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    I m the author of this book It s great to see the ongoing discussions about women in Saudi Arabia I am delighted to reveal that under the current King Abduallah, that Saudi women are seeing an improvement in life Although there is a long way to go, there is great hope that change is coming Also, I d like to let readers know that I am currently working with Princess Sultana and one of my publishers on the 4th book on Princess Sultana It should be published fall 2014 More news to follow


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    Every once in a while I try to read something that is deeper than my usual smutty romance selections This was one of those books I listened to the Audible version and I could not pull myself away from the plight of Princess Sultana Al Sa ud and the other women from this story Her story offered a poignant look at what life is like for women in Saudi Arabia Even the wealthiest and most privileged women are not spared the cruelty of the misogynistic and oppressive culture Women are treated as property to be owned and managed by men They are traded like cattle and punished for perceived infractions in cruel ways From birth, girls are treated as second class citizens, a disappointment to their family and inferior to all males This was highlighted by Princess Sultana s accounts of growing up with a spoiled and sadistic younger brother No matter what he did, she would always be wrong Time and time again, she was forced to be subservient to him, no matter how egregious his behavior was.Sexual abuse is also rampant in the world that Princess Sultana described Young girls are forced to marry much older men, while older wives are forced to take a backseat while their husbands forsake them for their younger brides Young or old, there is no bright side for the wives.While the girls virtue is fiercely guarded their body sacred until such time as their father or other male guardian decides to gift it to another the boys and men engage in a variety of depraved sexual acts One especially disturbing scene tells the story of a trip to Egypt where Sultana s brother and other men commit acts of extreme sexual violence It was absolutely heartbreaking and terrifying.More than anything, I couldn t get past the unfairness of the situation These women had no power or control in their lives It is so far removed from the life I m luck enough to lead that it was unfathomable to me The indifference and cruelty of the men also took me aback The often barbaric punishments they doled out seemed to be the norm The life of the females was valued so little that they could be extinguished with scant concern than one would have when swatting a fly It was unimaginable to me.Not surprisingly, this book was pretty depressing The life lead by these women was grim, even as they tried to make the most of the little joy they could find in the absence of the men Much of the content was upsetting and discouraging.That being said, I still think that this is a book that everyone should read It will anger and sadden you However, turning a blind eye to atrocities like the ones that play out on the pages of this book does not make the reality go away Raising awareness is important in order to facilitate change and change is necessary Yet again, I am reminded of how blessed I am for the life I was born into.


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    First of all, I do not believe that this work 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 to be a highly compelling read and I believe most of the cruel, barbaric traditions and suffocating rules mentioned in 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 book 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 so 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.


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    As a person who had spent some time in Saudi Arabia as an expatriate, I can say that many elements of this book had indeed lived up to match some of my experiences there However, it should be noted with caution that this is a tale that spans many years back from the time when Saudi Arabia is slowly opening itself up to embrace the world and modernization The country that I came to, live in and left a few years back was a stark contrast to the hear say and media portrayal of late In fact, I was surprised of how much improved things are in a rather conservative country Things have changed for sure.It should be noted that this was a tale being told from the perspective of a Princess, and rewritten by the author Sasson has been noted as a female rights author of sorts, evident on her other works that still linger on tale of abuse manipulation oppression of women in mostly Middle East countries Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan Thus, it is hard to read this book without sensing a tinge of bias especially me knowing her central theme Or, of how much the story had been rewritten to create a shocking drama You be the judge of the story.Another caution it is easy to link the injustice, cruelty and oppression depicted in the book, to Muslims and even Islam by first glance Islam is a religion of the many people around various places in this earth Saudi Arabia being its birth place and that s all Culture varies between one group of people to another, but that does not mean that the religion bear the burden of misinterpretation As much as one expect this book to linger so much on elements of faith and religion it actually dwells on culture and human value By all means, it is not to say that Sasson invoke the sentiment in this book She exhibit great respect for the religion and said so many times through the character and by herself.At 303 pages, the book makes a good read The stories are short, yet engaging enough to grip you for hours Shocking, sickening at times and sometimes just plain beautiful Revelation after revelation, which while seems extraordinarily unbelievable, is also true.Saudi Arabia is a beautiful country and the people are kind This book didn t really focus much on that, and misses a lot on the good parts Plus, this was an old tale from a royal family that may may not be as relevant today Much have to be learned of he life of the common people.


