Polite Society

Polite Society

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"So funny, smart, sophisticated, and captivating, you just want to spend your whole life with it."--Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians

In this modern reimagining of Jane Austen's Emma , Delhi's polite society is often anything but polite.

Beautiful, clever, and more than a little bored, Ania Khurana has Delhi wrapped around her finger. Having successfully found love for her spinster aunt, she sets her sights on Dimple: her newest, sweetest, and most helpless friend.

But when her aunt's handsome nephew arrives from America, the social tides in Delhi begin to shift. Surrounded by old money and new; relentless currents of gossip; and an unforgettable cast of socialites, journalists, gurus, and heirs, Ania discovers that her good intentions are no match for the whims and intrigues of Delhi's high society--or for her own complicated feelings toward her cherished childhood friend, Dev.

Pairing razor-sharp observation and social comedy with moments of true tenderness, this delicious whirl through the mansions of India's dazzling elite celebrates that there's no one route to perfect happiness.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525539940
0525539948
Branch Call Number: FIC Rao
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 24 cm

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Jun 08, 2020

I was so excited about a retelling of Emma that takes place in India. And I guess I was expecting something sweet and funny like my favourite Bollywood movie, Aisha.

But this book was really sordid and truthfully, not really worth my time. And I can't really see how the reviewers all thought it was so hilarious when I was just left depressed at the end.

The only thing I liked was the author's writing style and descriptive language. It was captivating and it kept me reading.

As an Emma adaptation, it was okay. I got what the author was doing. But I think it is more interesting as a commentary on elite Delhi society, or on the theme that money doesn't make anyone happy.

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