7 Apr Sara Suleri Goodyear’s heartbreaking memoir, Meatless Days, describes growing up in post-colonial Pakistan with an elegiac immediacy. Meatless Days, written in geographical and temporal dislocation, is embedded with social and political It records the memories of Sara Suleri and her protest. 11 Sep Meatless Days by Sara Suleri, a personal memoir, is split into nine essays rather than chapters as each part revolves around one specific.
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The sentences are long and convoluted, the story jumps around all the time and it feels like the author really wanted to show just how many complicated words she knows in English. Jul 27, Charlie rated it did not like it. See 1 question about Meatless Days….
As a further complication, Suleri is writing her memoir from several degrees of displacement: But we had no time to notice.
K formulate and reformulate sentences I knew he would never say. I was so relieved to find other one-star reviewers who complained about the exact same problem.
For the right reader, this memoir — really, a collection of loosely-linked essays — could be a delight, but I’m not that reader. She forays lightly into Pakistani history, and deeply into the history of her family and friends.
I felt like I needed to decode each paragraph and required a study guide to support my comprehension! Those voyages Suleri narrates in great strings of words and images so rich that they left this reader. Does she merely mean they talked about themselves, which she’s already said?
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.
Meatless Days by Sara Suleri. I never could completely decide, though, if the book was beautiful or entirely too inpenetrable. No trivia or quizzes yet. It for sure gives you all the feels Writing in English when one is of South Asian descent comes along with a lot of baggage.
Dec 21, Bethany McGee rated it it was amazing.
I see why it is structured that way and indeed it is interesting and works well for a autobiography. Subsequently, the personal crisis of writer goes hand in hand with the political crisis of that time which further adds to her landscape of memories and eventually we are introduced to the life of author, her parents, her best friend and perhaps most importantly of all, her siblings.
Quotes from Meatless Days. This book certainly isn’t for those who want something to pass the time – it makes you think, your brain will cramp up and your heart will hurt, but it will be so worth it.
Trivia Dajs Meatless Days. The book is about Pakistan, postcolonial, post-independence and a world that treats its women way differently than its men.
Littered with incoherent metaphors in such a way that reeks of pretentious. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Suleri’s voice has the same authority when she speaks about Pakistani politics as it does skleri her literary interludes.
Meatless Days: a bewitching memoir about growing up in newly created Pakistan
Mar 13, Grady McCallie rated it it was ok Shelves: Sometimes like water she runs through the sentences of sleep, a medium something other than itself, refracting, innocent of all the algae it can bear and capable of much transmogrification.
Some images and turns of phrase are surprising and lovely. And that affects content and message, leaving you depressed and hopeless beyond belief. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Fays on the day there was too much chatter anyway, so it established a poignancy of comradeship between us, all that machinery and silence…. Sulri are already in the past before we see them described; loss and presence overlap. Comedy and tragedy, tenderness and horror, sit close to one another in this remarkable book, doing justice to the piecemeal, intimate ways memory actually lives in the mind.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Couldn’t get past the first two chapters. A memoir that was so irreverent and profound at the same time.
The transition from the metaphorical to the wuleri — from landscapes to livestock — isn’t obvious, increasing the potential for confusion until you realize that she means an actual camel walking by. Goodyear writes most beautifully around what she struggles to avoid.
In A Vivid Memoir Of Life In Pakistan, A Vortex Of Tragedies
She writes about the wandering soul with such soul that you can only empathize. The author renounces plot in favor of an intimate, impressionistic survey of her family’s tragic history. That being said, the chapter on Ifat I remember reading it for the first time, a couple of years ago and loving it. The elegiac immediacy of this passage, the elaborateness of its metaphor, the language teetering on the edge of overreach — these are hallmarks of Meatless Days.
Meatless Days: a bewitching memoir about growing up in newly created Pakistan – The National
This memoir is not only a celebration of those people but also a heartbreaking tragedy about those she has lost. The most interesting detail, that now they only speak of themselves ‘gingerly’, is reduced to a cryptic single word in the last sentence.
And do they really talk about how animals walk?