Unmarriageableby Published 22 Jan 2019
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In this one-of-a-kind retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.
A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more.
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.
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3.75 stars. It's not perfect, and often it follows the original P&P plot a little too closely, especially with the characters' names and some famous lines and scenes from P&P 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 P&P in some interesting ways; Sherry's point of view and subplot, for example, was really fascinating to me [spoilers removed]. 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 P&P 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[spoilers removed].
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 P&P 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.
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 P&P ( 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 life...
Alys 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 more important to educate girls and teach them that they can be more than just somebody’s wife...
The 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 P&P 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 original...
This 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 me
I buy my own diamonds and I buy my own rings
Only ring your celly when I'm feelin' lonely
When it's all over please get up and leave
Question, tell me how you feel about this
Try to control me, boy, you get dismissed
Pay my own fun, oh, and I pay my own bills
Always fifty fifty in relationships
The shoes on my feet, I've bought it
The clothes I'm wearing, I've bought it
The rock I'm rockin', I've bought it
'Cause I depend on me if I want it
The watch I'm wearin', I've bought it
The house I live in, I've bought it
The car I'm driving, I've bought it
I depend on me, I depend on me
All the women, who are independent
Destinys Child 2000
*** A huge thank you to Random House Valentine for my copy of this book ***
“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 P&P 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 shirt...
Where 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 P&P 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 P&P revision I can recommend. My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.
I 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 P&P. 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.
P&P 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.
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 more 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.
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