Unmarriageable

Unmarriageable

Soniah Kamal / Apr 25, 2019

Unmarriageable 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

  • Title: Unmarriageable
  • Author: Soniah Kamal
  • ISBN: Unmarriageable
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  • Page: 303
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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 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 children, 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 unimpressed by the Binat family Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly 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 brusque 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 sisterhood Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 352 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Ballantine Books first published January 15th 2019 More Details Original Title Unmarriageable ISBN 1524799718 ISBN13 9781524799717 Edition Language English Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Unmarriageable, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This was on preorder on but has been removed with a comment that there is no date available, anyone have any idea when its released Is is still January 15th 2019 Thank you like 2 months ago See all 2 answers Izzie d available for 15th on UK site flag See 1 question about Unmarriageable Lists with This Book TBR 2019 66 books 70 voters Best books of January, 2019 39 books 48 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 13, 2019 Meredith rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley 4.5 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 cul 4.5 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 culture.PP 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 charm.I received an ARC of this book from Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 166 likesLike see review View all 65 comments Maureen Awesome review, Meredith Jan 27, 2019 09 16AM Meredith Maureen wrote Awesome review, Meredith Thank you so much, Maureen Jan 28, 2019 06 55AM Sep 14, 2018 Julie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, library journal, retelling, contemporary fiction, contemporary romance, paperback Out freaking standing READ THIS BOOK I 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 and never let go An absolute delight, but also insightful and educational 5 BIG STARS flag 162 likesLike see review View all 62 comments Oct 10, 2018 Tadiana Night Owl rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves all aboard the jane austen train, arc, contemporary fiction, netgalley On sale now A Pakistani retelling of Pride and Prejudice And by an author born in Pakistan Sign me up 3.75 stars It s not perfect, and often it follows the original PP plot a little too closely, especially with the characters names and some famous lines and scenes from PP that were a little too spot on Alysba Alys Binat as Elizabeth Bennet and Valentine Darsee are okay, but I draw the line at Jeorgeulla Wickaam and the Looclus Lucas clan Humeria Hammy and Sumeria Sammy On sale now A Pakistani retelling of Pride and Prejudice And by an author born in Pakistan Sign me up 3.75 stars It s not perfect, and often it follows the original PP plot a little too closely, especially with the characters names and some famous lines and scenes from PP that were a little too spot on Alysba Alys Binat as Elizabeth Bennet and Valentine Darsee are okay, but I draw the line at Jeorgeulla Wickaam and the Looclus Lucas clan Humeria Hammy and Sumeria Sammy Bingla for the Bingley sisters was pretty funny, though Mr Collins is Farhat Kaleen, an older widower with three children Charlotte Lucas is Sherry Looclus The character makeovers of those last two were awesome, by the way.I liked it best where it veered from PP in some interesting ways Sherry s point of view and subplot, for example, was really fascinating to me view spoiler and ultimately happier than Charlotte s I love that Sherry is happy with her tradeoffs and affluent lifestyle, and is even enthusiastic about sex with Kaleen, and mothering his children hide spoiler The Elizabeth Bennet character, Alys, is strident in her feminism, enough so that the ultimate romantic wrap up seems a little out of character The traditional PP plot is modernized in several ways, including her character age 30, and fighting against some of the traditions of her country relating to marriage and the role of women , as well as a gay character and sympathetic discussion of abortion view spoiler the Wickham character got the Georgiana character pregnant a year or so before the events in this novel hide spoiler.I really enjoyed the immersion into modern day Pakistani life The moral quandaries transfer pretty well into current Pakistani culture, including the obsession with marrying well and the near disaster that Lydia Lady causes her family The food sounded like it was to die for And fairly frequently the novel was quite insightful into human relationships, in ways that aren t entirely owed to Jane Austen I wanted to tell him about my kind and generous Jena, my fearless Alys, my artist Qitty, who holds her head up no matter what anyone says to her, and my Mari, who just wants everyone to go to heaven Even my silly, selfish Lady, who doesn t know what is good for her and just wants to have a good time all the time But I didn t tell him about any one of my daughters He doesn t deserve to know a single thing about my precious girls.Awww The writing is sometimes a bit clunky, especially when the author is making a social point But it was still an interesting story, as long as you don t mind that it toes the PP line pretty closely I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley for review Thank you Content notes a few F bombs 4, to be exact Some innuendos, but no other sexual content flag 92 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Dec 17, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 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 sequels , takeoffs, etc Some have been very good Eligible, Longbourn , others deadly Mary B, I m looking at you.This takeoff on PP takes place in modern day Pakistan, which works well, because so few other places in modern times can get away 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 sequels , takeoffs, etc Some have been very good Eligible, Longbourn , others deadly Mary B, I m looking at you.This 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 unique 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 flag 78 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Dec 19, 2018 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs, kindle version, 2018 reads 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 plans for a loop That said, I read Unmarriageable recently, and it blew me out of the water I hadn t had a chance to post the review on , so this worked out well to share with you today Wow, this 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 plans for a loop That said, I read Unmarriageable recently, and it blew me out of the water I hadn t had a chance to post the review on , so this worked out well to share with you today Wow, this one blew me away If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan, don t miss this one If you aren t, don t miss this one If you are a fan of diverse, multi cultural reads, don t miss this one Moreover, if you are a fan of impeccable storytelling, Unmarriageable is a book not to be missed Unmarriageable is set in modern day Pakistan The Binat family consists of five sisters and their parents A scandal erupts that causes the family to lose their fortune and any chance at desirable marriages for their daughters Alys is the second sister in line, and she s a pragmatist She teaches English literature to school aged girls who are unlikely to further their educations and will likely marry young Of import to her teaching is Jane Austen because she believes this will inspire her students to dream One day an invitation arrives for a fancy wedding, one the likes of which the village has never seen before Mrs Binat is hard at work getting her daughters in shape for possible bachelors attending the wedding.The oldest sister, Jena, has attracted an eligible bachelor, but his friend, none other than Valentine Darsee, is not a fan of the family, and Alys overhears him saying so As the wedding continues, Jena awaits a proposal while Alys becomes interested in Darsee Unmarriageable is steeped in the culture of a Pakistani family I especially loved the dialogue between the sisters and with their mother The idioms added to the authenticity of the story The characters are so well developed, and I loved the comparisons to Pride and Prejudice so many connections and Easter eggs of commonalities to discover Unmarriageable is a smart, evocative retelling of a classic that reads just like a modern classic Everything about the story is perfection, intriguing, and completely enthralling It was enjoyable and engaging from start to finish and receives my highest recommendation Thank you to Random House Ballantine for the ARC All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 71 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Jan 