Saturday, March 28, 2009

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Patronage. This collection of eight connected stories by Daniyal Mueenuddin is titled, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders. All are set in Pakistan, and present characters who are linked by long-term patronage. The daily struggles of these characters disclose a way of life that often seems hopeless. Even joy becomes tainted with melancholy. The roles of the individual within the society are so proscribed, that all behavior occurs within the tension of constraints. Whether patron or servant, the connections rarely lead to happiness, and often end in tragedy. The fine writing and strong character development made reading this collection a real pleasure.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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