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Author: Jean P. Sasson
PRINCES: A TRUE STORY OF LIFE BEHIND THE VEIL IN SAUDI ARABIA describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. — Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other cult...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780688116750
ISBN-10: 0688116752
Publication Date: 9/1992
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Co
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I actually only put it down to sleep because the story was so compelling. As I described the story to a friend, he was surprised I would like it so much. That is because there are descriptions of events that are both frightening and brutal. The author doesn't dwell long on the gory details, but gives you just enough so that you have a sense of both the lavishness and trials of lives of Saudi royal women. The result, although a bit too tidy in places, compels you to read on.
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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Helpful Score: 4
Didn't know if I really wanted to read this but after the first few pages, couldn't put it down. My Western mind couldn't get around some of the things that happened. This is, after all, the 21st century. Fascinating! Will be reading the next book in the series for sure.
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Helpful Score: 3
Unbelievable story written by a woman who grew up in--and eventually fled--Saudi Arabia. Reads like an adventure novel, except it is real. Could not put it down!
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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VintageNana avatar reviewed Princess on + 28 more book reviews
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.
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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!
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Wow, what an interesting book. I loved it.

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