22, 2019 Mackey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction general, my reviews, books read 2019, netgalley ew Unmarriageable, as many no doubt know, is an entertaining re telling of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice with a twist.If 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 Unmarriageable, as many no doubt know, is an entertaining re telling of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice with a twist.If 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 quite 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 fascinating.Kamal 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 work.Whether you are an Austen fan or just a fan of great fiction, you will find Unmarriageable delightful, entertaining as well educational.My copy was furnished by Netgalley, RandomHousePublishing, BallentineBooks flag 43 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 06, 2019 Reading.Between.Wines rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves adult fiction, atmospheric, contemporary, cover love, ebooks, female authors, from the publisher, kindle books, made me chuckle, netgalley 5Yesss you guys I love a good Pride and Prejudice retelling, and Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal is one of the best ones I have read yet What it s about Set in modern day Pakistan, the Binat family has lost their good reputation and none of their 5 daughters are married yet All of her sisters want to be married, but Alys the second oldest is a headstrong and forward thinking English teacher, and she is perfectly happy being single much to the chagrin of her mother Pinkie When the 5Yesss you guys I love a good Pride and Prejudice retelling, and Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal is one of the best ones I have read yet What it s about Set in modern day Pakistan, the Binat family has lost their good reputation and none of their 5 daughters are married yet All of her sisters want to be married, but Alys the second oldest is a headstrong and forward thinking English teacher, and she is perfectly happy being single much to the chagrin of her mother Pinkie When the Binat family gets invited to one of the biggest, most prestigious weddings they have been invited to in some time, Pinkie Binat is determined to find rich men for her daughters at it Her eldest Jena ends up meeting Fahad Bungles Bingla, while Alys finds herself being watched by Bungles s friend Valentine Darsee But while Jena really likes Bungles, Alys and Darsee don t exactly get off on the right foot Drama and hilarity ensue as Pinkie puts even pressure on Alys and Jena, and the family deals with the consequences The setting of Pakistan really brought this retelling to life I loved the vibrant descriptions of the surroundings and people, and Alys was by far my favorite character Kamal makes this book so easy to read, and I loved how funny it was There is definitely a dysfunctional family at the core of this book, and one that I just couldn t help but love Due to the setting and the language, I wasn t able to read this book too quickly, but I enjoyed every minute of it It is fascinating to read about a different culture, and a great addition to this classic retelling.You can tell Kamal is a very smart woman, and that comes across in her prose I just think that this retelling is super smart, and plus I adore the cover Final Thought If you love retelling s of Pride and Prejudice, and want something a bit different from the others out there, I highly recommend Unmarriageable This book is whip smart, and I know a lot of people are going to love it as much as I did And considering how gorgeous the cover is, it would be a beautiful edition to anyone s library This is a book I could definitely see myself rereading which is not something that happens often I will definitely have to add it to my collection Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own flag 29 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 05, 2018 Sherwood Smith added it review of another edition Shelves fiction, comedy of manners This latest of the many, many cash ins on Pride and Prejudice was, unlike most of them, pretty entertaining The twist here is that the story is set in Pakistan circa 2000, which seems to map well over the confining atmosphere of gentry England circa 1800.Unlike the Curtis Sittenfeld version, whose characters all tended toward the crass and almost determinedly mundane, this version offers some genuine good people among all the antics of marriage obsessed mamas and girls raised in a hothouse atmo This latest of the many, many cash ins on Pride and Prejudice was, unlike most of them, pretty entertaining The twist here is that the story is set in Pakistan circa 2000, which seems to map well over the confining atmosphere of gentry England circa 1800.Unlike the Curtis Sittenfeld version, whose characters all tended toward the crass and almost determinedly mundane, this version offers some genuine good people among all the antics of marriage obsessed mamas and girls raised in a hothouse atmosphere that seems to foster competition and shaming rather than friendship and mutual support.The novel stays close to the original at times a trifle too on the nose Alys stand in for Elizabeth Bennet is sitting in the cemetery smoking with her bestie Sherry stand in for Charlotte Lucas as the latter delivers Charlotte s long speech about marriage that is almost word for word There are many other such moments.Despite the extremely close following of the plot, and the frequent mentions of PP Alys s favorite book the opening was one of the best scenes in the book, wrapped around that famous first sentence there is no mention whatsoever of how very closely her life is following the plot Not even noting that Alys is the second of five sisters, the middle of whom tends to spout well worn religious Muslim, in this case saws, much less that the snobbish guy she hates has Darsee as a last name It s a shame, because I think this book could have benefitted immensely from some interesting deconstruction, or at least literary conversation, with the original There were plenty of vivid and clever passages that made me wish the author had been a little bolder.I liked Sherry, who made an interesting Charlotte, unromantic as the original, yet determined to get married as the only way out of an impossible situation I could have done without her rebellion being smoking, that repulsive clich , but the payoff was her genuine delight in her marriage, drawbacks and all.Mrs Binat Mrs Bennett managed to be surprisingly sympathetic as well as silly The Mr Collins substitute, Farhat Kaleen, veered between being interesting and a caricature, but he was always entertaining Mr Darsee was suitably handsome and in the second half too good to be true, and the Wickham character a real snake Mr Binat was a fairly straightforward copy of Mr Bennet, swapping out gardening for reading, except that the author gave him a truly splendid moment of insight at the end, prompting one of the best passages in the book Another hats off was Qitty Kitty s ending, even if we didn t get a scene but a narrative summary.Alys, for the most part, was sympathetic, an intelligent woman in an extremely constraining setting, but at times she seemed a tad too strident in her hardcore feminism, making me wish for a little of Lizzie Bennet s grace Hammy and Sammy, the Bingley sisters, were a crackup, as was Lady Lydia , irrepressible to the end Overall the book was an entertaining and fast read, providing me with a list of Pakistani authors to try out For that alone the book deserves an extra star.Copy provided by NetGalley flag 23 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 20, 2018 Yusra marked it as to read review of another edition you all know where I m going to be january 15th, just chilling on my couch with some tim hortons sponsored french vanilla jamming to atif aslam while reading this book flag 23 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 17, 2019 abby rated it really liked it Shelves contemporary, romance The Binat sisters are the talk of the town of Dilipabad, Pakistan Swindled out of their inheritance by an unscrupulous relative and forced to live in reduced circumstances in a backwater Five unmarried daughters The eldest two lovely but timid Jena and independent minded Alys have the beauty and earning potential to be good marriage matches, if only they weren t on the wrong side of 30 Then there s killjoy Mari, overweight Qitty, and wild child Lady In a culture where a woman s entire o The Binat sisters are the talk of the town of Dilipabad, Pakistan Swindled out of their inheritance by an unscrupulous relative and forced to live in reduced circumstances in a backwater Five unmarried daughters The eldest two lovely but timid Jena and independent minded Alys have the beauty and earning potential to be good marriage matches, if only they weren t on the wrong side of 30 Then there s killjoy Mari, overweight Qitty, and wild child Lady In a culture where a woman s entire outcome in life depends on securing a good marriage, the Binat girls are under enormous pressure to catch a husband