Saturday, January 12, 2013

In Other Rooms Other Wonders

This is a collection of interrelated short stories by Daniyal Mueenuddin.  Set in Pakistan (except for one where the characters visit Paris), the stories all deal with an old wealthy landowner, his family members and their various servants.  We get insight into the relationships between the monied and the poor, the old and the young, men and women.  What they all have in common is terrible unhappiness.  While the language is vivid, describing both the characters and their surroundings, not a single story has an uplifting ending - though maybe that's more realistic.  I enjoyed reading this but it left me feeling down.

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