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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

Girls of Riyadh (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Rajaa Alsanea, Rajaa Alsanea (Translator), Marilyn Booth (Translator)

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Title:Girls of Riyadh
Authors:Rajaa Alsanea
Other authors:Rajaa Alsanea (Translator), Marilyn Booth (Translator)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:Saudi Arabia, Islam

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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea (2005)



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"We-the Girls of Riyadh - have been forbidden many things. Do not take the blessing of love away from us too!"
By sally tarbox on 5 June 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Sex and the City in Saudi! A very readable narrative following four well-to-do young women in Riyadh. The book opens with perhaps the "least favoured" of the group being the first to get married. A triumph - or is it?
In short chapters, the nameless narrator tells of her friends' lives in a series of e-mails. A message from her introduces each chapter - she discusses the comments that her soap opera has provoked - some sympathetic, many shocked and critical. She quotes poetry and the koran, mulls over possible book deals that seem to be heading her way...
But the true story rests with the four friends - their careers, their families, but principally their love-lives. And what a sorry lot many of their menfolk prove to be!
"They are slaves to reactionary customs and ancient traditions even if their enlightened minds pretend to reject such things!"
When a relationship fails, of course, there is not just the heartbreak but the social devastation as a woman finds herself no longer eligible, struggling to find a match at all once she's been repudiated by one. And all this alongside the ultra-conservative Saudi world, where women can't drive, organise a business or socialise with men...
"The two of us had an agreement not to meet in Riyadh. It's just too difficult, dangerous and awkward. It wouldn't be relaxing like it would be if we were abroad. Outside the country, you can loosen up, you can breathe without worrying who's watching you."
Very entertaining read. ( )
  starbox | Jun 5, 2017 |
I really admired the author although the novel itself was not really my thing. It's a bit Sex in the City, KSA style, although, again, huge respect for Alsanea for putting it out there. I can understand how it is very controversial. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Saudi Arabia, muslim customs, dating ( )
  lynnepr | May 12, 2016 |
Have you ever watched or read Gossip Girl? Well, this is the Arabic version.

Girls of Riyadh is a very captivating story. I read some part of it in English but when I knew it was originally written in Arabic, I bought the Arabic version and devoured it. Such an interesting intense read.

Very sad, real and captivating. I absolutely loved it. Though I think the end was rushed and incomplete. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
What I liked about this book was that it was set in Saudi Arabia and it let you into the lives of upper class women in Saudi Arabia. I had no prior knowledge of day to day life in Saudi Arabia and I found that very interesting.

What I didn't like was that I felt this was the Saudi version of chick lit. It seemed to have lots of women who's big goal was to fall in love and catch themselves a husband. And in order to get the husband they had to be deceptive and play games. That part of the book annoyed me. I felt like there must be more to their lives than just fall in love and snag a good husband. ( )
  KamGeb | Aug 31, 2015 |
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Rajaa Alsaneaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aabakken, AnneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Booth, MarilynTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colombo, ValentinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corthay, SimonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mossaad, AntonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rooke, TetzTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smiths-Jacob, BertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Verily, Allah does not change a people's condition until they change what is in themselves." -- Qur'an, Surat Al-Ra'd (The Chapter of Thunder), Verse 11
To my most beloved; Mom and sister Rasha and to all my friends, the Girls of Riyadh
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014311347X, Paperback)

When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women—their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture—she caused a sensation across the Arab world. Now in English, Alsanea’s tale of the personal struggles of four young upper-class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view. Living in restrictive Riyadh but traveling all over the globe, these modern Saudi women literally and figuratively shed traditional garb as they search for love, fulfillment, and their place somewhere in between Western society and their Islamic home.

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The tale of four young women university students from Riyadh follows their struggles to navigate the precarious paths between desire, fulfillment, and Islamic tradition while witnessing how the Arab world is being changed by new economic and political realities.… (more)

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