Mostly from their mother.If that seems familiar to you, it s because this book is inspired by Pride and Prejudice Well, a bit than inspired It follows the original source material so closely it might as well be called fan fiction Some of the characters get an expanded role, like Alys s friend Sherry Charlotte Lucas, who the author admits is her favorite PP character, and it shows and the sickly Annie Anne de Bourgh Pakistan is a great modern equivalent for the s of Regency England But some times this book is just too on the nose, like when Alys repeatedly references Pride and Prejudice, as if she weren t living out the book.So did I like this book for its own merits or because I liked the original Well, either way, I enjoyed reading this, and that s what matters flag 18 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Cindy Burnett rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 starsI am a huge Jane Austen fan so as soon as I saw this book I knew I had to read it Soniah Kamal has crafted a fabulous tale that is true to Jane Austen and infused with Pakistani culture and history, particularly the effects of British colonialism The parallels to Pride and Prejudice and the references nods to Jane Austen are entertaining, and I enjoyed comparing the story with the original tale However, my favorite part of the book was learning so much about Pakistan Unmarriageable 4.5 starsI am a huge Jane Austen fan so as soon as I saw this book I knew I had to read it Soniah Kamal has crafted a fabulous tale that is true to Jane Austen and infused with Pakistani culture and history, particularly the effects of British colonialism The parallels to Pride and Prejudice and the references nods to Jane Austen are entertaining, and I enjoyed comparing the story with the original tale However, my favorite part of the book was learning so much about Pakistan Unmarriageable is a fabulous book, and I highly recommend it flag 14 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Kate Olson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves advanced reader copies, adult reads randomhouse partner is a truth universally acknowledged, Alys suddenly thought with a smile, that people enter our lives to recommend reads Brava, Soniah Kamal I will fully admit that Jane Austen s PP isn t my very favorite book of all time, as it is for so many others However, Unmarriageable and its Pakistani revamp IS one of my favorites.I ll take Alys Binat in early 2000s Pakistan any day over Elizabeth Bennett in early 1800s England This is definitely partially du randomhouse partner is a truth universally acknowledged, Alys suddenly thought with a smile, that people enter our lives to recommend reads Brava, Soniah Kamal I will fully admit that Jane Austen s PP isn t my very favorite book of all time, as it is for so many others However, Unmarriageable and its Pakistani revamp IS one of my favorites.I ll take Alys Binat in early 2000s Pakistan any day over Elizabeth Bennett in early 1800s England This is definitely partially due to my tendency to avoid the traditional English canon as a whole, but mostly just my complete and utter love for how Kamal blatantly takes on issues of gender, class, sexuality, body size and race while maintaining the original story within Alys is now one of my all time female characters The essay at the end of this book explains the genesis for Unmarriageable , so please do go and read that too all about the attempt to erase indigenous languages and replace them with English In this story, Kamal is reclaiming Pakistani heritage and entertaining us with her writing prowess simultaneously, and I thank her immensely for that It was a book that required me to slow down and savor the setting and had me constantly wanting to highlight quotes and share them with reading friends.If you haven t realized it yet, I loved this one Its releases this Tuesday 1.22.19 so make sure to watch for it at libraries and bookstores SOON Thanks to Random House for this free review copy all opinions are my own flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 20, 2019 Tucker rated it liked it review of another edition There have been numerous novels written which echo the plots of Jane Austen s books, and Sonia Kamal s updated version of Pride and Prejudice is a stand out in that sub genre Set in Pakistan, the Binat family endeavors to make matches for their five daughters with wealthy, successful, and handsome bachelors Complications and misunderstandings ensue, enlivened by Kamal s witty and delightful writing While the plot may be familiar to Austen fans, the Pakistani setting reveals much about that c There have been numerous novels written which echo the plots of Jane Austen s books, and Sonia Kamal s updated version of Pride and Prejudice is a stand out in that sub genre Set in Pakistan, the Binat family endeavors to make matches for their five daughters with wealthy, successful, and handsome bachelors Complications and misunderstandings ensue, enlivened by Kamal s witty and delightful writing While the plot may be familiar to Austen fans, the Pakistani setting reveals much about that country, their culture, and the expected roles of women The descriptions of their cuisine immediately had me searching for Pakistani recipes Of course, being the kind of cook I am, I had to find the easiest recipes and discovered Allrecipes is a great source A charming, funny, and recommended read.Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review flag 13 likesLike see review Sep 02, 2018 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing review of another edition What a delightful version of Pride and Prejudice told in modern day Pakistan The delightful Binat family had a change in fortunes and have had to relocate with their five daughters to Dilipibad, Pakistan Because of their reduced circumstances the two oldest daughters, Jena and Alys, become teachers at the British School of Dilipibad Alys, the second oldest, teaches English literature and asks her class to rewrite the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice, It is a truth universally acknowle What a delightful version of Pride and Prejudice told in modern day Pakistan The delightful Binat family had a change in fortunes and have had to relocate with their five daughters to Dilipibad, Pakistan Because of their reduced circumstances the two oldest daughters, Jena and Alys, become teachers at the British School of Dilipibad Alys, the second oldest, teaches English literature and asks her class to rewrite the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice, 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 her to accept a proposal The answers are truly amazing.It was hard to for me to envision Jane Austen in the Muslim world but it works and works well The descriptions of food are mouthwatering I have never eaten Pakistani food but I want to try it The author brought a deft touch to that It was also fun to read the restrictions the women were under and how they worked around them In fact, the entire glimpse into a modern Pakistani culture with their customs was eye opening I loved the wedding traditions where the weddings go on for days.Alys meets Valentine Darsee and is not impressed with him despite his wealth and status Their cat and mouse games certainly is in the spirit of Austen In fact the entire book was faithful to Austen and yet the unique Muslim twist made it fresh and interesting It s a wonderful homage and I appreciated the insights into the Pakistani culture.I recommend this highly flag 12 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 10, 2019 Laurel rated it it was amazing Shelves 21st century, austenesque, austenesque reading 2019 Unmarriageable s premise and opening chapters were immediately promising Kamal had converted Austen s Pride and Prejudice characters into clever doppelgangers of her Regency equivalents the Bennet family became the Binats with sisters Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia becoming Jenazba, Alysba, Marizba, Qittyara, and Lady respectively After being introduced to the Bennet family, whose financial and social position had fallen subsequent to a scandal that destroyed their fortune, the antic Unmarriageable s premise and opening chapters were immediately promising Kamal had converted Austen s Pride and Prejudice characters into clever doppelgangers of her Regency equivalents the Bennet family became the Binats with sisters Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia becoming Jenazba, Alysba, Marizba, Qittyara, and Lady respectively After being introduced to the Bennet family, whose financial and social position had fallen subsequent to a scandal that destroyed their fortune, the anticipation of meeting Mr Darcy, now transformed into Mr Darsee snort , was quenched by the modern interpretation exhibiting all of the noble mien of the original rich, proud, and dishy ZING Living in reduced circumstances, the two eldest Binat sisters are employed as teachers at the British School of Dilipabad, a backwater town in Pakistan Thirty year old Alys enjoys using English literature to expand her ninth grade female students minds into thinking that they might have a life beyond marriage