I truly feel as if I've been given a fair and accurate look into the Saudi Arabian recent past, as described through a female member of the royalty. This book portrays a timeline from the 70's - 90's and heavily describes day to day life for women, both privledged and not. There is plenty of bad, mixed with good and hope.
I was completely engrossed by this book. It is riveting. I could not believe how things really were over there. It is a must read if you are at all interested in the middle east or how women are treated.
Fascinating memoir of a Saudi Arabian princess (her grandfather was the first king of the nation and the line has continued since), focusing on the harsh gender inequality that reaches all levels of society in that country. The book was written in the early 1990's so I'm curious as to what has happened to her since then?
Anyone with the slightest interest in human rights will find this book heart wrenching. It is a well-written personal story that compels the reader to awareness of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and of the true role designated to women by men, even in wealthy families, in that country. The issues addressed by this admirably couragious woman will stay with the reader long after the story is finished.
I thought this was a wonderful book. It gives wonderful insight to the life of women in Saudi Arabia. This was one I just could not put down. It brought me an understanding in how people half a world away could have such different views on things and perhaps why the change there is so slow. It also gave me an understanding why the people of that area are so reluctant to change, although many wish for it.
Wow, this book (the first of a trilogy) takes a look at life in Saudi Arabia and its treatment of women. Some of the content is heartbreaking, but Princess Sultana is a strong woman, not willing to be defined by her culture. Definitely worth the read!
The book was interesting regarding the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia. The copyright is 1992 so it somewhat out of date. The story of women/human rights or rather lack of them is disturbing. To be born a girl in Saudi Arabia is to be nothing, a non-person. Your quality of life, your very life is in the hands of your father, husband, son, and country. No one deserves to be treated like this.
Reading this book, you wonder sometimes how women in Saudi Arabia can bear to go on living. The rage would eat me up. However, the princess, while severely limited simply because she is a woman, is a sort of feminist at heart and wins some small victories. There are two or three biographical books out in which she is the narrator, through a Western woman friend, and I enjoyed all of them immensely.