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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Pakistan is portrayed rather bleakly. While the stories here would certainly go a long way to influencing one to cancel any relocation plans, they are tales beautifully told, with engaging, rounded characters. So in last level, there are helpless to use their sex and body as a tool to earn, money, power, name and fame in the society. I don’t mind reading something depressing if it’s real, if it actually happens to people, because at least then I feel like I can do something about it, and marvel that actual people live through ofher hard times.

But here I am, sorely tempted to pinch all those words from the blurb, because in this case they are all so true.

That said, I may end up remembering longer the older male characters: Jul 13, Elliott Turner rated it liked it. This is an important book, and highly, highly recommended! Within the stories, all our characters have either a very close or a distant, passing relationship to a singular man, K.

Daniyal has indeed got a keen sense to empathise with the plight of the poor and the destitute. S prior to the s comes to mind for social stratification and upward mobility. There is a story about the landowner, one about one of his servants, another about a nephew and so on and so forth.


In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

In A Spoiled Man we learn of a business that the police engage in outside their legal duties. And so is joy otber happiness and strength and fortitude. Mueenuddin is a descriptive and detailed writer and makes Pakistan come to life.

All this is easy for her and she never feels ashamed of this because she has been watching this since her childhood when her mother used to sleep with other men in order to get money. There’s a rhythm to them that’s almost hypnotic, and before you know it you’re at the end of the story. I guess that rpoms of goes along with feudalism, but there is not a single character showing any kind of personal strength in the face of it.

View all 8 comments. This is not the Pakistan of the news headlines, bombings, assassination, political strife, extremism.

The way a situation was handled, the manner in which family members treated one another would put me off-balance. Mueenuddiin just have an issue with the vast majority of short stories being depressing. All eight stories are in some way linked to K. Harouni, a powerful landowner. We had nothing, we were othsr. But the book jacket says “these stories comprehensively illuminate a world” and says the stories describe “the advantages and wpnders of social station.

Books by Daniyal Mueenuddin. Mueenuddin weaves a sincere sense of place, as well as a fascinating look at the dynamics between people. There is a repeated acknowledgment that if you’re poor you’re at the mercy of fate, and fate is not usually kind. I sat eating toast with marmalade, poured a second cup of tea, and then picked up the Pakistan Times and took its crisp virginity, inhaling the scent of damp ink and newsprint.


I’ve docked a star for this repetition. View all 10 comments.

At one point one of the characters says, “It’s as difficult to have a meaningful life with a lot of money as without. These are gems and universal while being specific. Feb 17, Ruby rated it liked it. Daniyal Mueenuddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders is a collection of inter-related short stories, sad, funny, tragic. This is a very well-written, entertaining, and enjoyable set of eight interlocking stories of varying lengths.

Several stories look for a while as though people might enjoy themselves, but you sort of know it isn’t going to last.

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

I look forward to reading his work in the future, and recommend this book highly to anyone interested in Pakistan, or just in great stories of life there. The dialogue could be best described as theatrical and conf Overrated, pretentious twaddle. Harouni and his large business empire which seems about to crumble with his impending death.

I’m planning on reading In the Name of Honour: 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. Could be almost anywhere.