REVIEW · Polite Society

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Ealizes her potential as a force for good For her next match Ania sets her sights on Dimple her newest sweetest and sure poorest friend But her good intentions may be misdirected and when her aunt's handsome new nephew arrives from America the social tides in Delhi begin to shift Surrounded by money old and new navigating gossip scheming and an unforgettable cast of journalists socialites gurus and heirs Ania d. 25 starsI am a huge Jane Austen fan and love to read retellings of her books unless they involve vampires or zombies so I was excited to read POLITE SOCIETY a modern retelling of EMMA I realize that retellings would be boring if they took the original tale and just copied it with a new setting or other background However I found it very distracting that POLITE SOCIETY seemed to diverge so greatly from EMMA and then the ending sort of fell apart which ruined the book for me Maybe I am just not the audience for this one

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Polite SocietyIscovers that when you aim to please the human heart things seldom go as planned Using Jane Austen's Emma as a springboard Polite Society takes us into the lives of a group of characters we never want to part with Pairing stiletto sharp observation and social comedy with moments of true tenderness this delicious romp through the mansions of India's elite celebrates that there's no one route to perfect happiness. Combining Jane Austen’s Emma with Crazy Rich Asians and setting it in the upper class of contemporary Delhi society is not a bad idea after all they’re two great though very different books about the s of the often foolish wealthy But Polite Society lacks Austen’s deeply developed characters and her affection for them and the tone lacks Kwan’s fizzy exuberance The plot neatly matches Emma though adds in a lot background about the secondary characters as well as freuently switching to their point of view but there are a lot of loose ends is the author thinking seuel The tone never uite knows if it should be light or dark; it feels like it should be a romp but there is genuine misery and misfortune and many of the characters seem adrift The pacing is leisurely and often meanders but then the ending feels rushed and unfinished Having said all that I was uite taken by all the goings on of Ania Emma and her circle but never felt truly absorbedThanks to Netgalley and Putnam for the digital review copy

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REVIEW · Polite Society Ó A modern retelling of Jane Austen's Emma with a touch of Crazy Rich Asians set in Delhi in which the daughter of a wealthy Indian family aspires to match make for her friends and family only to find herself caught up in an unforeseen scandal and an unexpected match of her ownBeautiful clever and very slightly bored Ania Khurana hasA modern retelling of Jane Austen's Emma with a touch of Crazy Rich Asians set in Delhi in which the daughter of a wealthy Indian family aspires to match make for her friends and family only to find herself caught up in an unforeseen scandal and an unexpected match of her ownBeautiful clever and very slightly bored Ania Khurana has Delhi wrapped around her finger When Ania finds love for her spinster aunt she r. Mahesh Rao reinterprets Jane Austen's Emma in a novel set in Delhi in India I should say that Emma is my least favourite in the Austen canon Emma is not a character that I felt any affinity or appreciation for In this version perhaps it is not surprising that I was less than enamoured by the privileged and entitled 25 year old socialite Ania Khurana the only daughter and child of the super rich Dileep With a mother who died when she was too young to remember this no doubt contributed to her father spoiling her rotten She is a slightly bored young woman doing some 'good works' by volunteering talking about the novel that she is writing inflating her importance in the exclusive circles she inhabits although in reality there is very little in the way of actual writing taking place She plans to rectify this by attending a writing residency in Italy it is so easy to use her family's influence to get a celebrated writer to recommend her for itIn the meantime she decides to dabble in a little matchmaking beginning with her spinster aunt in her fifties Renu Upon meeting a Colonel Suraj Singh Rathore she decides he is an eminently suitable man for her aunt organising picnics for them to get to know each other Feeling she has a gift in this area she casts her eyes around to find her next target choosing her newest friend Dimple sure she is poor but that is no reason why she cannot get a man above her social strata Dimple has other ideas as she fixes on Ankit deemed by Ania to be unworthy of her dear friend as she lectures Dimple on not settling for such a lowly character Ania has a much appropriate man lined up for her the famous Muslim journalist Fahim As Ania engages in her machinations sometimes rather cruelly she is to learn the hard way that she is not always right as pointed by her long term family friend archaeologist Dev Gahlot and that she is not beyond making her own personal errors Rao updates Emma into the age of social media where every scandal and gossip finds itself growing to mammoth proportions the perfect tool for the young rich groomed careless of others and judgemental social circles with time on their hands with their social etiuette and codes that it is impossible to know unless you are an insider I think Austen's Emma would have taken to social media like a duck to water I found this novel engaging once Ania starts to understand she is capable of making big mistakes and she feels an inner urge to earn the respect of Dev Whilst I struggled with the story at the beginning I did eventually begin to immerse myself in the life of the Indian Emma a self obsessed Ania who has to handle what she experiences at the writing residency and other challenges Many thanks to Headline for an ARC