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Meatless Days Some Of The Heart Shaking Writing About Love And Grief I Ve Ever Read Kamila Shamsie, From The Introduction Meatless Days Is A Searing Memoir Of Life In The Newly Created Country Of Pakistan When Sudden And Shocking Tragedies Hit The Author S Family Two Years Apart, Her Personal Crisis Spirals Into A Wider Meditation On Universal Questions About Being A Woman When You Re Too Busy Being A Mother Or A Sister Or A Wife To Consider Your Own Womanhood About How It Feels To Begin Life In A New Language About How Our Lives Are Changed By The People That Leave Them This Is A Heart Breaking, Hopeful And Profound Book That Will Get Under Your Skin Extraordinary As An Evocation Of Family Love, With All Its Sharpness, Pain And Need, Meatless Days Is Almost Faultless New Statesman


10 thoughts on “Meatless Days

  1. says:

    Here is a phrase that comes to mind when I think of Sara Suleri s Meatless days complete gibberish If that s not effective enough, here is another one absolute twaddle.I d try to convince you that the book wasn t really all that bad, but then I d just be straight out lying Never have I ever spent time questioning my own reading habits then when I was reading this endless text of drivel and pointlessness At one point I started reading it only at night before bedtime, so highly was it guaranteed to make me fall asleep It s non fiction, it s not meant to excite, I soothed my bored, frustrated soul, but even that wasn t consolation enough Suleri is writing about her family, about postcolonial Pakistan and the effects of migration on the wandering soul, and the only reason I know this is because I read the frankly incredibly misleading blurb Because nowhere in the book does anything actually make any sense Take, for example, exhibit A Sometimes, when I feel burdened by this baldest prose I lived too long with the man of the hairless head tyrannized by the structure of a simple sentence, it does me good to recollect how quietly my mother measured out her dealings with impossible edges.Um, what the what now The insufferable part of this inexplicable prose is that the WHOLE DAMN BOOK is like this Literally just se...


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    Reading South Asian authors who write in English is a necessarily painful experience because both you and they know the audience being addressed And that affects content and message, leaving you depressed and hopeless beyond belief This is the onl...


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    Suleri twists the English language in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways perhaps this is linked to her bilingualism, as she mentioned in one of her stories, her bilingualism, especially in languages are distinct as Urdu and English, has caused a kind of intellectual schizophrenia unable to express herself clearly in either language, her literature coalesces the idioms and idiosyncrasies of both to create a rich and vibrant style which reverberates with poetry of Urdu and flexibility of English both Urdu and English are, after all, bastard languages and mixtures of various, often completely different languages Meatless Days is a biographical portrait of Suleri s family her politically minded and liberal father and her Welsh mother as well as her siblings and grandmother Beneath all of this is a sense of grief grief at the untimely death of her mother and sister, grief at the barriers which separate her form her siblings, grief the the slow descent of Pakistan into military and increasingly intolerant dictatorship, grief at existing in two worlds, both East and West, within which she not entirely comfortable and does not fit in Yet beneath all of this is an understanding and tolerance of human frailties and idiosyncrasies I like to imagine that there is space for improvident angels, the ones who wish to get away from too much light There, a company of Ifat Ilie, arms across their foreheads, s...


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    Did Not Finish40% completed Well simply put, I can t take much of the author s pretentious ramblings at present and I have decided not to waste another minute to it..I have better books to read


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    When I teach topics in third world literature, much time is lost in trying to explain that the third world is locatable only as a discourse of convenience Trying to find it is like pretending that history or home is real and not located precisely where you are sitting, I hear my voice quite idiotically say You might want to spend a few minutes reading and reading this statement, and then trying to unpack or decode what Suleri is trying to say If you aren t interested in working hard for meaning, you probably shouldn t even bother reading this book It s not about the length because it is not even 200 pages long, but it took me weeks of careful reading to conquer it Yes, the verb conquer feels like the right word this book is definitely a challenge In Kamila Shamsie s Introduction, she warns that the sentences in Meatless Days are always intelligent, always elegant, sometimes baffling, and having finally finished this most unusual of memoirs, I would definitely agree I was often pleased by Suleri s writing, but it is almost never easy to figure out what she is talking about Her narrative line is rarely straightforward, and she has a...


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    Books that are reread are mostly far and few in between and when that happens often, you must rejoice Meatless Days by Sara Suleri is one such book I remember reading it for the first time, a couple of years ago and loving it It was unlike something I had ever read A memoir that was so irreverent and profound at the same time Well, it was refreshing to hear someone write like that, as though Sara was in my living room having a conversation with me about herself and her family Meatless Days is a book that perhaps cannot be even bracketed into a genre and yet for all practical purposes, we must The complexity and intricacy of both her language and the content of the book astounds the reader, makes you laugh and sometimes make you introspect The book is about Pakistan, postcolonial, post independence and a world that treats its women way differently than its men It is about Suleri s Welsh mother, her Pakistani father, her tenacious grandmother and her five siblings She writes about the wandering soul with such soul that you can only empathize Her journey out of Pakistan, the gaze of an outsider and yet strangely an insider is a universal emotion that perhaps every reader can relate with At the same time, for some it might prove to be a difficult read as the nine chapters are completely disjointed and string together beautifully through Suleri s distillation of experien...


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    Did not finish This was such a struggle as the language is bizarre to say the least I read so many passages over and over again to try to make sense of them but to no avail It s as if it s been written with a thesaurus, or as if the writer has invented new meanings for words with no thought to how her reader is supposed to understand what she s trying to say Littered with incoherent metaphors in such a way that reeks of pretentious I ve not been this stumped by a book in a long time It s...


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    For the right reader, this memoir really, a collection of loosely linked essays could be a delight, but I m not that reader Suleri s chapters are meandering ruminations on her relatives, their diaspora from Pakistan, their domestic successes and tragedies I d seen the book recommended as a perceptive and touching account, from the perspective of a woman, of growing up in Pakistan in the 1960s and 1970s Some images and turns of phrase are surprising and lovely Unfortunately, Suleri s baroque writing style is uneven Here s an example, selected nearly at random In our early years, those most intensely talkable, Dale and I so savored the taste of articulating ourselves in each other s presence that we rarely conversed outside the splendid way a life unfolds itself to its most prized audience Now, however, we are discreet our landscapes are worn, full of old and nubbly mountains, less interested in the great continental shift that hefted us into being in the first place than in the ordinary accident of things, the lope of a passing camel or the strut of a goat Today, we rarely gingerly talk about ourselves p.46 The layering of complicated conceits is typical Some are op...


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    Throughout Sara Suleri s Meatless Days food functions as the connective tissue that binds together, in one very animated and determinedly introspective corpus, multiple layers of politics, culture, identity, gender, emotions and spirituality Suleri s idiomatic commingling of foodstuffs and physical bodies lays out a rich, multi textured, soma...


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    I really wanted to enjoy this book, to an extent that you can enjoy a searing memoir But ohmygod is it hard to read I was so relieved to find other one star reviewers who complained about the exact same problem The sentences are long and convoluted, the story jumps around all the time and it feels like the autho...


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