and children She is determined never to marry a puzzling concept to her students who openly express their disbelief and concern for her future Her mother Pinkie is even vexed Alys is one of her five unmarried daughters with no prospect of finding eligible husbands Her father Barkat deals with the devastating loss of his fortune and the pressures from his wife by spending time in his garden.Mrs Binat is certain that their bad luck has turned the corner when the family receives an invitation to the most prestigious wedding that their town has seen in many years She is determined that her daughters will find marriageable husbands during the festivities, while Mr Binat only sees a huge bill for the clothes and jewelry she requires When Jena, Alys s beautiful older sister, attracts the deep attention of Fahad Bungles Bingla, a wealthy entrepreneur, Mrs Binat is in raptures Alys s happiness for her sister is soon offset by her beau s best friend Valentine Darsee who soon expresses his displeasure with the Binat family After Alys accidentally overhears him make unflattering remarks about her she is quick to condemn him and his snobbish ways As the family s hopes run high for a proposal by Bingla for Jena s hand, Alys s dislike for his friend Darsee grows deeper until she realizes that he may not be the insufferable man that she first believed him to be.This energetic and colorful update faithfully follows Austen s plot to the very end Readers will be amazed at how easily Pakistani culture fits into those of Austen s Regency times of two hundred years ago I enjoyed learning about the food, clothing and especially the wedding, that went on for days No wonder Mr Binat is terrified of the expense of marrying off his five daughters Austen is renowned for her sparkling language, unique characterizations, and social reproof A daunting task for any author to match, yet Kamal does a superb job with the dialogue, sharply delivered by memorable characters who strongly resonate Austen s originals with a modern twist Her scenes with the bickering young Binat sisters and between Alys and Darsee really snap, and her spiky dry humor shines throughout The only fault with this novel is that Austen readers may want to jump to the intense and heated sections in the story, ie the multiple marriage proposals, Alys s arrival at Darsee s estate and the showdown between Beena dey Bagh Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Alys Please resist the temptation Don t cheat yourself out of the pleasure of reading every single word of this delightful novel.As an ardent Jane Austen fan, I am thrilled to recommend this witty, razor sharp view of Pakistani culture paralleling Jane Austen s Regency era s Unmarriageable is the modern Pride and Prejudice retelling of my dreams.Laurel Ann, Austenprose flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 04, 2018 Milena rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Unmarriageable is Pride and Prejudice retelling set in modern day Pakistan I found the updated setting interesting but overall I was mostly bored while reading this book I thought that beyond an interesting new setting, modern day Pakistan instead of Regency England, there was nothing new or surprising about this retelling I enjoyed the first and last few chapters but found the big chunk in the middle very boring and humorless Where was the wry wit I was promised Unmarriageable was not a ba Unmarriageable is Pride and Prejudice retelling set in modern day Pakistan I found the updated setting interesting but overall I was mostly bored while reading this book I thought that beyond an interesting new setting, modern day Pakistan instead of Regency England, there was nothing new or surprising about this retelling I enjoyed the first and last few chapters but found the big chunk in the middle very boring and humorless Where was the wry wit I was promised Unmarriageable was not a bad book by any means but it just didn t live up to my expectations ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley flag 9 likesLike see review Mary Beth Traveling Sister Fab review, Milena Dec 05, 2018 03 32AM Milena Mary Beth Traveling Sister wrote Fab review, Milena Thank you Mary Beth Dec 06, 2018 08 47PM Melissa I m reading it right now and finding it a little boring too Trying to decide if I should finish 11 hours, 8 min ago Nov 15, 2018 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 I first read Pride and Prejudice as a teenager and now, many decades later, it s still one of my favorite novels Austen s wonderful and witty writing is a large part of why I still enjoy her book, and no one I ve read can duplicate her style But I also love the story, both the characters and their dynamics, and because of that a well done variation thrills me Soniah Kamal s version, set in modern day Pakistan, thrills me Pakistan turns out to be a perfect setting for Austen s Regency era nov I first read Pride and Prejudice as a teenager and now, many decades later, it s still one of my favorite novels Austen s wonderful and witty writing is a large part of why I still enjoy her book, and no one I ve read can duplicate her style But I also love the story, both the characters and their dynamics, and because of that a well done variation thrills me Soniah Kamal s version, set in modern day Pakistan, thrills me Pakistan turns out to be a perfect setting for Austen s Regency era novel, and learning about some aspects of Pakistani culture is an added bonus of Kamal s book Elizabeth and Darcy seem especially difficult for novelists other than Austen to get right, but Kamal has managed to capture them and the story s other characters while giving them many interesting remakes The Elizabeth and Jane characters teach school and are considered somewhat over the hill being older than this book s Darcy and Bingley The Kitty character is plus size so has to deal with a lot of put downs for not matching society s beauty ideal, and the Anne De Bourgh character has some health problems but is far very far from weak Many of the Kamal s character s have read Austen s Pride and Prejudice and comment on the story, even talking about their own fictional doppelgangers, which is a lot of fun Also, I especially love when novels I m enjoying introduce me to other potential reading possibilities, and Elizabeth and Darcy s ongoing discussion of books has added several novels to my TBR list I read a review copy of this book supplied to me for a nominal cost and with no obligations Review opinions are mine flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Travel.with.aok rated it it was amazing review of another edition What an astounding beautiful novel by Soniah, a very splendid version of Pride and Prejudice told in modern day Pakistan I really enjoyed every line of this amazing book it really is a page turner and it will amaze your mind with all these incredible dranas and twists within the book.The setting is quite enjoyable and interesting, so we meet the Binat family and their terrific members with varying personalities The main character is Alys Binat, a teacher who wants to create positive minds at t What an astounding beautiful novel by Soniah, a very splendid version of Pride and Prejudice told in modern day Pakistan I really enjoyed every line of this amazing book it really is a page turner and it will amaze your mind with all these incredible dranas and twists within the book.The setting is quite enjoyable and interesting, so we meet the Binat family and their terrific members with varying personalities The main character is Alys Binat, a teacher who wants to create positive minds at their students, she really is fierce and independent woman which makes the book so fabulous I really loved her personality all the way to the end.There are plenty scenes with funny acts and that was very delightful, each part of the book had a very special style of writing and I really devoured this with full enthusiasm It really puts you in different emotions all at once and that s what makes it so unique, I really love Soniah s type of writings her details are very interesting and intriguing to read and I highly recommend you to read this masterpiece flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 16, 2018 Sahitya rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves classics myths retellings, contemporary fiction, romance and relationships I have always enjoyed reading Jane Austen retellings and reimaginings because it s fascinating to see how her thoughts and ideas translate into our modern world or how modern authors can interpret them I have liked a few and been disappointed by others, so I knew not to have a lot of expectations from this one But Pride and Prejudice set in 21st century Pakistan held too much appeal and I couldn t stop myself from requesting the ARC And I am so glad to report that this book exceeded all my ex I have always enjoyed reading Jane Austen retellings and reimaginings because it s fascinating to see how her thoughts and ideas translate into our modern world or how modern authors can interpret them I have liked a few and been disappointed by others, so I knew not to have a lot of expectations from this one But Pride and