Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

Book - 1992
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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

Blackwell North Amer
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 vote, 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 religious 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 of anonymity.
She 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 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 "woman's room," a padded, windowless cell where women are confined with neither light nor conversation until death claims them. Servants are forced into sexual servitude and severely beaten if they attempt escape.
By speaking out, Sultana risks bringing the wrath of the Saudi establishment upon her head and the heads of her children. In the barren, hopeless wasteland that is the life of Saudi women today, free speech is punishable by death. But by telling her story to a Western writer, 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 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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c1992
Edition: ed
ISBN: 9780688116750
0688116752
Characteristics: p. :288 ; cm

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AL_KATI Aug 24, 2017

This memoir sucked me in. It was fascinating and some parts were horrifying. A must read.

AL_ALICIA Aug 09, 2016

This book really opened my eyes to the experiences of women (even royal women) in the middle east. While it can be disturbing and upsetting at times, I find it to be an absolute must-read and highly recommend the whole trilogy.

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LWillenburg
Dec 21, 2012

This was a pretty good book. I had hoped things would get better, but I guess that's real life there. I hope God really does some work in the people's lives in this country and pray for them.

BookQueen88 Oct 15, 2012

This was an eye-opener for me, too. I knew that most Muslim women in the Arab world aren't really remotely treated like queens, but even as a Saudi princess, it's the same, if not, worse. Saudi Arabia is actually the second most oppressive nation in the world (North Korea is the first).

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pikachu025
Aug 26, 2012

At first I read this book because we were required to in lit class, but as I read on, I realized and learned so many things about Saudi Arabia that I never knew. At some points in the book it's hard to believe this is a real person's life from how disturbing some of the events are. This book is a major eye-opener, and a great read.

Mimi9988 Dec 30, 2011

VERY GOOD BOOK I RECOMMEND IT TO BE AN AWARD WINNING BOOK !!!!!!! VERY SAD!!!!!

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LBARBER
Mar 27, 2011

Another book that was difficult to read because of the violence to women and children. I am glad I read it though. It was an eye opener.

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BookBear780
Oct 13, 2010

An interesting read. Very disturbing in some parts but necessary to understand what these women must endure.

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email_becs
Jul 04, 2010

This is a book that you can't put down. Sultana, unlike her contemporaries, is fiery and wants women to have the same rights as men, who are currently oppressing the fairer sex. She watches as men discriminate in unimaginable ways against the ladies, who are completely powerless to resist. Then, when it happens to her, she fights back with all her strength.

This book reads like a novel, but it is obvious that it is about a real woman. I can't wait to see what happens next in the next book of the trilogy, "Princess Sultana's Daughters."

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