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      Princess

      by Jean Sasson
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      Product Details

      • Publisher: Bantam Books Ltd
      • Publishing date: 01/10/2004
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780553816952
      • ISBN: 0553816950

      Synopsis

      PRINCES: A TRUE STORY OF LIFE BEHIND THE VEIL IN SAUDI ARABIA describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country.

      Sultana tells of appalling 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."

      PRINCESS is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters.


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      • To Princess Sultana...
        From Amazon

        This was a very well chronicled and written book of a princess' contemporary lifestyle and despairing oppression in Saudi Arabia. I highly reccommend this book.

        Princess Sultana,
        You seem to be looking for the Western World to assist in your plight of simple, daily freedoms for your nation's women. Which, by your story, is understandable. When you have a sole, domineering, and restrictive religion entwined in a political state...the chance of change is greatly reduced; after reading Saudi Arabian laws documented in your story, there's hardly any separation of religion and state in your day-to-day activities; especially for women. Actually, the legal system in your country is downright offensive to even me, and I am not a citizen of Saudi Arabia. Truly, I'd rather be homeless, U.S. citizen with complete social, educational, political, religious, and civic freedoms than a Princess with lavishly decorated palaces, an infinite amount of money, and diamonds and gems that string a couple miles...because after reading your life...freedom is priceless. I pity your life and the only people who can change your demise is your own people with the same mindset. 1776.

      • Definitely worth reading, but not my favorite.
        From Amazon

        I liked it. I didn't love it. The author skimmed over "the juicy stuff" and elaborated on every detail of political and social culture. It also ended rather abruptly. I half see why everyone waited for a sequel with bated breath: the book didn't have an end or any closure. It just Stopped.

        I am glad I read it, and it is an easy read, but if the author's goal was to do some good with the book, then it went nowhere. If the goal was to dish out the dirt, she could have done a better job. Sadly, after completing the book, I'm not sure what the goal was with the writing.

      • A peek inside the kingdom
        From Amazon

        'Princess' is a true story about "Sultana" a member of the royal bloodline, growing up in Saudi Arabia. One would think that as descendant of the great leader, King Abdul Aziz life would be luxurious with one opportunity after another..and for the males that's true..but as a female born and raised in the Royal family life was severe and restrictive.

        This book is very well written and you wont want to put it down. Most people have no idea what life in the Middle East is like. It will shock and sadden you to read about how cruel and harsh life is for females (children and adults) and the sickening double standards allowed for males. This book will open your eyes to the true nature of Islam and just how intolerant and incompatable it is regarding human rights.

      • Fiction is stranger than fiction
        From Amazon

        I believe this book to be a sloppily written work of FICTION. I bought it thinking I was going to read a day-to-day account of the life of a Saudi princess. I would have been happy with a boring account of household chores and staring at the walls. However, I became suspicious at obvious omissions like details of the princess' first sexual experience and her survival of cancer. I was appalled at how such a life-changing experience could be glossed over in 2 or 3 sentences. The princess had no problems detailing the rape of a young Egyptian girl, but was uncomfortable discussing her own sex life or illness? The book is about her, so why not focus on these struggles through the eyes of a Saudi woman? How did the health system treat her? Did she get support from her relatives? The sale of young Egyptian girls by their mothers is not a new or shocking story to anyone who has lived in that country. It has recently come to my attention that this type of activity still takes place in Egypt. The detailed retelling of stories not related to the life of the "princess" gave the book a cut-and-paste feel. It was as if Ms. Sasson interwove her personal observations with gossip and other written accounts. I have been researching Islamic/Middle Eastern culture for a while and so, and I was surprised that I could easily remember text and word-of-mouth references for many of the "princess'" stories. My own research took place over 4 years through numerous sittings with Muslim men in Asia, who demonstrated their culture through their habits and statements. So, yes, the treatment of women is barbaric and honour killings are allowed/expected in some countries. Unmarried women are dishonouring themselves, and marriage is the ultimate symbol of respectability. Some of them object to being touched by women (not even handshakes), or eat food prepared in establishments owned by Jews. Many Muslim men and women have intercourse before marriage. The men expect to marry virgins because they want to have unprotected sex without the worry. I could go on and on. None of these Western-educated men think that there is anything backward about their beliefs. The point is, why did Ms. Sasson choose a "princess" to highlight the plight of women in the Middle East? There exist a wide variety of people from all walks of life that would have willingly offered the accounts she needed to write a very interesting and colourful account of life as a Saudi. The princess comes across as powerless, frustrated and somewhat bubble-headed. Some of her actions are illogical. She wants to do so much to help women in her country but uses her social clout to organise parties for royals and diplomats?! Here was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of women's, nay, HUMAN rights issues in the Kingdom. She writes nonchalantly about enjoying unlimited use of her husband's jet, but is surprised when he feels some repugnance towards her after she has become disfigured because of a disease. Why would someone this vain neglect to get reconstructive surgery? If her husband can fly a medical team out to Saudia Arabia to help deliver their child, and if she is resourceful enough to steal millions of dollars of her husband's money, it could certainly enter her mind to physically transform herself. Also, why did she go back to her husband? Why not take all the money and keep the children, and write the book on her own? She could have claimed asylum in a number of countries or bought herself and her children new identities. By the end of this toweringly tall tale, I felt that Ms. Sasson may have written this book as a way of venting her disappointment over not having found herself a rich, handsome, Saudi prince. Had she never left Saudi Arabia empty-handed she would never have had the inclination to write this text. I think it is a shame that people feel it is fine to write negative stories about a culture just because it is closed to outsiders. There is no way for us to authenticate any of the stories in Princess (without subjecting her to death, torture, or ostracism) and so, I will give this book a 20% chance of being authentic. Likewise, I hope the author will understand my viewpoint as to the dubious nature of a text that can be constructed through careful research and attentive listening.

      • What the World Needs Now
        From Amazon

        This is extraordinary book - a testament to one woman's courage (that of the Princess)as well as to the talent(that of Jean Sasson)which put it so powerfully on the printed page. Everyone needs to read this book. The demeaning cruelty with which some Arab women are treated is something that the world needs to be told about over and over again. Particularly when we are treated to the appalling sight of President Bush holding hands and dancing up and down with the Saudi leader, Prince Abdullah, while Irag and Afghanistan burn. But most of all, "Princess" is a deeply-felt reminder that what the world also needs a lot more of now is love...Zeus: A Journey Through Greece in the Footsteps of a God; The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir; Greece: An Illustrated History (Illustrated Histories)

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