Prejudice set in 21st century Pakistan held too much appeal and I couldn t stop myself from requesting the ARC And I am so glad to report that this book exceeded all my expectations in a delightful way.There is not much I can say about the individual characters because the author stays pretty close to the original in terms of both the plot and the characterization However, making both Jena and Alys unmarried women in their 30s who take up the teaching profession to help their family make ends meet, and then thrive in their independence was a deft touch The Binat family has also extensively traveled abroad and their kids educated in international schools before the downturn in their fortunes, hence it s quite easy to believe Alys as a modern well read woman who loves her country and culture, while also being very critical of a hypocritical society that puts undue pressure on young women to be virtuous and marry and serve their husbands but the men are never expected to respect or value their partners.The whole book is full of social commentary about the class and societal prejudice that felt all too real I ve seen enough of the snobbery and gossip mongering and the too much importance given to people with money, both in the Indian media and in my real life and even the belief that a woman s life is only fulfilled by getting married and bearing children and not by being a person of intellect and with a voice of her own all of this hit too close to home and that s what makes this book so special There were some great conversations in the book which resonated with me about finding home and identity when you ve grown up with foot in your culture and traditions and the other foot trying to adapt to western sensibilities about how we as a country can better celebrate our history while also putting the lasting effects of colonization into context about trying to voice an opposing opinion regarding the place of women in a society that tries to cast them into a mould The other strength of this book and one that I truly enjoyed was the very desi feel of it I m not a Muslim nor Pakistani, so I won t comment on how true that rep is but it did feel quite similar to some of the Pakistani TV dramas I ve watched But the culture, food and language are still very much similar to my own and it was such a delight to read about all of that in such glorious detail All the wedding ceremonies and clothes that were described made me want to run to India and buy some nice extravagant clothes The narration about all the food in detail throughout the book is mouth watering and reading about everyone enjoying these delicacies made me want to join in all the fun And I really adored the generous use of Urdu all through the book it s nice to see some familiar words in conversations and especially the use of famous proverbs The book also lots of nods to Austen s works, right from the first line to the last and some other prominent authors, so be ready for some nice recommendations.Despite how much I enjoyed reading this one, it s not perfect I really loved the few subplots that the author incorporated, but for the most part it s too close to the original The romance between Alys and Darsee also felt very rushed and I would have liked to see them interact and fall in love slowly However, the society and world of PP does translate well into the modern Pakistani setting and the characters felt very believable The story is also very funny and entertaining and I couldn t put it down.If you love Jane Austen and like reimagining her stories, then do give this one a try And if you are from the subcontinent, then I definitely recommend this book You will really really enjoy this desi Pride and Prejudice flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 eyes.2c rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves austen genre, pakistan fiction, netgalley, romance contemporary A vibrant read I so enjoyed this Pride and Prejuidice reimagined in Pakistan Could that be pulled off Yes, Yes and Yes, most definately The Binats and the Bennets are unbeatable To be brutally honest I quail before the plethora of Austen spin offs I dislike them and yet I have no problem with Holmsian off shoots Mmm I am so over them But Unmarriageable is just so different Rich in cultural interactions, in social s, in sharp questions beneath the surface of the story, and of char A vibrant read I so enjoyed this Pride and Prejuidice reimagined in Pakistan Could that be pulled off Yes, Yes and Yes, most definately The Binats and the Bennets are unbeatable To be brutally honest I quail before the plethora of Austen spin offs I dislike them and yet I have no problem with Holmsian off shoots Mmm I am so over them But Unmarriageable is just so different Rich in cultural interactions, in social s, in sharp questions beneath the surface of the story, and of characters and their behaviors that throw the original Austen directly into our world of today So many comparisons of characters can be made, of social customs, of how the author has made the Austen concept work fabulously in this richly flavored novel.These parallels between the Bennets and the Binats are brilliantly displayed, and to my mind given a new lease of life Mr Barkat Bark Binat and Mrs Khushboo Pinkie Binat and their five daughters Jenazba, Alysba, Marizba, Qittyara, and Lady temporarily move from big city Lahore to backwater Dilipabad following a downturn of fortune That was ten years ago Alysba Binat Elizabeth Bennet is an incisive woman making her way as an English teacher of some talent, as is her sister Jena.A society wedding is where the family are thrown into association with Fahad Bingla Mr Bingham , his sisters and his best friend and Darcy like personage, Valentine Darsee.I love the character of Sherry Looclus, Alys Binat s friend, loosely following the character of Elizabeth Bennet s best friend, Charlotte Her reasons for marrying Farhat Kaleen, the Mr Collins character are intelligently explained, and I could fully accept her reasoning.The sharp expos of Mr Binat s fathering model in relationship to Mr Bennet s is illuminating As are the various, wives, daughters and the dastardly Wickaam Indeed I could rave for pages with the various character comparisons They are delightful and insightful I have to say I can see the movie playing out before my eyes I particularly enjoyed Alys discovery of shared literary likes and discussions between herself and Darsee The idea that Darsee puts forward that it s up for debate whether it s the nationality of the author or the geography of the book that determines its place in a country s canon And Alys reply, a book and an author can belong to than one country or culture English came with the colonizers, but its literature is part of our heritage too, as is pre partition writing Another gem, That book made me believe I could have a Pakistani identity inclusive of an English speaking tongue We ve been forced to seek ourselves in the literature of others for too long Fascinating All this coupled with the vibrancy of a world most of us can only guess at, where the sense of color and smell is rampant and the social restrictions and practices as guarded as in Austen s day, perceptively written with a wonderfully understated sense of humor, makes for a brilliant read.I must say I really think this would make a great book club addition.A Ballantine Books ARC via NetGalley flag 6 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 03, 2018 nick rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult, contemporary, december 2018, young adult, arc As a fan of all things Pride Prejudice, I was very excited to read Unmarriageable, pitched as Pride Prejudice set in Pakistan Unmarriageable was a lovely and nostalgic read Almost immediately, we are introduced to the Binats and their family history I have to say, that to me, they were the highlight of this book They were such an amusing and complex family with varying personalities Soniah Kamal does a beautiful job at recapturing the Bennetts from Jane Austen s book but also ma As a fan of all things Pride Prejudice, I was very excited to read Unmarriageable, pitched as Pride Prejudice set in Pakistan Unmarriageable was a lovely and nostalgic read Almost immediately, we are introduced to the Binats and their family history I have to say, that to me, they were the highlight of this book They were such an amusing and complex family with varying personalities Soniah Kamal does a beautiful job at recapturing the Bennetts from Jane Austen s book but also making them her own with the desi flare to their personalities Our Elizabeth here is a woman named Alys Binat She is a teacher at a school trying to push her students into thinking about themselves and less about what society wants expects from them She is a fiercely independent and feminist character whose ideals very much resonated with me Through Alys eyes, Kamal does a wonderful job of providing subtle social commentary on topics such as social class and the woman s role in a home, which are rampant issues in many brown cultures Additionally, she brought Pakistan and Pakistani culture to life There was something extraordinarily warm about Kamal s writing and it certainly