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Unprecedented geniusI oved how all the subplots converged towards the end and added dimension to Butterfly s opinions of marriage This besides the obvious praises you know the ones with Butterfly s surprisingly sharp and witty perception of the world presented in her humdrum desi manner It was a well rounded close to reality portrayal of the Lahori upper class society and I l definitely read it again uty Free Moni MohsinIf the idea of a book styled along the ine of Gone With The Wind or the movie Clueless but set in modern day Pakistan intrigues you then this may be the book for you We have a social climbing heroine shallow as the day is ong but with a heart of gold uninterested in the horrors abounding in her country but uite willing in her own selfish way to help her family Especially when her family can create the havoc she thinks her Aunt Pussy can create Aunt Pussy has begged our heroine no create the havoc she thinks her Aunt Pussy can create Aunt Pussy has begged our heroine no was used in the book for our female protagonist and the book is written in diary form to help her find her son a suitable mate emphasis on the word suitable Moreover it must be done with all hasteTherefore that is exactly what our heroine sets out to do in her own Empire of the Saviours (Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, lazy half hearted totally clueless way I m sure the author is using malapropisms to make a point that I just didn t get but the usage became uite annoying after about a uarter of the way through the book In addition I would haveoved to have some kind of translation of the words that Ms Mohsin used repeatedly I was never uite sure if I was reading what amounted to a grunt or an actual word and I was being eft clueless It was a frustrating read for me The social satire aspect is easy to pinpoint and yet I didn t take it for being witty or clever just sad I know the customs and places for women in a society such as this are so different than what I ve come to expect yet I can t help being sad when a woman who has the potential and the support of her husband and child to become so much doesn t This book evoked many feelings from me and I am not so sure that they are the ones that the author wanted me to I wouldn t go so far as saying it is an amazing satire on high society ife in Pak or that it offers a brilliant social commentary But it endeavors to do one thing and does it amazingly well that is to make you Good Thinking laugh Aaugh riot and I Death in Mumbai loved it In doing so the author has twisted and turned phrases and developed her own brand of English Yourikingnot Baccarat : La lgende du cristal liking it would depend on whether you take to theanguage or notActual rating 45 stars I got this book from Read It Forward a great score I m normally pretty wary of Jane Austen knockoffs but this oose retelling of the Emma story is enough of a departure from the original that I wasn t constantly comparing the two And it s still similar enough that you get a thrill recognizing parallel plot points and characters The story is a cultural satire set in modern day Lahore Pakistan The unnamed narrator is charged by her aunt with finding her cousin Jonkers a wife The narrator and her family excluding her bore husband and son are obsessed with wealth and class standing and are determined that the the potential bride come from a good bagground As she goes about her search we follow her from avish weddings to kitty parties to a brutal encounter with a street thief at the market Because the book is written as a series of diary entries I think we also get a peek into the narrator s inner ife from her musing on how to deal with your servants to political upheaval and terrorismI enjoyed Mohsin s writing Although some readers may find the narrator s flawed English with its malapropisms and political incorrectness distracting it made me augh And exploring a place and culture that I know Zoete tranen little about Lahore Pakistan make me feel as if I dearned something by the end of the book as well One criticism of the book that many readers have voiced is that the narrator is a tad unlikeable And it s true For much of the book she s Having
read Social Butterfly Free was tou absolutely hilarious read As you know na I tou very much Water Music like South Asian fiction that touches the social demographics of the strata we areiving in and so this one was a treat to read uick funny and yet relatable Bus if course it had nothing to do with Revived literature shiterature or intellectual type things in it of course I knew it when I d picked it up since I needed somethingight after my previous recent reads So it has pumped me up for another couple of heavy reads starting from tomorrow onlySo between you me and the four walls Duty Free gets full points in wit hilarity and satire in describing Pakistani elite and the happenings of their part of the world. Though even as it makes you cry with Student Research Projects in Calculus laughter it makes you wince at the gulf between our heroine's glitteringly shallowife and the country that is falling apart day by day around her Louboutin clad feet Moni Mohsin already a huge bestseller in India has been hailed as a modern day Jane Austen and compared to Nancy Mitford and Helen Fielding Duty Free is social satire at its biting bes. ,Not Read Social Butterfly
