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Preview — In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
“The rural rootedness and gentle humour of R.K. Narayan with the literary sophistication and stylishness of Jhumpa Lahiri.”—Financial Times
Passing from the mannered drawing rooms of Pakistan’s cities to the harsh mud villages beyond, Daniyal Mueenuddin’s linked stories describe the interwoven lives of an aging feudal landowner, his servants and managers, and his extended
The eight loosely interconnected stories revolve around K.K. Harouni - a rich Pakistani landowner - and a network of his servants, employees, relatives and opportunists. In "Saleema" a young maid seeks patronage in Harouni's household in the beds of o ...more
Mueenuddin, who was born to a Pakistani fath ...more
Yes, the author knows what he's ...more
In Other Rooms,Other Wonders is a collection of eight short stories. Mueenuddin interlaces these eight stories, linking them to the household of a wealthy and self-satisfied landowner named K.K. Harouni.
Mueenuddin has tried to reveal the complexities of Pakistani class and culture and I felt that Mueenuddin's Pakistan is ONLY dark, depressing and ble ...more
The stories are based on the rich families of Pakistani Punjabis owning thousands of acres, multiple houses in cit ...more
I didn't dislike the writing. I don't think it's ~zomg beautiful~ or Pultizer or National Book Award material, but I often have some beef with those kinds of "big" awards anyway (even if I am sometimes drawn to them). I liked the writing style perfectly well, actually.
I just have an issue with the vast majority of short stories being depressing. This book certainly lives up to that stereotype, as every single story is plenty depressing--and th ...more
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders is a group of eight loosely-connected (and non-chronological) short stories set in Pakistan, about people all connected in one way or another with a wealthy Pakistani family. The conne ...more
Mueenuddin's book consists of several short stories that offer a look at the people inside and around a Pakistani family. K.K. Harouni lives in Lahore and owns lands away from the big city. He's got a weird family, servants and associates, and all this serves to broaden Mueenuddin's perspective. There is a total of eight short stories in this book, and the reader can visit a lot of places and social classes over the course of the book. There is also a sense of progress within the stories, but th ...more
The patriarch, KK Harouni, of the feudal landowning class, owns a farm in Dunyapur and a mansion in Lahore. In the title story, we meet him in the final years of his life, living mostly in Lahore, apart from his estranged wife, having surrendered the management of his farm to the corrupt Chaudrey Jaglani. When ...more
My stepmother's friend (whom I need to get this book back to as it belongs to her) wrote a brief note that is on a stickee inside the book. It reads, "I loved reading this book. It gives us more insight into another culture, which we have if we meddle there!"
The stories were interesting enough; set i ...more