showed in the descriptions of the extravagant marriages, the mouth watering food, and the traditions I had a hard time putting down the book for the very reason I m sure you re also wondering what I thought of the Darcy character, Darsee He remained true to the original Austen character and was an interesting individual It was sometimes to gauge what he was thinking, but that only made him all the appealing I do like a little mystery when it comes to love interests in books Speaking of love interests, I didn t particularly find the relationship between Alys and Darsee to be mind blowing, but it s because I felt like they were not the focus of the story This was very much Alys book and I personally don t think that enough time was devoted to fleshing out their budding romance If I were to classify Unmarriageable it would have to be as a women s fiction as opposed to pure contemporary romance If you re a fan of Pride Prejudice and are eager to learn a little bit about a gorgeous culture, I urge you to give this a try flag 6 likesLike see review May 16, 2018 Shikha Malaviya rated it it was amazing I m so fortunate to have been an early reader of this book It s unputdownable It has the same warmth as Louisa May Alcott s Little Women , but also the astute social observations and acerbic bite as Jane Austen s novels Soniah Kamal draws the reader quickly into the pandemonium of the Binat family, as they zigzag through love, marriage and societal expectations Through this novel, we get a deep insight into contemporary Pakistani society through the eyes of smart, independent and sometimes I m so fortunate to have been an early reader of this book It s unputdownable It has the same warmth as Louisa May Alcott s Little Women , but also the astute social observations and acerbic bite as Jane Austen s novels Soniah Kamal draws the reader quickly into the pandemonium of the Binat family, as they zigzag through love, marriage and societal expectations Through this novel, we get a deep insight into contemporary Pakistani society through the eyes of smart, independent and sometimes rebellious young women, who aren t afraid to question tradition, yet still respect it With humor, compassion, and sparkling wit, Soniah Kamal has succeeded in not just paying homage to Austen, but carving a niche of her own, by building a portal between Georgian England and modern day South Asia I predict this will be a bestseller flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Kathleen Flynn added it I was often reminded of Curtis Sittenfeld s Eligible as I read this another one word title, another close and amusing retelling of Pride and Prejudice For me, Eligible s biggest problem lay in how hewing to the plot required the characters to do things that seemed inconsistent with their true natures and the range of possible choices they faced in contemporary America By contrast, setting the action in Pakistan of two decades ago makes the marriage plot setup and the restrictions facing w I was often reminded of Curtis Sittenfeld s Eligible as I read this another one word title, another close and amusing retelling of Pride and Prejudice For me, Eligible s biggest problem lay in how hewing to the plot required the characters to do things that seemed inconsistent with their true natures and the range of possible choices they faced in contemporary America By contrast, setting the action in Pakistan of two decades ago makes the marriage plot setup and the restrictions facing women seem far natural, even if I don t know enough about life there to judge how accurate a picture this truly is I found that especially in the beginning, such as when we met the versions of Bingley and his two sisters, I was unsure about how to read where was the border being drawn between satire and realism This book gained escape velocity for me around the point where the Mr Collins character proposed to the Elizabeth character, and from then on I eagerly resumed reading at every opportunity, excessively diverted There were many funny moments, especially those involving how people interacted with their servants Purity pervert is also a term new to me, and a keeper.I found the characters I enjoyed the most were the secondary ones particularly the Mr Collins, the Charlotte Lucas, and the Mrs Bennet The Colonel Fitzwilliam, the Anne de Bourgh and the Georgiana also offered thought provoking variations on their originals The colonel is transformed into a gay Indian mountain climber, Darcy s friend from b school, for example, while the gentle Georgiana plays the sitar and the Anne is a former model with a mysterious illness.I was struck by how Sittenfeld wrote a whole book with Pride and Prejudice s characters and managed to never mention that book Unmarriageable, by contrast, is full of metafictional moments and impassioned discussions about literature, though the characters nonetheless manage to remain strangely unaware of the striking similarities between Austen s plot and their own lives even when the Elizabeth is contrasting Austen s world with her own flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Quirkybookworm rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley Confession Of most of all the classic books, I have never read Pride and Prejudice Don t shoot me At the time, I wasn t really into romance Believe me I ve learned a lot of classic books Pride and Prejudice wasn t one of them.Good news I will purchase and read Pride and Prejudice soon With that being said, you all can stop yelling or gasping or gaping at me Unmarriageable supposedly is a unique retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan I don t know how closely it followed the origin Confession Of most of all the classic books, I have never read Pride and Prejudice Don t shoot me At the time, I wasn t really into romance Believe me I ve learned a lot of classic books Pride and Prejudice wasn t one of them.Good news I will purchase and read Pride and Prejudice soon With that being said, you all can stop yelling or gasping or gaping at me Unmarriageable supposedly is a unique retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan I don t know how closely it followed the original story I ll have to wait until I read that dang book to differentiate both of them.I truly enjoyed this version I love seeing the Pakistan culture The sisters made me laugh and love the sarcasm It is full of humor and entertaining It kept me interested until I finished the book.I am going to leave this here for now until I finish the actual Pride and Prejudice to review on Unmarriageable.I d give the book a low four stars for the moment.I received this humorous ARC from Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books through Net Galley for my honest and unbiased book Thank you flag 5 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 20, 2019 Holly rated it really liked it review of another edition At the wedding, you talked of a Pakistani Jane Austen But will we ever hear the English or Americans talk of an equivalent Darsee talking to AlysUnmarriageable is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan The book follows the original Pride and Prejudice plot very closely while adding elements of the culture of Pakistan seamlessly into the story.This is the first retelling of Pride and Prejudice that I have read and I feel it really captured the essence of the original At the wedding, you talked of a Pakistani Jane Austen But will we ever hear the English or Americans talk of an equivalent Darsee talking to AlysUnmarriageable is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan The book follows the original Pride and Prejudice plot very closely while adding elements of the culture of Pakistan seamlessly into the story.This is the first retelling of Pride and Prejudice that I have read and I feel it really captured the essence of the original story and characters as well highlighting aspects of the Pakistani culture regarding marriage and gender roles I also feel this did a lot to highlight the fact that the English culture is such a major part of other cultures yet we tend to look upon others as exotic or different because we don t take the time to truly understand or take in other cultures as they have our own.I truly enjoyed this story and getting to see the characters set in a different culture then my own A big thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Anna never_withouta_book rated it really liked it review of another edition Jane Austen fans will appreciate this rendition of Pride and Prejudice modern day Pakistani style This is the first remake of Pride and Prejudice that I think is to the T in accuracy The way Kamal integrated much of Pakistani culture and tradition in this novel was very interesting Her descriptions were so vivid that I had to stop look things up This was a fun read flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 04, 2018 Sara Jo rated it liked it Shelves netgalley As a fan of the Pride Prejudice novel, I felt this was a decent Pakistani retelling However, it felt like a direct copy playing to PP with all the references to the original and explaining the original Those of us who are fans already know it so we don t need