Readers of PRINCESS were gripped by Jean Sasson's powerful indictment of women's lives behind the veil. Now, in the compelling sequel, Jean Sasson and Princess Sultana turn the spotlight on Sultana's two teenage daughters, Maha and Amani.
As second-generation members of the royal family who have benefited from Saudi oil wealth, Maha and Amani are surrounded by untold opulence and luxury from the day they were born. And yet, they are stifled by the unbearably restrictive lifestyle imposed on them, driving them to desperate measures.
Throughout, Sultana and Sasson never tire of their quest to expose the injustices which society levels against women. Princess Sultana once more strikes a chord among all women who are lucky enough to have the freedom to speak out for themselves.
PRAISE FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER PRINCESS:
"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad …" —People
"A chilling story … a vivid account of an air-conditioned nightmare …"—Entertainment Weekly
"Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights." —USA Today
"Shocking … candid … sad, sobering, and compassionate …"—San Francisco Chronicle
This book is a lot like a Chinese meal: thoroughly enjoyable at the time, you can't put your chopsticks down until its finished, but later you don't feel full and wonder at the insubstantiality of it all.
This book has been called a fake. Lots of books about women in Arab countries have that accusation leveled against them, far too many for it to be true all the time. This book doesn't read like a fake anyway. In a work of fiction, arguably, the enormous wealth would have been less taken for granted and phrases like, "one of my husband's Lear Jets" is unlikely to have appeared so casually. I did like the descriptions of the practice of Islam by this Saudi family and their friends. They weren't terribly strict in its practice and when one had stepped outside the fold to the point of endangering their lives, the family did rally round and help them. Love was more evident than the harsh fundamentalism of many books set in Saudia Arabia.
Its a real page-turner and a fast read, good for a plane ride of about three or four hours. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something light but not fiction and who enjoys memoirs, especially of women.read more
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