UnmarriageableAlys 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 OfWhen 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 GlanceTold 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 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. 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 A Pakistani retelling of Pride and Prejudice And by an author born in Pakistan I was all, sign me up So 3.66 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 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. 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 Goodreads, 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 www.jennifertarheelreader.com Between 3 and 3.5 stars.There 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 it.Jane 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 in movies, both in the U.S and abroad, but it has also been used as the basis of everything from Bridget Jones s Diary to Bollywood Bride and Prejudice to science fiction Pride and Prejudice and Zombies , and everything in between.Soniah Kamal s Unmarriageable is another take on Austen s novel, this time set in modern day Pakistan The once wealthy Binat family has seen its fortunes dwindle as the result of rumors and vicious jealousy Even worse than losing the creature comforts they had come to enjoy is the damage their financial fall from grace will do to the marriage prospects for the Binats five daughters.While this is dismaying for many of the Binat women, 30 year old Alysba Binat could care less She d be fine with never marrying, if only her mother would stop hassling her Working as an English literature teacher at a British school in her town, Alys tries to teach her students to think independently, to want than marriage and a family, which is what they are all raised to desire This often gets Alys into trouble with the school s principal, who wants her to focus on the actual lessons and not trying to change the girls aspirations Yet it always upset her that young brilliant minds, instead of exploring the universe, were busy chiseling themselves to fit into the molds of Mrs and Mom It wasn t that she was averse to Mrs Mom, only that none of the girls seemed to have ever considered traveling the world by themselves, let alone been encouraged to do so, or to shatter a glass ceiling, or laugh like a mad woman in public without a care for how it looked When the Binats are invited to their town s biggest wedding, attended by the who s who of Pakistan and elsewhere, Mrs Binat hopes that Alys and her older sister, Jena, will catch the eye of eligible men, and hopefully reel them in On the first night of the festivities, Jena meets Fahad Bingla, a successful entrepreneur, and he takes a shine to her Bingla s best friend, Valentine Darsee, also meets the Binat family and is less than impressed with them, especially Alys Darsee tells Bingla that she is neither smart nor good looking enough for him, which Alys overhears.If you ve read or seen any version of Pride and Prejudice before, you know what comes next, as Alys and Darsee find themselves in a battle of wills, as the Binat family tries to make sure their daughters find suitable husbands Mrs Binat in particular isn t interested in what Alys herself wants she needs to think of her family for once But will she marry for money For love Or will she be the rare lucky one who can find both Unmarriageable is a sweet, fun romp, and Kamal retains enough of the core of Austen s book while adding twists of her own I found that it worked better for me when I stopped trying to figure out how the characters names corresponded to the original ones and, for that matter, stopped comparing everything to the original She did a great job creating vivid imagery that helped me picture the different settings, the fashions, and the way the love stories unfolded.I thought the pacing of the book was a little slow, but beyond that, it was a fun, interesting read I liked Kamal s concept, but I honestly hope it s not a growing trend I m one of those curmudgeons who like the classics to stay classic, and don t see the need to update them for the modern world.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at A beautifully told story full of character charm and culture This was such a magical story, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern day Pakistan Full disclosure I have never read PP don t tell anybody and this book still was pure magic Soniah Kamal has crafted a wonderfully told tale that really brought the people and the culture of Pakistan to lifeAlys is a modern self sufficient woman living in a not so modern or forward thinking Pakistan there is a definite tug of war between what Alys wants and what her mother and society believe she needs Alys is the second daughter in a family of five girls, and her mother is determined to get them all married off well Alys Who works as a English literature teacher feels as though it is important to educate girls and teach them that they can be than just somebody s wifeThe Pakistani culture absolutely fascinated me and I loved learning about a different culture The characters in the story were so well developed and likable I was seriously ready to hop on a plane to Pakistan and visit Alys and sisters any similarities to PP were completely lost on me, but as I mentioned previously that definitely did not hinder my enjoyment of this book The story was captivating, the characters were charming, and the romance was sweet yes there is a Mr Darcy and even I know that is from the originalThis is an exquisite story that will make you proud to be a woman and grateful that there are wonderful books like this to read Absolutely recommend song running through my head I could see this being Alys s anthem Question, tell me what you think about meI buy my own diamonds and I buy my own ringsOnly ring your celly when I m feelin lonelyWhen it s all over please get up and leaveQuestion, tell me how you feel about thisTry to control me, boy, you get dismissedPay my own fun, oh, and I pay my own billsAlways fifty fifty in relationshipsThe shoes on my feet, I ve bought itThe clothes I m wearing, I ve bought itThe rock I m rockin , I ve bought it Cause I depend on me if I want itThe watch I m wearin , I ve bought itThe house I live in, I ve bought itThe car I m driving, I ve bought itI depend on me, I depend on meAll the women, who are independentThrow your Destinys Child 2000 A huge thank you to Random House Valentine for my copy of this book 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 names instead of these weird variations If I were being honest, this felt like a tacky dubbing of a renowned foreign movie in the regional language for local audience s benefit than a remake Expected something better in PP s unique flavor Reminded me of the time I watched Harry Potter and Malfoy shouting outrageous spells in Tamil and went through severe bouts of annoyance.The writing was wonderful though Soniah manages to cultivate Austen s humor and cleverly aligns the present day Pakistan groom hunting scenes to that of Britain s regency era However, the complete lack of originality was appalling and off putting Ardent Austen fans will either love this or hate this I was mostly disinterested. 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 5 daughters The Binats Jena, Alys, Mari, Qitty and Lady Each daughter still unwed, much to their overbearing mother s distress I enjoyed Unmarriageable s fresh take on a classic story with this newer time period and the incorporation of a different culture A few years ago, I read Curtis Sittenfeld s Eligible, which is another take on Pride and Prejudice I enjoyed that one than this story In Unmarriageable, I found Mrs Binat to be especially exhausting and dramatic I also didn t feel much chemistry between the male characters and the Binat sisters While the story started off strong, my interest did fade toward the middle and I felt the momentum really slow down It did pick up again eventually, but not to the same level as earlier in the book Not my favorite, but still a solid 3 star read Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing an advance copy of Unmarriageable in exchange for an honest review. 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

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Unmarriageable
  • Soniah Kamal
  • English
  • 09 September 2018
  • 9780525486480