the reminders It would have been better to just aim to be a true retelling.I enjoy learning new cultures and enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the author I am not familiar with Muslim Pakistani culture so there were some i As a fan of the Pride Prejudice novel, I felt this was a decent Pakistani retelling However, it felt like a direct copy playing to PP with all the references to the original and explaining the original Those of us who are fans already know it so we don t need the reminders It would have been better to just aim to be a true retelling.I enjoy learning new cultures and enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the author I am not familiar with Muslim Pakistani culture so there were some items I struggled with namely how cruel Mrs Binat and most of the daughters were to each other and others The same characters from the original PP were cruel harsh but this novel took it to a new level Perhaps that is the culture but I did not like it at all It is never made clear why the author chose to set the novel in 2000 2001 either Alys s opinions about many things seemed to be better suited to topics that are hot button issues today, even if they were years ago as well.The biggest problem for me was that I did not like Alys at all Lizzie Bennett is an iconic character and Alys could not fill those shoes Most of the time I did not like Alys at all and found her self righteous and annoying.Novel provided for free by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 28, 2018 Devoney Looser rated it it was amazing review of another edition I was lucky to get my hands on this book pre publication and to have a chance to provide an endorsement The details about the naming of the Lydia like Lady Binat are still cracking me up Love this book Soniah Kamal s Unmarriageable, a brilliant fictional homage to Pride and Prejudice, reimagined in 21st century Pakistan, is not only light, bright, and sparkling It is sassy, sharp, and funny Her Alysba Binat is transformed into a gifted, defiant English literature teacher at a British school I was lucky to get my hands on this book pre publication and to have a chance to provide an endorsement The details about the naming of the Lydia like Lady Binat are still cracking me up Love this book Soniah Kamal s Unmarriageable, a brilliant fictional homage to Pride and Prejudice, reimagined in 21st century Pakistan, is not only light, bright, and sparkling It is sassy, sharp, and funny Her Alysba Binat is transformed into a gifted, defiant English literature teacher at a British school for girls in provincial Dilipabad She and her sisters Jena, Mari, Lady, and Quitty navigate a shallow world of luxury and privilege, searching for its pockets of fairness, integrity, and, of course, love Kamal, like Austen, has created a colorful world filled with everyday detail, conversation, and emotion, that also serves as an incisive, loving look at the society it puts under the microscope This is a beautiful novel flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Jessica rated it did not like it I have frequently thought about the similarities between Jane Austen s regency era and Muslim life, so I m always glad to see an Austen reboot with a Muslim spin Unfortunately, I found the Muslim representation in Soniah Kamal s Unmarriageable offensive and the writing mediocre.Unmarriageable is a very close adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, sticking to the original story turn for turn Because it takes place in modern day Pakistan, the author makes minor changes Balls become weddings, and wh I have frequently thought about the similarities between Jane Austen s regency era and Muslim life, so I m always glad to see an Austen reboot with a Muslim spin Unfortunately, I found the Muslim representation in Soniah Kamal s Unmarriageable offensive and the writing mediocre.Unmarriageable is a very close adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, sticking to the original story turn for turn Because it takes place in modern day Pakistan, the author makes minor changes Balls become weddings, and while Darcy shocked Elizabeth when he asked her to dance, Darsee shocks Alysba when he gifts her a book he thinks she should read.What this close adaptation means for readers, however, is that their perceptions of characters and events are amplified by their reading of Pride and Prejudice That is why I got a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach when I discovered that Kamal chose to make Mary and Mr Collins, the two most odious characters in the original, the primary representation of practicing Muslims in the new version In Unmarriageable, Mari and Kaleen are stupid, disagreeable, and intolerant Mari is sanctimonious and judgmental Here is an example Disgusting, Mari hissed at Lady and Qitty You both need to get your heads examined before you really head to hell In one scene, Kaleen refuses to shake hands with members of the opposite sex supposedly representing his piety and then reminisces about a time when he was young and blackmailed his cousins into giving him a lewd magazine cutout He then says the following abhorrent line That picture, Kaleen said, allowed me an early window into the different types of women available in the world, and so I was able to see clearly at a young age which women were worthy of my time, attention, and earnings Further amplifying my dislike of the treatment of Islam in this novel is my sense that the author has an agenda she s pushing There is a scene where the sisters meet some people, and Mari declines to shake a man s hand Alys doesn t have any problem shaking the man s hand, and she does, but then she calls Mari self righteous for declining What kind of colonized feminism is this Am I alone in thinking that every woman should have the choice to touch or not touch whomever she wants The only neutral representation of Islam that I found in this book is that at one point, Jena, who is a beloved character, prays before dressing for an event But aside from this simple, everyday moment, nearly all representations of Islam in Unmarriageable are of characters that we either dislike or that we are meant to laugh at practicing an ugly distortion of Islam.Another quibble that I have with this novel is the wholly ridiculous obsession that its characters have with Pride and Prejudice How are they constantly discussing the original story and its characters and not seeing the similarities to themselves and their own lives A final complaint is with the vulgarity, which I found inappropriate both in its essence and in the probability that those characters would actually be that vulgar For example, Kaleen says that his late wife smoked a hookah because hookahs do not possess the indecent shape of a cigarette I refuse to be 100% negative, however, and there were a few things I liked For example, there were quite a few gender flips in this adaptation that were clever and that got my nerdy feminist heart beating wildly For example, Alysba is the first to notice Darsee s fine eyes, rather than the other way around Another flip is an insult that Alysba flings at Darsee when she refuses his offer of marriage she calls him unmarriageable This is wonderful because Alysba lives in a society and teaches at a school where the goal is to groom girls into the best of marriageable material Another positive is Kitty s adaptation into Qitty a plus sized artist She struggles throughout the book with Lady s Lydia s teasing, but eventually learns that she is fat and intelligent, fat and funny, fat and kind, etc She becomes a blogger, columnist, and role model, and she writes a graphic novel.I love Pride and Prejudice as much as the next book nerd, but I will not be recommending this adaptation to anyone Instead, I highly recommend Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin It s a loose Pride and Prejudice adaptation set in Toronto it s really funny and it has great Muslim representation.I know that so many people have really liked this book, so I d love hear other opinions Have I got it all wrong Am I being too sensitive Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Gausia OMG YES THank you I had been looking forward to this book and was so disappointed, primarily because of the warped representation of Islam like you OMG YES THank you I had been looking forward to this book and was so disappointed, primarily because of the warped representation of Islam like you discussed Granted, I am a desi Muslim living in the US, but I can t imagine this is how it actually is in Pakistan Jan 30, 2019 03 10AM Jessica Gausia wrote OMG YES THank you I had been looking forward to this book and was so disappointed, primarily because of the warped representation of Gausia wrote OMG YES THank you I had been looking forward to this book and was so disappointed, primarily because of the warped representation of Islam like you discussed Granted, I am a desi Muslim living i Thank you for this validation I ve been seeing mixed reviews, and even though some negative reviews are coming from other Muslims, I still keep on doubting myself But then I feel frustrated that I don t even expect fair representation Jan 30, 2019 06 