Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal, #45 review

Publication date: 15 January 2019

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.

Thank you to @times.reads for sending me this book for my honest review.

Unmarriageable is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan. It follows the theme of Pride and prejudice. Soniah Kamal takes the readers to Pakistan into the story of Pakistan culture and Victorian aesthetic. The author really stuck through with staying true to the original classic and giving it a new taste in a new world. I was really drawn to their lifestyle. The book stays true to Pakistan, in it you can discover little bits of Pakistan gems like their speaking style, social standings, environment, and OMG food! There is so much FOOD mentioned in this book. I think you get food every 3 chapters or so. It had me CRAVING for FOOD!

OKok, I got sidetracked. Now, back to the review. This retelling remained loyal to the original story. It has a similar storyline & there were some scenes and traits that are the some, like Elizabeth and Darcy are book nerds, Alys and Darsee ( this name is freaking smart!) are book nerds as well. We love a good bookish 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”

What made this retelling stood out was that Soniah Kamal took this opportunity to talk about feminism and diversity. In the book, there are many scenes where Alys stood up to her own beliefs and which are :
-women should not be breeders to breed children
– women are allowed to have a career
-women have the right to complete their education
-women are allowed to be unapologetically themselves whether it be a book nerd or animatedly chatty
-women can be smart and pretty and knowledgeable and gentle
-women should not exist to please men

And many more in which you will find out in the book. I do hope you will pick this up. Thanks again to @times.reads for sending me a review copy of this book.

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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