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
The eight stories concern the rich and the poor. In many instances, we see the interaction between the two classes and the poor seem to always get screwed in some fashion. The most likeable characters for me were the two American women - one who initially thought she wanted to marry the pleasant, young, rich P ...more
Yes, the author knows what he's talking about. As a member of the Pakistani jet set, the son of an American mother and a Pakistani father, and a graduate of Dartmouth and Yale, he is well-qualified to write about the gossipy failings and foibles ...more
“Read it again!” she likes to say, whenever I hate a book she loves. Because we both have such similar taste in books, it takes a while for us to accept the reality of our conflicting opinions about ...more
Mueenuddin, who was born to a Pakistani fath ...more
Pakistan is portrayed rather bleakly. The rich seem either corrupt, lazy or greedy. Inherited wealth seem to be either squandered or milked by sycophants. The poor are really poor. All people seem to be looking for a way to make easy money. There are a lot of traditions, meanness and small mindedness.
The characters come from different classes, ages, sexes, fortunes. They are well constructed and generally p ...more
The interlinked narratives evoke the lives of peasants and landlords from multiple perspectives, generating a solid sense of place and character. Overall effect is better than a novel because the stories reduce the tediousness a novel can most-likely fall into.
I found the first two or three stories rather shallow and the character ...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 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
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