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SUMMARY Unmarriageable

Mpressed by the Binat family Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and uickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusue manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance Told with wry wit and colorful prose Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love marriage class and sisterho Unmarriageable as many no doubt know is an entertaining re telling of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice with a twistIf you are familiar with the original Austen story then the premise of Unmarriageable will be familiar to you it is in fact the same The difference and what works so well is that it is set in today s modern Pakistan If you are unfamiliar with the history of Pakistan it once was part of India separated now after a war for Independence and is a thriving democracy that still very much is based on its British colonial past that it learned while it was part of British colonial rule All that to say they study English classics often than many westerners outside of the UK and have a fascination with British literature rarely seen outside of Europe And while so much of Pakistan is uite modern its class structure still is very much stuck in the colonial past The roles of women while evolving still is stuck there as well That is why this particular setting for this particular book is so utterly fascinatingKamal s writing is tight and while she doesn t have a flare for wit like Austen few do her characters are charming and their observations about the Pakistani culture are very much on point I have several friends from Lahore Pakistan and while reading Unmarriageable I could hear their voices and see their streets come alive in my mind Although Kamal now lives in America her Pakistani roots still very much shine through in her writing and those of us who rarely get a glimpse of the sub continent are able to see a bit of it through her workWhether you are an Austen fan or just a fan of great fiction you will find Unmarriageable delightful entertaining as well educationalMy copy was furnished by Netgalley RandomHousePublishing BallentineBooks

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En Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years Mrs Binat certain that their luck is about to change excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich eligible bachelors On the first night of the festivities Alys’s lovely older sister Jena catches the eye of Fahad “Bungles” Bingla the wildly successful and single entrepreneur But Bungles’s friend Valentine Darsee is clearly uni It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl can go from pauper to princess or princess to pauper in the mere seconds it takes for her to accept a proposal Pride and Prejudice remains my favorite book of all time So I am a sucker for all seuels takeoffs etc Some have been very good Eligible Longbourn others deadly Mary B I m looking at youThis takeoff on PP takes place in modern day Pakistan which works well because so few other places in modern times can get away with the idea that marriage and being a mother is the be all and end all for a woman What doesn t work is the author s idea that the names must all be bad take offs on the originals As if we couldn t have figured out for ourselves who was meant to be whom This lacks the sophisticated dry humor of Austen but few measure up there The issue is always being humorous without descending into caricature It skates dangerously close at times But it s charming and enjoyable in its own way And I did appreciate Kamal getting a laugh in on those who see a movie or miniseries and feel like they ve read the book Cue Colin Firth in a wet shirtWhere Kamal does shine is when she takes on Pakistani culture Not just how the women are treated and valued but how the citizens reconcile their history with the English empire especially given that Alys teaches English literature I don t know much about current Pakistani culture but it all just felt real Kamal doesn t feel the need to mirror the plot of PP exactly which is a good thing She retains enough of the original story while putting her own uniue spin on it Overall this is one PP revision I can recommend My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book

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In this one of a kind retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern day Pakistan Alys Binat has sworn never to marry until an encounter with one Mr Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages but Alys the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have childr 45 starsI absolutely ADORED this book It was a truth universally acknowledged that people enter our lives in order to recommend reads Unmarriageable is a charming retelling of Pride and Prejudice that takes place in Pakistan the early 2000 s Soniah Kamal captures the essence of the original and at the same time creates something new by transporting the characters and the plot to modern day Pakistan The plot stays true to the original PP Kamal effortlessly weaves in Pakastani cultural norms to add a new twist to the plot as well as to emphasize gender norms and other elements of Pakistani culturePP is one of my all time favorite books I have reread it numerous times I also have read many modern updates and retellings Some of these have failed greatly while others have hit the mark I must say that Unmarriageable is one my new modern favorites retellings because not only does Kamal hit the mark on capturing the feeling of the original plot but she also captures the spirit of the characters while at the same time adding something new by highlighting the conventions of marriage and gender norms of Pakistani culture through the lens of the original I would highly recommend Unmarriageable to those who love Pride and Prejudice as well as to those who have never read the original This is a story that never loses its charmI received an ARC of this book from Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Unmarriageable

  1. says:

    45 starsI absolutely ADORED this book“It was a truth universally acknowledged that people enter our lives in order to recommend reads”Unmarriageable is a charming retelling of Pride and Prejudice that takes place in Pakistan the early 2000's Soniah Kamal captures the essence of the original and at the same time creates something new by transporting the characters and the plot to modern day Pakistan The plot

  2. says:

    Out freaking standing READ THIS BOOKI'd love to share my review here but it is an assigned book and the review will be copyrighted However I can not recommend this book highly enough If you love Pride Prejudice you will love this rendition set in modern day Pakistan This is one of those books I just want to hold close to my heart

  3. says:

    A Pakistani retelling of Pride and Prejudice And by an author born in Pakistan I was all sign me up So 366 stars It's not perfect and often it follows the original PP plot a little too closely especially with the characters' names a

  4. says:

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl can go from pauper to princess or princess to pauper in the mere seconds it takes for her to accept a proposal”Pride and Prejudice remains my favorite book of all time So I am a sucker for all “seuels” takeoffs etc Some have been very good Eligible Longbourn others deadly Mary B I

  5. says:

    5 stars to Unmarriageable Don’t miss it ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I usually plan a special read around my birthday each year and I hope to post the review on my birthday Well this year the book I’m reading is fantastic but I haven’t had enough time to finish it the NC snowpocalype really threw my p

  6. says:

    I know this is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but Alys Binat and Darsee The writer could have at least tried to come up with a bunch of decent Pakistani names instead of these weird variations If I were being honest this felt like a tack

  7. says:

    Between 3 and 35 starsThere's that classic line from the song Beauty and the Beast which goes Tale as old as time It signifies a story that's been heard so many times throughout the ages although it may take on slightly or drastically different forms each time you hear itJane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of those tales as old as time Not only have there been countless adaptations of this classic on television and

  8. says:

    A beautifully told story full of character charm and culture This was such a magical story a modern retelling of “Pride a

  9. says:

    Unmarriageable as many no doubt know is an entertaining re telling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – with a twistIf you are

  10. says:

    Set in early 2000s Pakistan Unmarriageable is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice Don’t shun me but I’ve never read the classic original Pride and Prejudice The premise here however is the same A close family of

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