Being somewhat oveable and it s hard not to Love for Imperfect Things like herShe does dismiss thingsike bombs and the Taliban mainly upset not because of the A Heart of Stone lives that have beenost but because she can no onger go to hotels etc well that s until she gets herself caught in a scary situation The plot in the book is basically to find her cousin Jonkers a suitable bride from a good background She has been enlisted by her Aunt Pussy I couldn t help but grin every time I read her name immature to do this Auntie Pussy is a pretty formidable character I wouldn t want to come against her i should also mention the way her I should also mention the way book is written It s purposely written in bad English and misspelled It s easy to get on with but personally I m not a fan of when books mess with spellinggrammar in books Not sure why as I m pretty crap at both of them It just annoys meUltimately this book is about Butterfly realizing what really matters in ife and most fans of chick it will be pretty happy with it And although it s not hilarious it did raise a smile from time to time This has nothing at all in common with any Jane Austen book any way you ook at it It was a piece of flimflam trash Divertimento light fiction to read on the beach if that is your sort of thing It wasn t mineTwo stars because on a scale of dreadfulness it was only somewhat boring pretentious rubbish where because it was set in Pakistan the foreignness of it was probably meant to add to it from a cultural perspective It did but not in a good way too many stereotypical people and situations It wasn t one star unreadable nor was it good enough for a three star meh ok It was one of those read it and forgot it books Duty Free originally released as Tender Hooks is a follow up to Moni Mohsin s The Diary of a Social Butterfly Honestly I had not read The Diary of a Social Butterfly I picked up its seuel on a whim And after reading the first page I was bewildered because the author had written it in a style that was full of malaprops Now if youook up for the meaning of malaprop in a dictionary it says The unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar But once you start this book you will realise that Mohsin has intentionally filled the narration with misspellings and used a Love Is a Fairy Tale language that is a cross between English Urdu But that my dear friend is the most enjoyable part of this novelundoubtedly At the beginning it is a bit difficult to understand but as you start getting the hang of it you will clearly fall for it hookine sinker So meet Butterfly our unnamed heroine who is the uintessential privileged class with an absolute preoccupation for designer Promise at Dawn labels in Lahore Pakistan This novel is in the form of diary entries something which reminds you of Bridget Jones butet me assure you that the similarity ends here narrating the peppered happenings of her ife from her bore Oxen read Oxford educated husband to the overblown kitty parties wedding season to the fierce competition in her social ife She receives the charge Bangkok Wakes to Rain like she is emotionally manipulated from her Aunt Pussy to uickly find a suitable read rich fair beautiful old family type match for her hapless cousin Jonkers who is not exactly marriage material plain shy already divorced which is ironic since Butterfly s own marriage is on the rocks However taking all this in her stride Butterfly shinnies her way through the dangerous territories ie the Pakistani wedding circuit in search of the right girl from the right bagground What ensues is a series of humorous upshots as she encounters a Smith educatedesbian fundamentalist parents drug smuggling families as a potential brides in The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery laws To top it all our protagonist has toook out for backstabbing frenemies errant maidservants beardo weirdos suicide bombers who are out to spoil her matrimonial mission Read complete review atpoojareviewerblogspotin201209ten I m generally a uiet person who sticks to serious philosophical stuff And I REALLY don t Darkmere like chickits except for when I m ravenous for a book and there s nothing good to read But this book Oh God I found myself Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? laughing embarrassinglyoudly and in public mind you throughout the course of this book Being a grammar Nazi I was REALLY pleasantly surprised when I didn t find the misspellings annoying at all Probably because I ve encountered women Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den like Butterfly in realife as well Actually I think I ve encountered someone Scraps Of The Untainted Sky like every single character in this book in realife Well except maybe for the DVD wallah But that was probably what gave the plot its suspenseOh and my favorite part of the book as a writer The fact that the chapter titles were headlines that corresponded to what happened in each chapter That in my opinion was. Mbs her way through weddings sheddings GTs get togethers of course and The Eric Carle Gift Set ladies'unches trying to find a suitable girl from the right bagground she discovers to her dismay that her cousin has his own ideas about his perfect mate And secretly she may even agreeFull of wit and wickedness and as clever as its heroine is clueless Duty Free is a delightful romp through Pakistani high society. ,
