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Unmarriageable
Unmarriageable: A Novel | Soniah Kamal
In this retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, the five Binat sisters and their marriage-obsessed mother navigate a world where money trumps morality and double standards rule the day. A scandal and vicious rumor in the Binat family has 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 school girls. Knowing that many of her students won't make it to graduation without dropping out to marry and start having children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire them to dream of more. When an invitation arrives for the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for eligible--and rich--bachelors, certain that their luck is about to change. On the first night of the festivities, Alys's lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of one of the most eligible bachelors. But his friend, Valentine Darsee, is clearly unimpressed by the family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her, quickly dismissing him and his snobbish ways. But 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.
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Bojo2006
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I loved the concept of this book...to mirror the characters and storyline of Pride and Prejudice into early 2000‘s Pakistan. It‘s amazing how well Jane Austen‘s themes could be updated for another century and adapted by another culture. This book was a study of humanity, of our cultural similarities, of how the human condition has the same basic victories and struggles no matter when or where you live. Loved it.

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Well-ReadNeck
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BookishMarginalia
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The silver lining in insomnia? Why, reading, of course! #BonBonCat is out for the count, though. #catsofLitsy

alisonrose Don‘t you wish it was as easy for us to fall asleep as it is for cats? 2mo
Texreader So true! I probably get most of my reading done because of my insomnia! 2mo
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thea-block
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It took me a while to get into this, which was surprising as a retelling of Pride & Prejudice set in modern day Pakistan. At first I found it too exact a copy of P&P, and then the themes seemed repeated incessantly. Eventually it picked up, but it was never fully redeemed for me. The author really focused on the females relationships, and the love stories seemed like afterthoughts. I wish there was more “showing” and less “telling.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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It takes a lot for a Austenesque to
earn a spot on my All Things Austen Bookshelf. Unmarriageable I read Library copy earlier this year. Loved it so much I had to have Print copy. Ayesha at Last I had heard good things about so I bought a copy to start with. It's definitely a keeper! 📚
#bestaustenesque #austeninaugust2019

Nute Beautiful covers! 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Nute They are! 😍 2mo
marleed I love to purchase my 5* books after evaluating from a library loan. Ayesha was very good! 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @marleed Love My Library! 2mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Soniah Kamal's Unmarriageable opens with protagonist Alys teaching a class of girls in Pakistan about a key phrase from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. From that moment, I loved this book. Kamal retells Austen's classic story, set in the early 2000s in Pakistan. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod In her essay "Pride and Prejudice and Me," she writes, "As I read and reread Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet and every other character ceased to be English--to me, they were Pakistani. . . . Ever since I could remember, I'd been engaging in literary transference/transplantation/translation from one culture to another. ⬇️ 2mo
UnabridgedPod Growing up on English literature, I taught myself to see my daily reality reflected in my reading material, while plumbing its universal truths in search of particulars" (334-335). That layer of awareness pervades the novel, making each mirror of the original plot more resonant because of the characters' (and, particularly, Alys's) understanding of Austen's observations. ⬇️ 2mo
UnabridgedPod Kamal is an excellent writer, and the plight of Alys and her family, of her reaction to Darsee and his friends, of the alternate excess and deficits of the families in the society is moving because of and beyond its source material. I've read a lot of excellent Austen rewrites recently, and this novel will join that collection without a doubt. 2mo
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Ivonnini

Marriage should be a part of life and not life

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Holliesplaining

“Internal misogyny has made a mockery of female solidarity,” Alys said, forlorn.

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BookishMarginalia
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#BonBonCat guards the stack of library books I picked up today. First library visit after returning from our trip. #CatsofLitsy

Butterfinger Ok. I have a question. Did both of you check out two copies of Whitehead or sharing? Hahaha. I just noticed that it was in both stacks. @WanderingBookaneer 3mo
WanderingBookaneer @Butterfinger : We each placed a hold without knowing the other had done the same. 3mo
Bookwormjillk That‘s really funny 😆 3mo
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LouBeth
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I'm really enjoying this audio book.
I put together a new bookshelf while listening and Luna automatically thinks it is just for her. #CatsOfLitsy
I made my personal goal of 18 hours this weekend for #24B4Monday. I'm still working up to the whole 24 hours.

LauraJ Well, of course! Why would you bring anything into the house if it wasn‘t for the cat? 3mo
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Holliesplaining
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I can‘t resist a P&P adaptation. What am I supposed to do? NOT read it? 🤷🏼‍♀️

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suvata
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bookworm in possession of a good book, must share said book with like-minded readers.

Unmarriageable is that book.

In the end matter, Soniah Kamal writes:
“I wanted to write a novel that paid homage to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, as well as combined my braided identification with English-language and Pakistani culture, so that the ‘literature of others‘ became the literature of everyone.”

JazzFeathers 💙💙💙💙 Love that quote... and l have to write down your opening, that's simply brilliant! 3mo
suvata @JazzFeathers Awww, Thanks. 3mo
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erinjohns
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All the love for this Pakistani re-make of Pride and Prejudice. A fantastic read that brings some charming culture, humour, and fun to a classic tale.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I will read pretty much any P&P retelling. This one was modern and set in India. It had a lot or cultural references that I did not get, but overall I liked it.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Panpan

I feel like this maybe had potential, but it‘s having trouble holding my attention and life‘s to short for that.

#summerreadingguide

mreads 🐕❤ 4mo
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MallenNC
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When I think of love stories I quickly think of Pride and Prejudice. There‘s no shortage of retellings, which is fine with me because I love a retelling more than anything! I loved Unmarriageable and Longbourn. I plan to read Ayesha at Last this summer, and maybe I‘ll finally get to A Summer for Scandal soon. #SummerLove #SongsofSummer

OriginalCyn620 Same! ❤️❤️❤️😎 4mo
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I have a copy of Ayesha at Last if you want it after I finish. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 @MallenNC Yes please! 😊 4mo
AlaMich I loved Longbourn, and I hadn‘t even read PnP when i read it. I have since though, and loved it too. 4mo
MallenNC @AlaMich I think that‘s a sign of a good retelling when it‘s enjoyable even if you haven‘t read the original. 4mo
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ulrichyumiodd
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You get what the cover promises: Pride and Prejudice in (nowadays) Pakistan. The idea is clever and works well. I am not a big fan of Pride and Prejudice, so I knew it would not be a new favorite, but it was fun overall. It could be a bit more subtle.

DGRachel It was definitely not subtle. 😆😆 5mo
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ulrichyumiodd
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I had to book in another hotel for a night, and I wish I stayed here all week. This chair is as cozy as it looks and is perfectly situated to read with the light falling on the book. I might take the day to rest and enjoy a good novel!

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DGRachel
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This book is exactly what it claims to be: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan. Seriously, it‘s almost like Kamal just made the character names more Pakistani, moved the location, and changed the time period. Amazingly, it works beautifully! This was a really enjoyable retelling and perfect when I needed a break from all things dark and violent.

WorldsOkayestStepMom That cover! 💖 5mo
DGRachel @WorldsOkayestStepMom It is beautiful. 😍 5mo
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ontheBL
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Kamal retells Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice set in small town Pakistan. The Binats are a good Muslim family but have the misfortune of five unmarried daughters at home. This is a beautiful novel combining a British classic with modern Pakistani culture.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/30/unmarriageable/

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DGRachel
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#Litsy 😆

ReadingOverSleeping Basically! 5mo
lover.of.the.classics Sounds about right 😂 5mo
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DGRachel
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😆 #truth

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DGRachel
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😆😆 And on that note, I‘m calling it a day with just under 4 hours for #24b4monday. I won‘t get much reading done tomorrow because I‘m going to see Avengers: Endgame, but since Monday is a holiday, maybe I‘ll make #24b4Tuesday. 🤔

Caterina I was also thinking about making it #24B4Tuesday! 😂 I spent today with family and have church tomorrow, so I won't get much reading done either, and I REALLY wanted to hit 24 hours... We can do 24B4Tuesday together! 🙌👍 5mo
DGRachel @Caterina It‘s a deal! 😊 5mo
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GingerAntics Fair point. Very fair, solid point. 5mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that few Pride & Prejudice retellings are allowed precious space on my All Things Austen. bookshelf. This was Library borrow that I will definitely buy a Print Copy for my Forever Shelf. P & P is, I think the hardest Austen to modernize. Whole 'you must marry or starve in the hedgerows' doesn't work in our Western society. Soniah Kamal brilliantly makes it work in Pakistan. 🤓
#allthingsausten

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Well-ReadNeck
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I enjoyed this retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern day Pakistan. This retelling hit every significant plot point of the original. Fun.