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    Read on the blog Okay, I might be way too harsh with this review but that s only because I have never hated a book than this one right here So here goes my rant This book is said to be about Sultana Not real name who is a Saudi Princess and even though she belongs to the royal family she is bound by strict rules that define that women are only used for sexual relief and to bear the children for their husbands And how they are enslaved by their fathers, husbands and brothers First of all, what kind of a person who belongs to a family of famous people would want such intimidate details of her life story which is different than others, obviously to be written by a foreign author and available for publish in abroad Secondly, how is it possible that when such details were put in a book for everyone to read, how did her family not find it out The facts in the book are obvious enough for anyone to understand that it s fake Fact 1 She said that she wasn t allowed to go into the mosque Being a Saudi Princess she should have known that Mosques have a separate section for women Fact 2 It s said that women were forced to marry after puberty I agree that women were and in some places still are being made to marry men right after maturation But it was to avoid going around and having sex before marriage as doing that is unlawful in Islam But but but I have heard that it s mentioned in the Quran the holy book of Muslims that it is the woman who gets to decide when and whom she wants to marry Remember that it s always the humans who twist rules to fit their requirement.Fact 3 Woman are given the highest respect in Islam Women are told to cover themselves so as not to attract the attention of unwanted men but men are not even allowed to look at them with bad intentions as thinking of a bad deed is equal to doing one And to support this fact, a quote from the Quran itself translated of course He who is best to his wife is the best man among you However, I agree that polygamy is allowed in Islam but I don t think that anybody in the modern generation follows that as everyone knows that it s difficult enough to handle the expenses and lectures of one woman Fact 4 Also a father who educates a minimum of three daughters has gained a palace in Heaven This is another thing from the holy book that shows that education is not prerogative to women girls.Fact 5 There is a story kind of thing that I have heard It s about this man who asks the prophet Who is the one worthy of respect after Allah The god worshiped by Muslims and the prophet says Your mother The man asks one again Who after that and the prophet says Your mother Once again the man asks And who after that and the prophet says the same thing again For the last time the man asks Who after that and then the prophet says Your father.This does not mean that Fathers are not respected enough, they are but it s just that Mothers are held higher.There are many facts that I can go on about like the one about piercing the vagina or something which is absolutely stupid and I think that the author has just made it up but I just wanted to tell you guys that anyone who believes in this book and let s themselves be manipulated by it, Islam is not a bad religion It has given it s followers many rules to follow but it s for their own advantage Like listening to music and watching movies is not allowed in Islam, it s not forbidden but it s said so as to avoid any thing that takes one away from worshiping their God I think it s the same for Protestants I heard that like Muslims they too are supposed to cover their heads, not drink, not have sex before marriage, not worship images or idols of God, not listen to music or watch movies and not wear gold.I accept that women are oppressed but anyone would be fool to believe that Islam is a religion that promotes it Women of every religion are oppressed by men of different religions Just because one man from one particular religion does so does not mean that every man of that religion does it The same goes for Terrorism.So this is what I had to say about this book Since I hate this one so much I don t think I will be reading the other two that follow this one And I won t be rating this one since I have nothing to give it, but I won t be stopping you from reading it either You can read it for yourself and understand that it s the biggest hoax ever.Lots of hatred for the author but love and pasta for you guys,Raven


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    Princess is the story of a Saudi Arabian princess called Sultana 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 from birth while she and her sisters are subjected to whatever cruelty he desires As Sultana gets older, she encounters and horror at the treatment of women Things chance when she is betrothed to Kareem Or do they 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 I 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.


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    After reading this book and comments from other readers, i really feel like i need to say something regarding Islam and Muslims because I am a Muslim.To all people who read the book, don t be mislead by what you read That is not the true picture of Islam What is portrayed in the story is of culture based, not religion Islam particularly The way the men in the story treated their women is not what is taught in Islam I know because I am a Muslim, living in a Muslim community In Islam, women are respected In Saudi Arabia, women are treated that way because that s their culture, not because they are following the teaching of Islam.It is true that we, Muslim women, need to cover certain parts of our body I do it and is not forced to do it I am not denied the right to educate myself, or to work I am an educated person, working in professional field, earning 4 figures monthly, and i am married and me and my husband shares the same responsibility in marriage i am NOT denied to my right of doing what i want So, the point is, please don t generalise Muslims and Islam after reading this book.