59AM Sarah I think the author has been living abroad for a long time now so this is just the kind of misrepresentation of everything a non pakistani resident wou I think the author has been living abroad for a long time now so this is just the kind of misrepresentation of everything a non pakistani resident would have in their book Thank you for this book It makes me sad to think that Muslims can t be portrayed like normal beings in anything There always in some religious societal conflict one or the other instead of just living their own stories of who they are and how they see themselves and what can they do to achieve their goals or dreams Jan 31, 2019 10 13PM Jan 13, 2019 Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves ninjas 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 the opening sentence of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane AustenThis delightful Pakistani re telling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE starts out with ninth grade teacher Alys Binat asking her female students to rewrite the opening sentence of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Their writings nakedly reveal their societal status and how they have been taught tha 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 the opening sentence of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane AustenThis delightful Pakistani re telling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE starts out with ninth grade teacher Alys Binat asking her female students to rewrite the opening sentence of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Their writings nakedly reveal their societal status and how they have been taught that marriage is their ultimate goal.Alys heart sinks each year as her students, with their brilliant minds, never consider exploring the world and paving their own ways through life instead of seeing marrying young and well as their only options Yet each year she uses the reading of Jane Austen s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE to show how the mother and the protagonist start out with similar views and goals and where and why they begin to separate in those views.Alys Binat says she will never marry but, like Elizabeth Bennett, life just did not turn out that way when Darsee entered her life Kamal manipulated the characters names to somewhat match the name of the characters in the classic telling Some of the nicknames were hilarious Rum, Gin, Hammy, Dracula I especially loved the characters of Sherry Looclus Charlotte Lucas and Farhat Kaleen Mr Collins Sherry is the kind of friend you want by your side through good and bad The story was utterly delightful and the writing impeccable Charming and funny with relatable characters, this unique re telling of the classic story PRIDE AND PREJUDICE looks at love, sisterhood, class, and marriage with a fresh twist Kamal provided awesome insight into human relationships, especially within the Binat family of five daughters and their parents O Connor, Austen, Alcott, Wharton Characters emotions and situations are universally applicable across cultures, whether you re wearing an empire dress, shalwar kurta, or kimono Some conversations are pretty much universal, heard in families whatever the culture may be Example Both of you, shut up, Mrs Binat said For God s sake, is this why I went through your pregnancies and labor pains and nursed you both and gave myself stretch marks and saggy breasts So that you can grow up and be bad sisters How many times must I tell you Be nice to each other, love each other, for at the end of the day, siblings are all you have Tell me you haven t heard some version of that from your own mother.I enjoyed the historical tidbits about the partitioning of Pakistan and India and the involvement of the English empire I suspect she used much farce in her descriptions of modern day Pakistani culture A truly delightful story I end with a quote from the book that I think should be highlighted We know that friends can be made anywhere and everywhere, regardless of race or religion I received an Advance Review Copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Literary Fiction Unmarriageable Giveaway 1 17 Feb 01, 2019 02 24PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer Her novel Unmarriageable is a retelling of Jane Austen s Pride Prejudice and is set in Pakistan Soniah Kamal s debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize and an Rising Star pick Soniah s TEDx talk, Redreaming Your Dream, is about regrets and secon Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer Her novel Unmarriageable is a retelling of Jane Austen s Pride Prejudice and is set in Pakistan Soniah Kamal s debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize and an Rising Star pick Soniah s TEDx talk, Redreaming Your Dream, is about regrets and second chances Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Catapult, The Normal School, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Missing Slate, BuzzFeed, The James Dickey Review, Scroll and Literary Hub, and has been widely anthologized.Soniah s short story Fossils , judged by Claudia Rankine, won the Agnes Scott 2017 Festival Award for Fiction and her story Jelly Beans was selected for The Best Asian Stories Series 2017 Her essay The Fall How to Survive Your Father s Imprisonment was nominated for a Pushcart Prize Her short stories and essays have been shortlisted for awards including the Sequestrum Editor s Reprint Award and the Payton James Freeman Prize and are recommended reads by VELA and Longreads Soniah is the recipient of the Susan B Irene Award from St Johns College where she graduated with a BA Honors in Liberal Arts and awarded a Paul Bowles Fiction Fellowship from Georgia State University where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing She has served as Fiction Assistant Editor for Five Points A Journal of Arts and Literature and is Blog Editor for Jaggery A Desilit Arts and Literature Journal where she started and runs the interview series Drunk on Ink Soniah curated and edited Sugar Mule Literary Magazine s South Asian issue No Place Like Home , a compilation of memoir, poetry and fiction from 47 writers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Soniah is a member of the National Books Critics Circle, PEN America and the Jane Austen Society of North America She has taught fiction at Oglethorpe University and teaches creative writing at the Etowah Valley Writers Institute, the low residency MFA program at Reinhardt University Soniah was a script consultant on the social activist film Half Widow set in Kashmir Hairy Potter is a collection of Soniah s weekly social satire column that ran in Pakistan s national newspaper The Daily Times Sunday Soniah was born in Pakistan, grew up in England and Saudi Arabia and lives in the U.S New Mexico, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, California and currently in Georgia


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    1. 4.5 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 cul 4. [...]


    2. Out freaking standing READ THIS BOOK I 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 and never let go An absolute delight, but also insightful and educational 5 BIG STARS


    3. On sale now A Pakistani retelling of Pride and Prejudice And by an author born in Pakistan Sign me up 3.75 stars It s not perfect, and often it follows the original PP plot a little too closely, especially with the characters names and some famous lines and scenes from PP that were a little too spot on Alysba Alys Binat as Elizabeth Bennet and Valentine Darsee are okay, but I draw the line at Jeorgeulla Wickaam and the Looclus Lucas clan Humeria Hammy and Sumeria Sammy On sale now A Pakistani re [...]


    4. 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 sequels , takeoffs, etc Some have been very good Eligible, Longbourn , others deadly Mary B, I m looking at you.This takeoff on PP takes place in modern day Pakistan, which works well, because so few other places in modern times can get away It is a truth [...]


    5. 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 plans for a loop That said, I read Unmarriageable recently, and it blew me out of the water I hadn t had a chance to post the review on , so this worked out well to share with you today Wow, this 5 stars to Unmarriageable Do [...]


    6. Unmarriageable, as many no doubt know, is an entertaining re telling of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice with a twist.If 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 Unma [...]


    7. 5Yesss you guys I love a good Pride and Prejudice retelling, and Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal is one of the best ones I have read yet What it s about Set in modern day Pakistan, the Binat family has lost their good reputation and none of their 5 daughters are married yet All of her sisters want to be married, but Alys the second oldest is a headstrong and forward thinking English teacher, and she is perfectly happy being single much to the chagrin of her mother Pinkie When the 5Yesss you guys [...]


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