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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When a hy focuses on the servant class, American readers have no trouble understanding these Pakistanis, their lot roomw life and their struggle to rise. So everyone is trying to grasp for whatever is within reach, trying to survive the transformation. Harouni, a feudal landowner slowly losing power as the times change.

The stories are loosely tied together by the wealthy K. As always in a collection of stories, some were stronger than others. But then it started to get more interesting and the later stories were, for me, much more interesting and absorbing.

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Not only the wealthy family members come to life — we also see their servants, spouses, and other connections. This tells that wondfrs is not just looking for sex and protection but a deeper intimacy.

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 are their due. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Materialism seems to be the motivating force for all, as the rich want to get richer or maintain their status, and the mueenuddni actions are driven by the desire to move upwards.

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However, the story isn’t just about him but rather his love for a servant girl named Zainab and how his love for her ruins them both.

Only one small problem – and maybe this is a problem that only applies to me – I felt like I was ohter a book by Jhumpa Lahiri, or Anita Desai, or even Salman Rushdie. Depicting a society where protocol and the family you come from means so much though increasingly not as much as it used tothe author’s use of recurring characters and their descendants is effective.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. He is almost an innocent, not noticing that his servants are taking extreme, an Mueenuddin has put together a collection of stories that offers a less than flattering portrait of Pakistan.

In A Spoiled Man we learn of a business that the police engage in outside their legal duties. Is this feature helpful? For a dniyal Husna and K. In “Saleema” a young maid seeks patronage in Harouni’s household in the beds of o I know next to nothing about Pakistan, aside from the fact that this country seems to be overrun by terrorists, so reading this Pulitzer prize nominated collection of short stories gave me a new perspective on the country and people who live in it.

Placed in chronological order, the settings, lives and characters at first held close resemblance to India. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. He now lives on a farm in Pakistan’s southern Punjab.

And the details never felt to me like a burden, never felt like someone was trying to teach me a lesson about modern Pakistan.

Sometimes this attraction results in temporary financial aid, being married with them or earns other social benefits as job, house or something else to live. Well, it doesn’t do a very good job of it.


Twentieth- and earlyst century Pakistan is presented here through the eyes of the landowners and their peons. Click here to sign up. This is not the Pakistan of the news headlines, bombings, assassination, political strife, extremism. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. While some reviewers seemed to think the author was as one reviewer put it in the background wagging his finger, I felt that the author seemed okay with it all.

Often short story collections suffer from being a hodgepodge of otber styles, depending on the publications they were first written for. So she seduces the rich landowner Harouni who is the common denominator in all the storiestakes him as her lover, and takes advantage of his generosity.

Harouni, an aging landlord whose family occupies high status in Pakistan. Aug 03, Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it.

Understandably, strong characterizations need to be rooted in a work of such fertile scope, and Mueenuddin has succeeded with richly rounded people who are hopefully fatalistic, caring, and pragma Mueenuddin has given us 8 linked short stories about modern Pakistan as experienced by the landowner K.

Basically, it is shown that for a woman to gain stability or climb the social ladder in oyher 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.