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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
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Ballantine Books (first published January 15th 2019)
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Meredith
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

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 cul
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Julie
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!!
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
On sale now! A Pakistani retelling of Pride and Prejudice? And by an author born in Pakistan? Sign me up!

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
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Liz
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

“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
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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
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Larry H
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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 h
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Berit☀️✨
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
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 defini
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Brandice
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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Mackey
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
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Jennifer
Unmarriageable is a retelling of Jane Austen's famed Pride and Prejudice, only this time it's set in Pakistan during the years 2000 and 2001. The classic plot line is followed meticulously and each familiar character is effortless to identify. But the best thing about this retelling is the author's dedication to honoring Jane Austen's independent spirit and her demand for more than what society dictated for her.

Author Soniah Kamal's use of the Pakistan culture appears to marry well with the the
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Reading.Between.Wines
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5

Yesss you guys! I love a good Pride and Prejudice retelling, and Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal is one of the best ones I have read yet.

What it's about: Set in modern day Pakistan, the Binat family has lost their good reputation and none of their 5 daughters are married yet. All of her sisters want to be married, but Alys (the second oldest) is a headstrong and forward thinking English teacher, and she is perfectly happy being single - much to the chagrin of her mother Pinkie. When the
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Sherwood Smith
This latest of the many, many cash-ins on Pride and Prejudice was, unlike most of them, pretty entertaining. The twist here is that the story is set in Pakistan circa 2000, which seems to map well over the confining atmosphere of gentry England circa 1800.

Unlike the Curtis Sittenfeld version, whose characters all tended toward the crass and almost determinedly mundane, this version offers some genuine good people among all the antics of marriage-obsessed mamas and girls raised in a hothouse atmo
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Yusra  ✨
Sep 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
you all know where I’m going to be january 15th, just chilling on my couch with some tim hortons sponsored french vanilla & jamming to atif aslam while reading this book!!
Cindy Burnett
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

I am a huge Jane Austen fan so as soon as I saw this book I knew I had to read it. Soniah Kamal has crafted a fabulous tale that is true to Jane Austen and infused with Pakistani culture and history, particularly the effects of British colonialism. The parallels to Pride and Prejudice and the references/nods to Jane Austen are entertaining, and I enjoyed comparing the story with the original tale. However, my favorite part of the book was learning so much about Pakistan. Unmarriageable
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abby
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
The Binat sisters are the talk of the town of Dilipabad, Pakistan. Swindled out of their inheritance by an unscrupulous relative and forced to live in reduced circumstances in a backwater. Five unmarried daughters. The eldest two-- lovely but timid Jena and independent minded Alys-- have the beauty and earning potential to be good marriage matches, if only they weren't on the wrong side of 30. Then there's killjoy Mari, overweight Qitty, and wild child Lady. In a culture where a woman's entire o ...more
Tucker
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
There have been numerous novels written which echo the plots of Jane Austen’s books, and Sonia Kamal’s updated version of “Pride and Prejudice”is a stand-out in that sub-genre. Set in Pakistan, the Binat family endeavors to make matches for their five daughters with wealthy, successful, and handsome bachelors. Complications and misunderstandings ensue, enlivened by Kamal’s witty and delightful writing. While the plot may be familiar to Austen fans, the Pakistani setting reveals much about that c ...more
Kate Olson
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[@randomhouse #partner] 📚 “.....it is a truth universally acknowledged, Alys suddenly thought with a smile, that people enter our lives to recommend reads.”

Brava, Soniah Kamal 👏🏼 I will fully admit that Jane Austen’s P&P isn’t my very favorite book of all time, as it is for so many others. However, “Unmarriageable” and its Pakistani revamp IS one of my favorites.

