In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

a collection of stories that take place in Pakistani cities and villages. all of the characters are linked through one feudal landowner - whether son or daughter, extended family or servant.

this from the inside cover:

"Together the stories in In Other Rooms, Other Wonders make up a vivid portrait of feudal Pakistan, describing the advantages and constraints of social station, the dissolution of old ways, and the shock of change."

my favorite story is from chapter 1 - "Nawabdin Electrician"; the most frustrating story was the next to last - "Lily". Lily is a party girl that lives in Islamabad, she lives a completely narcissistic and hedonistic life. Then she meets Murad Talwan, a completely noble and all-around good guy...they fall in love, get married and move to his rural estate. It's not long before she gets bored and reverts to her old habits...kept thinking about the Biblical book of Hosea as I read this story.

I enjoyed reading this book.


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