachi. Good one time read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 10 April 2014
By usman zia - Published on Amazon.com
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Saba Imtiaz has taken good care in keeping the narrative true to life in Karachi. The subtleties of her interactions with policemen, rickshaw drivers, guards etc leave a refreshing impression about a city where life moves at a very fast pace. Readers would find this book interesting in 50 years time as well, when it will have a historic element to life in karachi.
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK for a one time read 22 Jun 2014
By Subhash Mehta - Published on Amazon.com
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Found it one more of the same kind based on terrorism with nothing new or interesting. Read it if have nothing else.
3.0 out of 5 stars Juicy stuff about Pakistani way of life 14 Jun 2014
By Ashutosh Dhar - Published on Amazon.com
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It is not ground breaking, or earth shattering novel.
A regular novel, by all means. What i loved about it was the details on Karachi and other parts of Pakistan. Being an Indian, all of it sounded strangely familiar and was easily related to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rip-roaring riot of a read 2 Mar 2014
By Alex Strick van Linschoten - Published on Amazon.com
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For a long time, those interested in Pakistan (or South Asia in general) have had to be content with a series of fairly overwritten/overwrought novels. Not many voice this frustration in public, but I doubt I am the only one to feel it.

Our wait is over.

'Karachi, You're Killing Me' is a tour-de-force rampage of a novel that tears through the realities of living in a metropolis-mega-city like Karachi as a twenty-something female journalist. From tracking down disappeared political prisoners to the travails of covering fashion week, Saba Imtiaz brings the city to life in a way that no book (with the possible exception of Mohammad Hanif's Our Lady of Alice Bhatti) has so far.

If you've always been curious about Karachi and wanted to go, come on up: Saba Imtiaz's debut novel is waiting to take you there.
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