In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Paperback Book

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders Paperback

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"In Other Rooms, Other Wonders" illuminates a place and people as it describes the overlapping worlds of an extended Pakistani landowning family.

Servants, masters, peasants and socialites, all inextricably bound to each other, confront the advantages and constraints of their station, the dissolution of old ways, and the shock of change.

These richly textured stories reveal the complexities of Pakistani class and culture, as they describe the loves, triumphs, misunderstandings and tragedies of everyday life.


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This wonderfully written book consists of a collection of interlinked short stories that follow the lives, loves and losses of various members of the household of a wealthy Pakistani landlord, K. K. Harouni. Most, though not all, of the stories trace the arcs of doomed love affairs, which has led to the complaint among some that they seem a bit similar in plot. All are well written though and the lives of the characters are empathetically observed, as they move through a world that is changing around them. Mueenuddin has really effectively captured life in rural Punjab, from the wealthy landowners to humblest servants vividly and poignantly. To my mind he is the strongest of the current crop of Pakistani writers in English.