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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Jan 31, Drew rated it it was amazing. Despite the fact that these are short stories, I never felt that Mueenuddin was rushing to get to his point. The dialogue could be best described as theatrical and confusing, I kept thinking who on the earth talks like that in Pakistan?

One of my small indulgences, now that I am a member of the judiciary,is to allow myself airs with people who need favors from me. In About a burning girl, a husband murders his wife by muesnuddin her and in almost every story women use sex to prey on the men.

The last two stories tackle two completely different classes of wealth. In Lily, the character of the title was and remains a spoiled urban child.

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders: Daniyal Mueenuddin: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

His wife has long been dispatched to another location, his children are distant at best, and he is alone. Memorable female characters, who use their youth and sex appeal in similar ways, are the focus of some of the stories.


Therefore when I finished the first few stories, I found it hard to continue reading the book. She thinks of her husband as un- fertile so she tries with Jaglani.

When starting this book, I wondered what it would be like to mueenudxin a highly American- educated, wealthy Pakistani-American living in rural Pakistan in today’s world. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The rich seem either corrupt, lazy or greedy.

In A Spoiled Man we learn of a business that the police engage in outside their legal duties. He agrees but soon after his death his family dqniyal take back the child from her and at last she is left with nothing. He did not demur even when asked to fix watches, though that enterprise did spectacularly badly, and in fact earned him more kicks than kudos, for no watch he took apart ever kept time again. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

What I got – a mueenkddin about Pakistan, yes, but it could have just as easily been set in India.

The characters will stay with me for a long time. Her love with Hassan is the only way for her to get delicious food items from kitchen. The Recommendation This book won, was nominated for or was a finalist of a ridiculous number of really famous awards: In short, this was an eye-opening book.

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. Another story focuses on the son of a rich landowner, who is dating an American girl.


In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

The most likeable characters for me were the two American women – one who initially thought she wanted to marry the pleasant, young, rich Pakistani guy and one who actually did marry him – perhaps because I could relate to them. That said, I may end up remembering longer the older male characters: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

It’s the sad reality for life in the lower class in Pakistan, and these stories illuminate that brilliantly. In many ways this could have been 18th century England with the land owning classes and their heirarchy of servants, the cook that always gets to sleep with the new maid, the mistress installed in a ‘flat’ on the estate, the letters of introduction required.

This is a masterfully written book telling a series of beautiful, interwoven stories about everyday life in Pakistan. Everyone is an opportunist – grab what you can – no dithering about right or wrong.

Even when they work or scheme to to rise above their beginnings or to improve their social mobility, the sense of predetermination and failure prevails. At one point one of the characters says, “It’s as difficult to have a meaningful life with a lot of money as without. View all 5 comments. Inherited wealth seem to be either squandered or milked by sycophants.

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