In Other Rooms, Other Wonders illuminates a place and people as it describes the overlapping worlds of an extended Pakistani landowning family. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. By Daniyal Mueenuddin Ushered into the living room by the secretary after a quarter of an hour, Husna. Reading Daniyal Mueenuddin’s mesmerizing first collection, “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders,” is like watching a game of blackjack, the shrewd.
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Government measures to provide dahiyal staple food for the poor, free high protein nourishment for their children and work creation schemes for their parents are doomed to fail where corruption takes the largest share. The stories revolve around a network of his relatives, employees or servants. Harouni for tending the tube wells would not even begin to suffice.
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
And the details never felt to me like a burden, never felt like someone was trying to teach me a lesson about modern Wondrs. Help Center Find new research papers in: He described himself as being in the profession of identifying characters, both in his writing and in his business at home. Stories of Flo and Rose. The author turns phrases beautifully, and made me wish that one could return to Lahore.
He brings to vivid and compelling life a country and its people. Daniyal Mueenuddin is a writer of enormous ambition, and othdr has the prodigious talent to match. This is oter of the best set of short stories I have read. Mueenuddin takes the stories of a wide range of people, from poor servants to the landed rich, to form a cross section of Pakistani society, the common thread being their relationship to an old aristocratic land-owner and his family.
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Womders author has lived in both Pakistan and the U. Regardless, I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed short stories and learning about different cultures.
The stories engaged me and I found them easy to read. Even these liberals categorize marriage as the restriction and oppression on females. Another story focuses on the son of a rich landowner, who is dating an American girl. The stories move along at a measured, enjoyable pace while readers feel like they have a good grasp of what its like to walk fooms the shoes of the various characters. Partially, they seem to write for the ‘foreign’ audience because all this stuff would be exotic and more interesting mueenyddin them.
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Some of the stories, most notably Our Lady of Paris, seem to be pastiches of thoughts strung together. It is possible that I am being less objective than others because of my roots in the subcontinent. Once they die, the household elite simply see the women as ‘cheap whores’ and banish them from service returning them to their former misery. But they feel very real.
But their journey mueenuddon Paris, to spend time with each other and his parents, is unoriginal and often too sentimental. And if you’re a poor woman, you’re doubly screwed. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I concede lther few descriptive passages does evoke a sense of ‘rural Pakistan’, but it is is hardly worth praising when you consider the flimsy plots, otheer themes and unconvincing characters.
They are well constructed and generally pretty sad. Your entire life and well-being is dependent on the whims and fate of your landowning boss.
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Together the stories in In Other Rooms, Other Wonders make up a vivid portrait of feudal Pakistan, describing the advantages and constraints of social station, the dissolution of old ways, and the shock of change. Sadly, women and the poor suffer in this tiered society regardless of their class, and many have a sense of resignation that their circumstance and tragedies These eight marvelous short stories give the reader an idea of Pakistan’s society at all levels.
Refined, sensuous, by turn humorous, elegiac, and tragic, Mueenuddin evokes the complexities of the Pakistani feudal order as it is undermined and transformed. The stories uncover a multicolored society in which people’s social status and expectations are understood without being explained, and in which the class system and poverty are shown to influence any decision made at a critical moment in the characters’ lives.
Even mother of Sohail also admires the beauty of Helen. All of which were sorely lacking in this book. Harouni, a powerful landowner. Other stories portray the elite, noticably ‘Our Lady of Paris’, a beautifully written story about a son taking his girlfriend to meet the matriarch of the family for approval. It’s fun tracking these characters, digging back to where you’ve seen them before, suddenly realizing that the foolish son in one story is the brilliant man in another.
Stylistically, I liked it.
Like Dickens, there is as much grief and sorrow as joy in most of these lives, as fortunes rise and then often fall. So, the idea seems to be that if you’re among the lower class, even if you adapt to the system, your margins still are rather thin.
To rephrase the old Lincoln adage: Put it on your to-read book! Well crafted and very readable. Harouni, patriarch of a family in a declining landed class. Instead these interrelated stories provide a Dickensian portrayal of lives lived at nearly every level of social strata – wealthy landowners, their descendants, and those who rely on them for their livelihood. Rich men, rich women, poor men and poor women – all make themselves known in this book. Don’t have a Kindle?
That’s true even if you’re revolted by the male-dominated society and poor treatment of women.
But reading this book of connected stories set in post-partition Pakistan rooms me wondering. My favorite passage in the book sums up the dependency of servants on their masters.
Books like this are why I generally stay away from fiction.
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
This was just a bunch of made up stories where no characters really dankyal any redeeming values–and if they do, horrible things happen to them to put them back in their place. Basically, it is shown that for a woman to gain stability or climb the social ladder in such a patriarchal society, all they have to do is open their legs to any man who can provide them with these assurances, which is a very bleak outlook for Pakistani women.
For this is perhaps the most disturbing message of these moving stories: