[PDF/EBOOK] Unmarriageable AUTHOR Soniah Kamal

SUMMARY Unmarriageable

En Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years Mrs Binat certain that their luck is about to change excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich eligible bachelors On the first night of the festivities Alys’s lovely older sister Jena catches the eye of Fahad “Bungles” Bingla the wildly successful and single entrepreneur But Bungles’s friend Valentine Darsee is clearly uni. 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 weddingThe 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 DarseeUnmarriageable 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 wwwjennifertarheelreadercom



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

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Mpressed by the Binat family Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and uickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusue manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance Told with wry wit and colorful prose Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love marriage class and sisterho. Between 3 and 35 starsThere s that classic line from the song Beauty and the Beast which goes Tale as old as time It signifies a story that s been heard so many times throughout the ages although it may take on slightly or drastically different forms each time you hear itJane Austen s Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of those tales as old as time Not only have there been countless adaptations of this classic on television and in movies both in the US 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 betweenSoniah 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 daughtersWhile 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 aspirationsYet 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 lookedWhen 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 overhearsIf 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 unfoldedI 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 worldSee all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at

10 thoughts on “Unmarriageable

  1. says:

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

  2. says:

    Out freaking standing READ THIS BOOKI'd love to share my review here but it is an assigned book and the review will be copyrighted However I can not recommend this book highly enough If you love Pride Prejudice you will love this rendition set in modern day Pakistan This is one of those books I just want to hold close to my heart and never let go An absolute delight but also insightful and educational 5 BIG S

  3. says:

    A Pakistani retelling of Pride and Prejudice? And by an author born in Pakistan? I was all sign me up So 366 stars It's no

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    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl can go from pauper to princess or princess to pauper in th

  5. says:

    5 stars to Unmarriageable Don’t miss it ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I usually plan a special read around my birthday each year and I hope to post the review on my birthday Well this year the book I’m reading is

  6. says:

    I know this is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but Alys Binat and Darsee?? The writer could have at least tried to come up with a bunch of decent Pakistani names instead of these weird variations If I were being honest this felt like a tacky dubbing of a renowned foreign movie in a regional language for local audience's benefit than a remake Reminded me of the time I watched Harry Potter and Draco shouting outrageous spells in

  7. says:

    Between 3 and 35 starsThere's that classic line from the song Beauty and the Beast which goes Tale as old as time It signifies a story that's be

  8. says:

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

  9. says:

    Unmarriageable as many

  10. says:

    Set in early 2000s Pakistan Unmarriageable is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice Don’t shun me but I’ve never read th

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