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Princess by Jean Sasson
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    Mrs.Stansbury: Each book glimpses life behind the veils of women in Saudi Arabia and reveals unique views and different perspectives. If you enjoy one you'll enjoy the other.
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Well written and infuriating at times. Jean Sasson writes with clarity and humor about life in an oppressive (and messed up) culture. For things to improve it will take a lot more women acting with bravery and determination. A handful of women can't change the culture by themselves. ( )
  pussreboots | Oct 7, 2014 |
*Warning: spoilers*

The story that "Princess Sultana" shares is one of tragedy and sorrow experienced by those considered the lesser sex in Saudi Arabia. Though born into unimaginable privilege, Princess Sultana is not immune from the suffering that those of her gender are almost destined to experience. First, she is married off to her cousin by her father, without her consent, after the death of her mother. However, unlike most arranged marriages, she gets to actually meet the man before her wedding and discovers he's actually nice.

You can see Sultana struggle as she tries to find her voice in a world where women are discouraged from doing so. At times, she goes from being judgmental to immature, but aren't we all? Yes, as the other reviewer pointed out, you do see her prejudicial view points when she refers to the salaried workers as "lowly". However, I imagine that most royals consider people outside their class lowly, or unfortunate. Yet her life is far from superior considering she has no control over her own. She, like most Saudi women, cannot drive, go to school, or leave the house without her husband's permission.

Sultana is your typical passive aggressive feminist meaning, she often flips and flops when it comes to standing up for herself. One example, is when she runs away from her husband Kareem, after he announces he wants to take a second wife. Yet in another chapter, we watch Sultana idly sit by and watch after her sister Sara, reconciles with her husband, after being raped and beaten so badly that she ends up in the hospital, in need of a colostomy bag. That part was shocking to read, it may have also been a turning point in the psyche of the Princess. I know I was never the same after reading that!

All in all, Jean Sasson did a wonderful job presenting this complicated woman to the world. Say what you will, it is a page turner! ( )
  RachelRueben | Sep 28, 2014 |
A Saudi Arabian princess describes the inequities for women in her country, discussing arranged marriages for child brides, the murder of female babies, and her own life in the shadow of men. 100,000 first printing. $85,000 ad/promo. Lit Guild Alt. First serial, Cosmopolitan. Tour.
  FriendsLibraryFL | Sep 6, 2014 |
A first person account (though written by an American author / friend) of a princess of Arabia, which talks about how women are viewed and treated as possessions in Saudi Arabia. and whose lives are dictated by the men. The veil and 'abaaya' that these women are required to wear hide more than their appearance; they also hide a lot of pain, hurt and abuse. This is the story of a feisty Sultana who at every possibility, fights against those oppressions that hold the women in her country bondage.
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |


My heart was breaking about this story. I couldn't put it down. Then, I couldn't stop talking about it. It's awful to hear how women are treated over there. This was an excellent book, every American, man or woman needs to read this! ( )
  cbilbo | Apr 8, 2014 |
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Sultana is a Saudi Arabian princess, a woman born to fabulous, uncountable wealth. She has four mansions on three continents, her own private jet, glittering jewels, designer dresses galore. But in reality she lives in a gilded cage. She has no freedom, no control over her own life, no value but as a bearer of sons. Hidden behind her black floor-length veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, her sons, and her country.Sultana is a member of the Saudi royal family, closely related to the king. For the sake of her daughters, she has decided to take the risk of speaking out about the life of women in her country, regardless of their rank. She must hide her identity for fear that the religous leaders in her country would call for her death to punish her honesty. Only a woman in her position could possibly hope to escape from being revealed and punished, despite her cloak and anonymity.Sultana tells of her own life, from her turbulent childhood to her arranged marriage--a happy one until her husband decided to displace her by taking a second wife--and of the lives of her sisters, her friends and her servants. Although they share affection, confidences and an easy camaraderie within the confines of the women's quarters, they also share a history of appaling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations; thirteen-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age, young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room," a padded, windowless cell where women are confined with neither light nor conversation until death claims them.By speaking out, Sultana risks bringing the wrath of the Saudi establishment upon her head and te heads of her children. But by telling her story to Jean Sasson, Sultana has allowed us to see beyond the veils of this secret society, to the heart of a nation where sex, money, and power reign supreme.

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A Saudi woman discusses what life is like for women in her country, describing how women are sold into marriage to men five times their age, are treated as their husbands' slaves, and are often murdered for the slightest transgression.

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