I’ll take Alys Binat in early 2000s Pakistan any day over Elizabeth Bennett in early 1800s England! This is definitely partially du
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Susan Johnson
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful version of Pride and Prejudice told in modern day Pakistan. The delightful Binat family had a change in fortunes and have had to relocate with their five daughters to Dilipibad, Pakistan. Because of their reduced circumstances the two oldest daughters, Jena and Alys, become teachers at the British School of Dilipibad. Alys, the second oldest, teaches English literature and asks her class to rewrite the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice, "It is a truth universally acknowle ...more
Laurel
Unmarriageable’s premise and opening chapters were immediately promising. Kamal had converted Austen’s Pride and Prejudice characters into clever doppelgangers of her Regency equivalents: the Bennet family became the Binats with sisters Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia becoming Jenazba, Alysba, Marizba, Qittyara, and Lady respectively. After being introduced to the Bennet family, whose financial and social position had fallen subsequent to a scandal that destroyed their fortune, the antic ...more
Travel.with.a.book
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an astounding beautiful novel by Soniah, a very splendid version of Pride and Prejudice told in modern day Pakistan!
I really enjoyed every line of this amazing book it really is a page turner and it will amaze your mind with all these incredible dranas and twists within the book!
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The setting is quite enjoyable and interesting, so we meet the Binat family and their terrific members with varying personalities! The main character is Alys Binat, a teacher who wants to create positive minds at t
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Milena
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Unmarriageable is Pride and Prejudice retelling set in modern day Pakistan. I found the updated setting interesting but overall I was mostly bored while reading this book. I thought that beyond an interesting new setting, modern-day Pakistan instead of Regency England, there was nothing new or surprising about this retelling. I enjoyed the first and last few chapters but found the big chunk in the middle very boring and humorless. Where was the wry wit I was promised? Unmarriageable was not a ba ...more
Kathleen Flynn
I was often reminded of Curtis Sittenfeld's "Eligible" as I read this: another one-word title, another close and amusing retelling of "Pride and Prejudice." For me, Eligible's biggest problem lay in how hewing to the plot required the characters to do things that seemed inconsistent with their true natures and the range of possible choices they faced in contemporary America.


By contrast, setting the action in Pakistan of two decades ago makes the marriage plot setup and the restrictions facing w
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Jaylia3
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I first read Pride and Prejudice as a teenager and now, many decades later, it’s still one of my favorite novels. Austen’s wonderful and witty writing is a large part of why I still enjoy her book, and no one I’ve read can duplicate her style. But I also love the story, both the characters and their dynamics, and because of that a well done variation thrills me. Soniah Kamal’s version, set in modern day Pakistan, thrills me. Pakistan turns out to be a perfect setting for Austen’s Regency era nov ...more
Anum Shaharyar
Oh wait, this is a Pakistani author. I have to review this. But I don't make any notes!

Oh well. Guess this'll have to depend upon what I remember. RTC.
Sahitya
I have always enjoyed reading Jane Austen retellings and reimaginings because it's fascinating to see how her thoughts and ideas translate into our modern world or how modern authors can interpret them. I have liked a few and been disappointed by others, so I knew not to have a lot of expectations from this one. But Pride and Prejudice set in 21st century Pakistan held too much appeal and I couldn't stop myself from requesting the ARC. And I am so glad to report that this book exceeded all my ex ...more
eyes.2c
A vibrant read!

I so enjoyed this! Pride and Prejuidice reimagined in Pakistan! Could that be pulled off? Yes, Yes and Yes, most definately! The Binats and the Bennets are unbeatable!
To be brutally honest I quail before the plethora of Austen spin offs. I dislike them (and yet I have no problem with Holmsian off shoots Mmm!). I am so over them!
But "Unmarriageable" is just so different. Rich in cultural interactions, in social mores, in sharp questions beneath the surface of the story, and of char
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Quirkybookworm
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Confession:

Of most of all the classic books, I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Don't shoot me! At the time, I wasn't really into romance. Believe me; I've learned a lot of classic books. Pride and Prejudice wasn't one of them.

Good news:

I will purchase and read Pride and Prejudice soon!



With that being said, you all can stop yelling or gasping or gaping at me!



Unmarriageable supposedly is a unique retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan. I don't know how closely it followed the origin
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Holly
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
"At the wedding, you talked of a Pakistani Jane Austen. But will we ever hear the English or Americans talk of an equivalent?" Darsee talking to Alys

Unmarriageable is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan. The book follows the original Pride and Prejudice plot very closely while adding elements of the culture of Pakistan seamlessly into the story.
This is the first retelling of Pride and Prejudice that I have read and I feel it really captured the essence of the original
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nick
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

As a fan of all things Pride & Prejudice, I was very excited to read Unmarriageable, pitched as Pride & Prejudice set in Pakistan. Unmarriageable was a lovely and nostalgic read.

Almost immediately, we are introduced to the Binats and their family history. I have to say, that to me, they were the highlight of this book. They were such an amusing and complex family with varying personalities. Soniah Kamal does a beautiful job at recapturing the Bennetts from Jane Austen's book but also ma
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Shikha Malaviya
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so fortunate to have been an early reader of this book. It's unputdownable! It has the same warmth as Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women', but also the astute social observations and acerbic bite as Jane Austen's novels. Soniah Kamal draws the reader quickly into the pandemonium of the Binat family, as they zigzag through love, marriage and societal expectations. Through this novel, we get a deep insight into contemporary Pakistani society through the eyes of smart, independent and sometimes ...more
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Soniah Kamal is an award winning essayist and fiction writer. Her novel 'Unmarriageable' is a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice and is set in Pakistan. Soniah Kamal’s debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize and an Amazon Rising Star pick. Soniah's TEDx talk, “Redreaming Your Dream,” is about regrets and secon ...more
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