Meatless Days

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 11, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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In this finely wrought memoir of life in postcolonial Pakistan, Suleri intertwines the violent history of Pakistan's independence with her own most intimate memories—of her Welsh mother; of her Pakistani father, prominent political journalist Z.A. Suleri; of her tenacious grandmother Dadi and five siblings; and of her own passage to the West.

"Nine autobiographical tales that move easily back and forth among Pakistan, Britain, and the United States. . . . She forays lightly into Pakistani history, and deeply
into the history of her family and friends. . . . The Suleri women at home in Pakistan make this book sing."—Daniel Wolfe, New York Times Book Review

"A jewel of insight and beauty. . . . Suleri's voice has the same authority when she speaks about Pakistani politics as it does in her literary interludes."—Rone Tempest, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The author has a gift for rendering her family with a few, deft strokes, turning them out as whole and complete as eggs."—Anita Desai, Washington Post Book World

"Meatless Days takes the reader through a Third World that will surprise and confound him even as it records the author's similar perplexities while coming to terms with the West. Those voyages Suleri narrates in great strings of words and images so rich that they left this reader . . . hungering for more."—Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune

"Dazzling. . . . Suleri is a postcolonial Proust to Rushdie's phantasmagorical Pynchon."—Henry Louise Gates, Jr., Voice Literary Supplement

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What a gifted writer. - Goodreads
Sara Suleri has a way with prose. - Goodreads
Result: Suleri is my favourite Pakistani writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Viveka Jagadeesan - Goodreads

i cannot. in some ways, i really liked this book for the lyrical elegant writing. all the same it just fell away from me, it was impossible to read. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Hayden - Goodreads

Truly a beautiful book. Suleri is a master of narrative digression, metaphor and introspection. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Touching, funny, sarcastic and out and out well crafted. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Sara Suleri Goodyear is a professor of English at Yale University. She is the author of Meatless Days and Boys Will Be Boys.

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