In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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A volume of linked stories describes the intertwined lives of landowners and their retainers on the Gurmani family farm in Pakistan, in a collection that explores such themes as culture, class power, and desire.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393068009
Branch Call Number: MUEEN
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 22 cm.


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aeblum Jan 31, 2013

Beautifully haunting. In the beginning I had difficulty picking it back up after I put it down, but I am so happy I read it through till the end.

Oct 18, 2011

A fine collection of stories, with a common theme (and some recurring characters) but just enough variety. If you get bogged down in stories of unfortunate women, skip to the end for "Lily" and "A Spoiled Man." And don't miss the funny, cynical judge in "About a Burning Girl."

Dec 24, 2009

Bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen to bad people. That description is too simplistic for author Daniyal Mueenuddin's nuanced portrayal of the lives of servants in contemporary Pakistan, but be prepared for one sad outcome after another in this collection of short stories. They reminded me in style and tone of Aravind Adiga's Between the Assassinations.

Mueenuddin exhibits a tenderness towards his characters, no matter how desperate their situations. Anyone looking for insight into the complexities of human behaviour will be rewarded by reading this book.

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