As Jane Austen once wrote, "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!"
What makes Jane Austen, so very Jane Austen? That is what we have created this group to find out! Whether you are just discovering her, or are a devout, there is no questioning that there is a reason her books have been favourites for more than 200 years. Her writings are transcendent and have withstood the test of time, making her one of the most read authors in the world, though she only completed six novels. She breathes life into her all of her narratives and her satirical observation of the world in which she lived has been a basis of discussion for decades and our group is no different. Anything and everything she wrote or inspired is on the table for discussion in this group about our favourite author. Join us for Austenian conversation that even Anne Elliot would approve of!
Thank you for everyone who attended our Virtual Pride and Prejudice Meeting! I hope you all had a wonderful time! I very much enjoyed seeing everyone again, albeit via the internet! And a very warm welcome to our new members and first timers! It was lovely to meet you all!
“It was a truth, universally acknowledged, … that people enter our lives in order to recommend reads.”
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal is a modern retelling of Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan cir. 2000. Though the characters are renamed and certain aspects of the plot are changed, anyone familiar with Austen's text will be able to follow the parallels to the original. Kamal seamlessly weaves the culture and history of Pakistan with the vivacity and charm of Austen to create a story that feels so familiar yet is completely refreshing. Kamal delves into the similarities between modern-day Pakistani culture and Austen's contemporary England regarding the expectations of women, one's place in society, and of course, marriage. But also like Austen, Kamal subverts the ideals of patriarchal societies and the misogyny that usually accompanies it, while heavily addressing the impact of feminism and its significance to her main female characters.
Since this will be a virtual event, there is no deadline in which to adhere! But we do ask that you please RSVP before the meeting starts!
We will also announce our next book at this meeting.
Looking forward to seeing you there!