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Back when chicklit began in the 90s with Bridget Jones it was humour and it aughed at the characters as well as with them Tender Hooks aka Duty Free is firmly in that tradition I wouldn t bother with Anglo American chicklit but this is set in Lahore Pakistan and it Fashion Design Course lookedike it might give a different angle on culture and genre There s really uite a ot of material in the novel about politics and the
UK Publisher Is Random Housepublisher is Random House fiction imprint Chatto Windus over here it ooks Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga like the book s aimed at readers who approach it the way I did a beach read with a current affairs angleIt s veryoosely based on Emma a ittle so on Clueless but there are enough differences that that s fairly irrelevant Malika is a wealthy married airhead snob in her ate thirties She s been tasked with finding a new bride for her recently divorced accountant cousin Jonkers by his mother the eually shallow Aunty Pussy and the cousin has very different ideas about his type of woman compared with his social climbing soap watching relativesTwo of these four stars come from the cultural interest in the book though with the caveat that I don t have the knowledge to see just where accuracy stops and comic exaggeration begings Every page has a tickertape of news at the top from features and human interest often related to the book s themes Speak Out! like Caterers make hay in pre Muharram wedding rush Malika s matchmaking attempts are part of that rush woman divorces man for not dining out daily and Lahoris use over 1 million flowers daily to serious headlines security threat causes plunge in foreign investments 17600 families flee as troops backed by warplanes storm south Waziristan in hunt for Al aeda terrorists strike 3aw enforcement facilities in Lahore kill at I Like You the Best least 18 And there s a tension between increased westernization and increased conservatism eg custom of arranged marriages eroded by new media age v college imposes ban on jeans after receiving threats from extremistsIt s mostly bad news about Pakistan the wars and terrorism restriction and extreme poverty that people hear about in the west unless they goooking for or have connections via family or close friends Tender Hooks shows another side to the country rarely heard of in our mainstream media one that still coexists closely with the news headlines and the book is not afraid to use humour Recent debates about stereotyping in African The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles literature appear to argue that it s somethingike this which could balance the picture there showing there s to The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico life than conflict and povertyA minor cliche of war reporting and some charity appeals is that many women still care about fashion and beauty and that these items can boost morale one I remember first hearing explained during the former Yugoslav conflict in the 90s also an explanation of the accepted Second World War favourites ofipstick and nylons or fake seams painted on Lone Star Standoff legs It s tempting to see Moni Mohsin s characters in thatight But they feel very confident in their way of ife Malika feels ike she s being rudely interrupted At the beginning perhaps Malika and her family perhaps don t have a much greater sense of More Punishment For His Cheating Wife living in a conflict area than I did in the 80s and 90s when there were sometimes IRA bombs in Britain there is some background risk and aot of worrying but through the book the tension escalates I feel frightened myself going to the bazaar in case some mad weirdo arrives and shoots me for buying western food Decision like chips or wearing western clothesike pop socks Maybe pop socks underwent some ironic hipster revival when I wasn t ooking but oh how differently both these items would be regarded by her western euivalent There is though one incident in which the troubles impinge directly on Malika s world by than Hearsay And News View SpoilerThe Scene Was Believable Written And and news view spoilerThe scene was believable written and could relate to the way she was frightened yet by reflex couldn t help not give things to a mugger it s not ill advised heroism so much as natural instinctive stroppiness hide spoiler Brilliant satire Set in Lahore Pakistan this novel is augh out When Fox Is a Thousand loud funny brilliant social commentary and provides a soberingook at 100 Innovations of the Industrial Revolution life in a place where suicide bombers and fundamental extremists affect every day The narrator speaks aanguage all her own with mangled analogies malapropisms and misspellings all to brilliant effect Highly recommended I can t wait to read from this author This is my first Pakistani chick Taken The Anthology lit and it oddly really reminded me of The Wag s Diary This is because the main character Butterfly is a stuck up fashionoving spa hopping Schematic Design lady She thinks the most important things inife are status and money However despite this she still ends up. Jane Austen's Emma transported to the outrageous social melee of 21st century LahoreOur plucky heroine's cousin Jonkers has been dumped by his ow class slutty secretary and our heroine has been charged with finding him a suitable wife a rich fair beautiful old family type uickly But between you me and the four walls who wants to marry poor plain hapless JonkersAs our heroine social cli. .