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    Note Comments by Jean Sasson and Friederike Monika Adsani or their fake accounts will automatically be deleted.I am an American who has an interest in both Muslims and Arab countries I got this book for Christmas It is a very gripping story, a real page turner However, while reading through it I couldn t help noticing that the way the book was written just seemed.off It read like a novel the way the chapters were structured, the horrifying crimes committed by the males in the story I m not saying horrible things aren t done, I just find it hard to believe that EVERY male in Saudi Arabia is basically a heartless idiot like they are portrayed in this book , and the protagonist s unavoidably American Feminist view of the things happening in her country.I did some research and discovered that apparently the author was sued for plagiarism although, in the interests of being fair, she did win and this book has been accused of basically being a novel claiming to be the truth I would have to say I agree with that assessment It read like a novel The covers of this book and other books by the same author all have that fiction sensational novel type of cover The titles sound like novel titles The blurbs written for this and the other books in the trilogy read like blurbs for fictional novels.If you compare it to other books written on the hardships women in the Arab world have faced you can immediately tell a difference in both the writing they do not read like entertaining sensational novels, they read like true stories of hardship and just the covers and blurbs for them other books don t have fiction book covers and the blurbs don t read like the blurbs for novels I had no knowledge of the controversy surrounding this book before I read it but after I was done I had enough doubts about its authenticity to research its back story That should tell you something.It s painfully obvious in reading through this book that it is fiction If you are curious and wish to read this novel for yourself I recommend just getting it from your library so you in no way financially support someone who advertises fiction under the guise of truth I have checked out her other books and it seems the author is simply attempting to profit from our curiosity about other cultures and peoples and basically slandering them in her writing Even worse, she fills our heads with untrue stereotypes that people from these countries have to confront when they are in our country Inexcusable.If you truly want to know about the hardships women face in other countries there are plenty of true biographies written by the women who have survived In the Land of Invisible Women A Female Doctor s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom Saudi Arabia Dear Zari The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan Afghanistan The Favored Daughter One Woman s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future Afghanistan The Girl with Three Legs A Memoir Somalia I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced Yemen Inside The Kingdom My Life In Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia I would recommend those over anything written by this author any day.


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    Princess, by Jean Sasson is the life story of a Saudi princess as told to an American journalist It details the dysfunction, hypocrisy and imposed inertia of the royal family in general, and depravity of some members in particular Most of all, it describes the gilded but treacherous cage in which royal women are forced to live, and the vulnerability of all Saudi foreign worker women in the Kingdom On a personal note, if I thought the Saudis were a bunch of troglodyte degenerates before, this book only reinforced that impression There are some passages in the book that I ll never forget although I d just as soon purge those scenes from my brain Princess Sultana through Sasson tells a compelling story and there s plenty of sympathy to be had there Some criticize Sultana s narrative, though, saying that Saudi Arabia isn t like that any and her story doesn t apply to all Saudi women, blah, blah, blah I say she was just telling her own story as a royal woman living under those specific rules She also states that if change is going to happen, it would be provoked by middle class women, thus declaring that there are differences in society dynamics Definitely worth a read to get an idea of this particular Saudi s life and to better appreciate one s own.


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    This is truly a fabulous book about the life and family of Princess Sultana It has a touch of humour, despite the suffering Very defiant and is certainly eye opening in a way we could never imagine This book had the true Arab feel to it It makes you want to learn about the Saudi Arabia culture and their royal family This is the story of Princess Sultana, a Saudi princess, living a life of extreme wealth and yet experiencing poverty within the realm of freedom and equality Princess Sultana reveals the darker side of the lives of many women in Saudi I have to admit there were some parts that s difficult to read There were some terrifying revelations about young women of barely fourteen being stoned to death, drowned in the house swimming pool with weights tied to them, etc by their own family in the name of honour killing The horrifying details of the women s plights and Sultana s rebellion about the situation make for an emotional read This is such a gripping book and will definitely make you laugh, sad, angry and relieved A highly recommended read.


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Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia download Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia , read online Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia , kindle ebook Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia , Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia 69c25fc6dc4f 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 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 CountrySultana 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 And Anonymity Sultana 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 Oppression S, 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, A Padded, Windowless Cell Where Women Are Confined With Neither Light Nor Conversation Until Death Claims ThemBy Speaking Out, Sultana Risks Bringing The Wrath Of The Saudi Establishment Upon Her Head And The Heads Of Her Children But By Telling Her Story To Jean Sasson, 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