Boys Will Be Boys: A Daughter's Elegy
University of Chicago Press, 2003-10-15 - 121 psl.
Sara Suleri Goodyear's Meatless Days, recognized now as a classic of postcolonial literature, is a finely wrought memoir of her girlhood in Pakistan after the 1947 partition. Set around the women of her family, Meatless Days intertwines the violent history of Pakistan's independence with Suleri Goodyear's most intimate memories of her grandmother, mother, and sisters. In Boys Will Be Boys, she returnswith the same treasury of language, humor, and passionto her childhood and early adulthood to pay tribute to her father, the political journalist Z. A. Suleri (known as Pip, for his "patriotic and preposterous" disposition).
Taking its title from that jokingly chosen by her father for his unwritten autobiography, Boys Will Be Boys dips in and out of Suleri Goodyear's upbringing in Pakistan and her life in the United States, moving between public and private history and addressing questions of loss and cultural displacement through a resolutely comic lens. In this rich portrait, Pip emerges as a prodigious figure: an ardent agitator against British rule in the 1930s and 1940s, a founder of the Times of Karachi and the Evening Times, on-and-off editor of the Pakistan Times, for a brief time director of the Pakistan military intelligence service, and a frequently jailed antagonist of successive Pakistani leaders. To the author, though, he was also "preposterous . . . counting himself king of infinite space," a man who imposed outrageously on his children. As Suleri Goodyear chronicles, Pip demanded their loyalty yet banished them easily from his favor; contrary and absurdly unfair, he read their diaries, interfered in their relationships, and believed in a father's inalienable right to oppress his children.
Suleri Goodyear invites the reader into an intimacy shaped equally by history and intensely personal detail, creating an elegant elegy for a man of force and contradiction. And perhaps Pip was not so preposterous after all: "On Judgment Day," he told his daughter, "I will say to God, 'Be merciful, for I have already been judged by my child.'"
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Boys will be boys
Love demands patience
Ask of Kohakans heart the reality of existence
There is a wilderness within the wilderness
My golden town Kasur
Give birth to your own world if you are among the living
Why ask about Mirs religion and beliefs? He has long since drawn a line on his forehead sat in a temple and renounced Islam
There are many brothers here but few friends
You are with me as it were when no other can be there
That Akbar actually names God in this very age
Dont trouble me you perfumed wind take to your road You have frivolity on your mind while I sit here in despair
Dear God What kind of business is this anyway?
Long live you purest land
Pardon that for a barren passions sake
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