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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Nov 15, Stephanie rated it really liked it. Suleri; of her tenacious grandmother Dadi and five siblings; and of her own passage to the West. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Those voyages Suleri narrates in great strings of words and images so rich that they left this sars.

This book certainly isn’t for those dyas 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.

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Dec 21, Bethany McGee rated it it was amazing. I have better books to read! 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.


This was such a struggle dags the language is bizarre to say the least.

I remember reading it for the first time, a couple of years ago and loving it. It does not work:. Suleri’s use of the English language is beautiful; it twists and turns at the oddest moments and often, when it doesn’t make sense, that’s the point. The transition from the metaphorical to the concrete — from landscapes to livestock — isn’t obvious, increasing the potential for confusion until you realize that she means an actual camel walking by.

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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. Nov 23, Tahera rated it did not like it Shelves: Outside the USA, see our international sales information.

My main issue with the book is that many of Suleri’s metaphors are nearly impossible to understand. Her mother, meanwhile, was teaching writers like Jane Austen at the university in Lahore.

I was so relieved to find other one-star reviewers who complained about the exact same problem.

Meatless Days

But we had no time to notice. Mar 13, Grady McCallie rated it it was ok Shelves: Meatless Days by Sara Suleri, a personal memoir, is split into nine essays rather than chapters as each part revolves around one specific character with whom Suleri suldri a certain bond during meatoess certain period of her xays.

Or more to the point, who was the editor of this unbelievably dreary piece of writing? Paperbackpages. Author Rajesh Parameswaran says the book does justice to the way memory actually lives in the mind. This usage excludes the reader; it’s like trying to have a conversation with someone who keeps speaking to themselves instead of you, and wants to make sure you know they’re doing it intentionally.


Did she drop her metaphorical, allegorical, and utterly incomprehensible rambling for more than two sentences?

Meatless Days by Sara Suleri

That being said, the chapter on Ifat Some images and turns of phrase are surprising and lovely. In Meatless Days, Sara Suleri explores the implications of her splintered identity: BOOK is like this. Here, she describes her stubborn grandmother dragging home to her appalled family a live goat to be butchered for the festival of Eid: It may be poetic to some people but to me it was rambling and jumpy.

How could I tell Shahid’s story and let Ifat die before his eyes? There is an odd “responsibility” to prove how sars you are, to do justice to the language that isn’t yours but is? People are already in the past before we see them described; loss and presence overlap.