MallenNC It was fun! 5mo
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DebinHawaii
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I read many Pride and Prejudice variations & while reading, I often wonder what Jane would think. I think she would have loved this one. All of the witty observations of the original, but set in Pakistan, it verges away from the original story just enough & had me smiling & even laughing out loud. I borrowed the library e-book but enjoyed it enough to want a print copy for my Austen shelves & I feel the need to rewatch my Bride & Prejudice DVD.🤗

llwheeler Yes to Bride and Prejudice! Love it. And I loved this book too. 5mo
Joanne1 Sold! 5mo
marleed I often Overdrive a book and then purchase the physical copy. No guilt at all - with an extra thrill when thrifted! ... And can I just say, your posts are yummy! 5mo
DebinHawaii @marleed Thank you!! Books and food are my passion. 😋📚 5mo
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MallenNC
Unmarriageable | Soniah Kamal
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I love a retelling, and a Pride and Prejudice retelling is irresistible to me. This one was great fun.

DGRachel Alright. That does it. I‘m dropping my other reads and starting this one! 😆 6mo
MallenNC @DGRachel I hope you like it! 6mo
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DebinHawaii
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It's all about the balance. I brought a Blueberry-Lavender Chia Seed Pudding Parfait & grabbed SBUX dark roast coffee for my breakfast and then my coworker brought in my favorite poi-mochi donuts from Liliha Bakery this morning. I had both. 🤗Purple-hued food makes for an excellent breakfast 💜😋along with a quick chapter of my library e-book before my day gets crazy. Happy Thursday! (aka Friday Junior) 🎉

BarbaraJean Looks tasty! I like “Friday Junior”! I always refer to Thursday as “Friday Eve.” 😁 6mo
DebinHawaii @BarbaraJean My coworker calls it Friday Junior but I like Friday Eve as well! 🤣 6mo
Cinfhen Yum!!!!!! Hi Deb 😘😘 5mo
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen Hey There! 🤗😘🤗 5mo
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DebinHawaii
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that I must work my way through as many Pride and Prejudice retellings & adaptations as possible--especially the ones from a different cultural perspective. One of my many current reads, this library e-book is being enjoyed with today's lunch & #soupersundays blog post: Jacques Pepin's Seafood Chowder.
(Link to recipe post 👇🏻)

Why do Sunday afternoons always go by so fast?! 😔

BookishMarginalia I have this one from the library. 6mo
RealLifeReading Ooh I love chowder 6mo
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MallenNC
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My current listen. I had this out from the library a while back but had to turn it back in before I got too far. The audiobook is fun. I love a retelling.

DGRachel I bought this one in print and can't wait to get to it! 6mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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So here‘s my question-if the book “Pride and Prejudice” exists in your “Pride and Prejudice” retelling and your characters reference “Pride and Prejudice” constantly, then shouldn‘t they REALIZE they‘re in a “Pride and Prejudice” retelling? 🤯🤕 If you know about Mr. Wickham and then a copy of Mr. Wickham shows up in your world WHY would you leave your sister alone with him??

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bookandbedandtea
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This was so funny! It was also touching at times and contained quite a bit of social commentary- much like the original. It also contains the most wonderful descriptions of foods, clothing, and customs. I found myself googling frequently which enhanced my enjoyment. I think it improved on the original by showing genuine love between the sisters. And the glimpses we got of Qitty's and Mr & Mrs Binat's futures made me happy. 👍😁

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TheBookBabes
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It might just be that this book was written just for me, but I absolutely loved it. A marriage of Pride and Prejudice + Pakistani culture?! It was so perfect and lovely. Hilarious. And honestly, the concept couldn‘t have fit together in any better way. It was such a refreshing way to compare and contrast women‘s rights in modern times.

