Pride and Prejudice with a modern twistAYESHA SHAMSI hasa lotgoing on.Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family andis always being remindedthat her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesnt want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.When a surprise engagement between Khalid and Hafsa is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself.But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. And he just cant get this beautiful, outspoken woman out of his mind....
|Title||:||Ayesha At Last|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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Ayesha At Last Reviews
Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for the free copy of this ARC.
What a delightful modern retelling of “Pride and Prejudice”, with a Canadian Muslim immigrant twist. Uzma Jalaluddin has done a beautiful job of portraying many of the challenges faced by immigrants to Canada, including job discrimination based on religious prejudice, the challenges of staying true to your personal and cultural beliefs in a new country, and the balance of family, culture and self in personal life decisions.
LOOOOVED this book. The drama, romance, writing—everything was so fleshed out! The book is a careful balance between adult and YA. It’s technically an adult novel and deals with some difficult themes like alcoholism, islamophobia, etc., but in a light and appropriate way. It’s what I would call a light + fun contemporary that hits on some great themes like arranged marriages, and handles them carefully and with humour! I also love how it’s set in Toronto/the GTA.
AN OWNVOICES STORY ABOUT A MUSLIM WOMAN IN TORONTO THATS ALSO A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RETELLING ????? THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING IVE EVER WANTED + IS PROBABLY ABOUT TO BE THE MOST RELATABLE THING IVE EVER READ
needless to say, i am EXCITED AS HELL
Wow! Get this book. Read this book. Recommend this book to others.
First off, I have not been able to finish Pride and Prejudice. I know it's a classic and has been "retold" in countless books, but the original and its characters just grate on my nerves. I've never made it past the third chapter despite several attempts. When the author mentioned P&P being one of her ultimate favourites and her debut novel being inspired by it, I was concerned. Was this going to be another torture of a read? ...more
This is another one that is love to give 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, and laughed out loud quite often. I liked how it lightly drew inspiration from Pride and Prejudice, and how it gave me insight into a cultural diaspora that I know little about. I also loved how unapologetically Canadian it was. It's well worth a read!
Out of Ten: 7/10
Review at a Glance: A fun and thoughtful adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel set in Toronto's Muslim community.
Review: I am weak for Pride and Prejudice twists. So when I heard about this, I was so excited- P&P retelling set in Toronto's Muslim community by a Canadian author! I don't live in Toronto so my familiarity with Toronto's Muslim community is passing, drawn mainly from my roommate's stories about her family and their (somewhat Austen novel-esque, ironically eno ...more
So in the beginning of the book I was rather turned off by Khalid, almost hoping that the author did not think he is this great example for Muslims... Fortunately, Khalid turned out to be a rather likeable fellow, with some weird ideas about religion/culture/family etc., but he was willing to see that change is possible and that Islam is not monolith.
Ayesha was just as likeable, and I quite enjoyed this halal love story, though it definitely had some drama...
I read this book in ONE DAY. The story and the characters just pulled me right in and it was awesome. The story was set in my corner of the world and depicted characters who I see around me every day, they could be anybody us. I loved every page. The situations were relatable, even for non-Muslims. Horrible bosses who make assumptions about us based on our hair or how we dress or how we speak, too many of us have shook in those shoes as we tried to stand up for ourselves. Choosing the path we wa ...more