Meatless Days

Meatless Days

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

Title:Meatless Days
Edition Language:English
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    Meatless Days Reviews

  • Anum S.

    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...

  • Inderjit Sanghera

    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 languag...

  • Jay Z

    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 depr...

  • Beth Bonini

    “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...

  • Vivek Tejuja

    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 ...

  • Tahera

    Did Not Finish...40% 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!...

  • Charlotte M

    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...

  • Christina1805

    (3.5) These are trying times, and it's been hard to find some peace and quiet to read. Especially now, it is invaluable to (re-)turn to prose like Suleri's. Rereading her memoir has been a very ground...

  • Grady

    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 ...

  • Joan

    The book is a melancholic memoir about Suleri's family from when she lived with them in Pakistan to present. Each chapter profiles a different person in the family, with one or two extra chapters abou...