Full review at http://tinyw.in/bWaY

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suzisteffen
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A definite pick, with a Pakistani family that mirrors the Bennets but not exactly - though the plot is familiar, some of the geography and reasons must change, of course. Most very enjoyable. “Lady”/Lydia‘s treatment of her sister Qitty is unpleasant, as is everyone else‘s attention to Qitty‘s weight, though she has a few surprises in store. I liked the anticolonial, feminist, and literary themes on every page. Worth the wait! #library 4.5⭐️

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suzisteffen
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“Can any amount of good ever merit the interference of empire? Do we never speak English again? Not read the literature? Erasing history is not the answer so how does a country put the lasting affects of empire in proper context?” - Alys (~Lizzy) in this Pakistani retelling of #PrideandPrejudice

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suzisteffen
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Omg, have had this on hold for MONTHS & it just came through. #prideandprejudice #retelling #novel

TheEllieMo Ooh, looks interesting! 6mo
suzisteffen @TheEllieMo I‘m always up for a good (or even mediocre) P&P retelling. 😊 6mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Only a couple chapters in and I've highlighted something on almost every page. 😊

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Librarybelle
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I fell in love with this cover when I saw it advertised through the Jane Austen Centre in Bath‘s online store. Plus, signed by the author. A few clicks later, and this book made its way to me in the states. So excited to read this!

tracey38 Beautiful cover. Love the peacocks. 7mo
readordierachel Wow, that is gorgeous 😍 7mo
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llwheeler
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Finished this a few days ago and I'm still smiling when I think of it, so it's a completely successful P&P retelling for me. It's also one of the most faithful retellings I've read--so many cut out Mary and/or Kitty and Col. Fitzwilliam. This not only keeps them all but takes the time to show their characters in the Pakistani setting. Of course the Elizabeth/Darcy (Alys/Darsee) arc is key in any P&P story and that worked for me here too. 👇

llwheeler I recommend this if you like Pride and Prejudice retellings or Austen retellings. I'd love to see a movie or miniseries adaptation of this too. 7mo
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kitteh_reads
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I love pride and prejudice! It's my favorite book of all time! So I always read any adaptation I can get, especially one set in Pakistan. The beginning was rough and I wish there was a glossary. There were many words I wasn't familiar with and I think it would have helped me immerse even more so into this story. Especially with the food and clothing which is heavily mentioned. Basically, once I reached my favorite part it was a done deal for me 😻

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sammisho
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Mehso-so

Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan? I wanted to love this book much more than I did. PnP retellings are always hit or miss, and this one was almost a miss. This adaptation was a very obvious, on the nose one, which I found to only detract from the Pakistan setting. I did enjoy the cultural references, and the most thing it had in common with the original; satire about ridiculous social standards. #pop19 A book involving a wedding

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sammisho
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It's soccer season AKA reading on the "sidelines" season! This is where I will be most evenings from now until October.

Amiable I miss those days with my boys! 😔 7mo
sammisho @Amiable I have to remind myself that I will miss it! Between him and his sister I am all over town! But I do love seeing them do things they love! 7mo
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Zelma
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I have been behind on any posting on Litsy, especially reviews, but at least I‘m still reading. Am curled up with this one on a Sunday morning and enjoying it so far.

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grumpygirlbooks
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Four ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I‘m biased though, because I do love Pride and Prejudice. This is essentially a very very close retelling if the story in terms of the plot, but the characters are really different in a lot of interesting ways. The love story is important to the book, but it‘s really a story of the sisters and the family more than anything else. I really enjoyed it! Longer review on my blog soon!

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Floresj
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I have never read pride and prejudice, and this one I was hopeful as it was a Pakistani retelling of the classic. I just didn‘t care for a book that focused on getting the family‘s daughters married off. I liked reading about the Pakistani wedding ceremonies, but didn‘t really connect with the main characters. If you do like P&P, you might really like this as well.

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HardcoverHearts
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I was just talking about how much I love a good retelling. So I was delighted when this book became available from my library hold. I have always loved Pride and Prejudice so I am interested in this adaptation. I have heard very good things about it. Perfect for a rainy and cold day in!

RealLifeReading Ooh sounds good! 8mo
HardcoverHearts @RealLifeReading I really liked it. Now it‘s a straight up retelling, with some of the names made to fit a Pakistani spelling. But I found that charming and I think it helped to illustrate the Pakistani cultural elements more succinctly. If you love Pride and Prejudice, then you may love it. 8mo
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frenky_muller

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that girl in possession of a good bunch of P&P retellings, must be in want of more P&P retellings.
Like this book.

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ReadingMeagan
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Finished reading Unmarriageable this afternoon. And it inspired me to watch this film adaption.
It took me a while to get into the story but once I did I enjoyed seeing how the story would be updated to life in 2000 in Pakistan.