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Think of Saudi Arabia and what do you see? A corrupt government and a fabulously wealthy royal family living lives of unbelievably luxury? Jean Sasson captures the flavour and reality of life in a country of extremes and contradictions. Princess ‘Sultana’, a real Saudi princess closely related to the King, lives those contradict Think of Saudi Arabia and what do you pprincesa Princess ‘Sultana’, a real Saudi princess closely related to the King, lives those contradictions, with priceless jewels, many servants, unlimited funds at her disposal, but no freedom.

A prisoner in a gilded cage with no vote, no control, no value, but as a mother of sons, princesw is totally at the mercy if the men in her life For the first time, a royal Saudi woman opens the door to give readers an unvarnished look inside a closed society. Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and great courage.

By speaking out, ‘Sultana’ risks the wrath of the Saudi establishment and for this reason, she has told her story to Jean Sasson.

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This is a real-life story you will never forget. Paperbacklivfo. The Princess Trilogy 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Sultanaplease sign up. Haripriya Ramakrishnan I think there is a Kindle version. See all 3 questions about Sultana…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. First of all, I do not believe that this pruncesa is a genuine autobiography of a Saudi princess.

It just doesn’t make sense to not reveal the name for ‘protecting the identity of the author’ after giving such a detailed life story and other intimate details about her family structure and other stuff.

It is naive to assume that she would not be caught and put to death. I guess, maybe it could be the story of the maid of the Princess or something. Nevertheless I found it prjncesa be a highly compelling rea First of all, I do not believe that this work is a genuine autobiography of a Saudi princess. Nevertheless I found it to be a highly compelling read and I believe most of the cruel, barbaric traditions and suffocating rules mentioned siltana this book are unfortunately true.

I had stayed in that terrible place for two years and during that period, I was appalled by their religious extremism and zero tolerance to other religions. But after reading this pfincesa I realize they not only spit upon other religions but also treat their own women like shit.

Some of the experiences mentioned are so heart wrenching I am amazed how a human being can treat another another human being in such absolute cruelty and be sultanw merciless. This book is definitely not an easy read but it would give you a pretty accurate insight about inner workings of the Saudi society and about the wretched status of their women.


View all 9 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Princess is the story of a Saudi Arabian princess called Slutana for the purposes of the story. It shows a picture of the life of a woman in the male dominated Saudi society. Her brother is treated like a god ,ivro birth while she and her sisters are livroo to whatever cruelty he desires. As Sultana gets older, she encounters more and more horror at the treatment of women.

Things chance when she is betrothed to Kareem. First of all, this was a homework assignment from my girlfrie Princess is the story of a Saudi Arabian princess called Sultana for the purposes of the story. First of all, this was a homework assignment from my girlfriend at the time.

She and my sister in law had both read it and it raised their ire. I said I’d give it a shot, mostly because Pgincesa knew it would force my brother to have to read it as well.

To put it bluntly, the Saudi women go through some horrible shit. Girls being drowned in a swimming pool for disgracing the family, girls getting stoned to death, raped by their much older husbands, polygamy, etc. It’s not the easy reading I’m accustomed to and has raised my awareness of the plight of women in Middle Eastern countries.

It’s a good read but not a light read and definitely not for the faint of heart. View all 15 comments.

Princess: Secrets to Share by Jean Sasson

The reality for most women there is so much worse. She does mention some examples of what happened to other women, but her tone is often self-pitying. Her life of leisure was a dream compared to the lives of most Saudi women.

Here’s what filled her days: After a snack of fresh princeas, I would soak in the liivro in a leisurely manner. After dressing, I would join Kareem for a late lunch.

We would lounge and read after our meal, and then Kareem and I would take a short nap I attended women’s parties in the late sultzna We almost always attended a dinner party in the evenings, for we were of a most select group that entertained mixed couples Such a hard life. And when things were at their worst, you had unlimited financial resources and gullible private plane pilots at your disposal so you could run away undetected, taking your children with you.

If life there is so bad, why did you go back after escaping so successfully? I did find the book to be an interesting peek into the lives of the Saudi royals, but I wouldn’t read the follow-up books. Sultana’s friend Jean Sasson writes well enough, but she makes a lot of errors in language usage that should have been caught by editors.

For example, she uses “restrain” when she means “refrain,” and “my duplicity of the pilot” instead of ” toward the pilot. View all 5 comments.

Hypocrisy rules the land of the religion that strongly condemned the act the act of hypocrisy centuries ago! The true story of one of the princesses of the royal house of Al Saud in Saudi Arabia is told in a fashion that is both charming and riveting. The veil that guards the women of the Saudi Arabia also hides behind it years of cruelty and injustice. It was a very strange experience to read this book.

It appears highly prophetic to find out that the very people who call themselves the keepers o Hypocrisy rules the land of the religion that strongly condemned the act the act of hypocrisy centuries ago! It appears highly prophetic to find out that the very people who call themselves the keepers of the faith consider themselves above it.


They seem to be guarding their own follies from the eyes of world rather than guarding themselves against the temptations and evils that may lead them astray. The many atrocities mentioned as to have been committed in the name of faith and Islam has no basis in it at all.

For example, the case of the young girl who was punished by death for fornication right after giving birth was a very high act of injustice. I am sure as those teenage boys had no access to such witnesses considering the girl was completely innocent, her death was not a punishment but instead would be deemed as murder. It is sad to see that the name of the religion which holds the honour of a woman more precious is being used to guard the false honour of the hypocritical men of the Saudi society.

Islam remains misconstrued and misinterpreted even among the people who speak the language of its holy book. A prime example of this is the treatment of maids as slaves by some of the families. Considering slavery was outlawed by the mutual agreement of all nations the laws concerning the slaves no longer apply.

However, even if one was to ponder over the matter, countless accounts throughout the lives of the Prophet and early converts shows that kindness and compassion was preached in their treatment instead of cruelty and violence. Freeing of slaves, whether Muslim or otherwise, was considered a great act of humanity.


Moreover, the purchasing of a slave and hiring of maid are two very suotana things. The maid is an employee, a free woman, upon whom the employer has no personal right. This idea seems to be lost to most of the families depicted. Forgiveness is admired in the religion of Islam yet its followers seem to stubbornly unforgiving it is a shock that they seem to have even a modicum of understanding of prlncesa faith, apart from the harsher to harshest punishments that they can execute on those below them in ranks and power.

The laws that apply to women also apply to men yet only the women seem to be punished and the men forgotten. A land which is the home of the religion of justice breeds so much injustice, it is unfathomable. The education of women was encouraged by the Prophet P. How will she learn to manage and teach her children without having a firm grounding herself?

No one seems to notice this. This book raises a number of questions, including its authenticity, I have to admit. I felt that there is enough truth in the words of the author about the conditions of the Saudi women and society that they cannot be ignored.

The treatment of women in Saudi Arabia breaches all forms of human rights and cross all borders of humanity! Hypocrisy should not rule any land which runs under the banner of the great religion of Islam and sadly that is sulatna it does!!!

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