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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Mueenuddin is a descriptive and detailed writer and makes Pakistan come to life.

I look forward to discussing it with that group and may adjust my review after that discussion! Open Preview See a Daniyap In fact, Islam is hardly mentioned when it forms such a huge part of people’s public and private life. He is in his seventies at this point, and facing death. Jaglani, Zainab, Rafik, Saleema and some other servants of Mr. Harouni, a wealthy fictional figure of acclaim, authority, and artful corruption. Pakistan is portrayed rather bleakly. But, this is mueeuddin just about coming to grips with your place in society; it’s about the beauty of the land, too.

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But the book jacket says “these stories comprehensively illuminate a world” and says the stories describe “the advantages and constraints of social station.

And maybe all he was trying to do was create a social commentary illustrating the disconnect between two specific social classes in Pakistan. While reading this book, I truly felt like I had been transported to Pakistan and was right there along with all the characters. 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.

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I purchased this paperback in on sale. And – something I often don’t find in short stories – you actually feel like you’ve reached a real end, like you’ve been told all you need to know.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. That’s a much more real, more hopeful, more HUMAN story of suffering–if that’s what you’re looking for. Jun 01, Alan rated it really liked it Recommended to Alan by: The author does a great job of giving you a real feel for Pakistan without getting bogged down in unnecessary details.

Mueenuddin weaves a sincere sense of place, as well as a fascinating look at the dynamics between people.

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vaniyal But, not just Pakistan. 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 of the international leisure class.

Some readers here complain that the moral center otther the stories is ambiguous, and that their world view is too often bleak. Jul 01, Paige rated it it was ok Recommends it for: And the best I can now say about it is that I no longer hate it. A wondegs of place is very strong in all the stories, including one set in France.

Helen is shown to fulfilling the financial gap through the love of Sohail, using her beauty and body. To add to my troubles, as someone who has the conceit to post reviews of books I’ve read I also have t Normally the glowing endorsements on the back and inside cover of rooma publication should be taken in the same spirit as any other kind of advertising-speak.

Through their eyes we get to know a bit of what the country is all about. Apr 30, Ron rated it it was amazing. Well, it doesn’t do a very good job of it.


It’s a collection of loosely connected short stories some repeating character and events that paint a picture of life in Pakistan. Refined, sensuous, by turn humorous, elegiac, and tragic, Mueenuddin evokes the complexities of the Pakistani feudal order as it is undermined and transformed. And so is joy and happiness and strength and fortitude.

The stories tackle issues of wealth and the grand and ostentatious lives that the wealthy in Pakistan lead, issues of poverty and how the servant class struggles with daily life and is entirely dependent on the wealthy class for their livelihood, women and their daily struggles with life and motherhood and much, much more.

I come away from this book with the message that “Pakistanis are weak and violent and immoral, wrapped up in greed and pride and artificial facades. I know many people appreciate this writing style, but I’m a little tired of it.

Return to Book Page. But while the social structures that come under his gaze are less than ideal, his writing is top notch, his ability to create memorable and accessible characters is superb. As a whole, the collection is random and disjointed and not much fun to read.

The author really wonfers not have to return to his Pakistani roots to write these stories She while living with Jaglani uses her beauty and sexual appeals to seduce him and they both start making love with each other. Overall effect is better than a novel because the stories reduce the tediousness a novel can most-likely fall into. If you’re a non-Pakistani reader, take it with a grain of salt.

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