“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime,” wrote Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad.
And part of this broadening comes from the books that you read while traveling. A list of books with a new take on Pride and Prejudice set in 21 st century Pakistan, which is told “with wry wit and colourful prose, Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood”, could be an interesting read. What is interesting is that the novel hops centuries to find a parallel setting. Earlier, there have been Bollywood movies, Bride and Prejudice. And of course, ghoulish spoofy takes — Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) based on the book (2009) by Seth Graham Smith. Darcy’s Story (1995) by Janet Aylmer was one of the first take offs on this classic by Jane Austen. Then there was The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Novel by Pamela Mingle in 2013, which gave the story from Mary Bennet’s perspective.
Bridget Jones Diary written in 1996 by Henry Feilding, which later became a legendary television serial, has often referenced Pride and Prejudice too. There have been more takes but the story of Austen’s much-loved novel never ceases to fascinate as it travels through time and cultures creating new myths and new stories.
A listing, which includes a new take on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, from thenews.com.pk could broaden the minds of the travel weary in between flights with more reads including Kamila Shamsie’s Broken Verses and newspaper columnist Rafia Zakaria’s The upstairs Wife. Click here to savour the detailed list.
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