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Worth a read but it had drawbacks
on 19 January 2011
To get an account what it is like to live in Saudi Arabia, as a single muslim woman from another country, it is well worth a read. I found her description of her own awakening to Islam quite moving, and her experiences otherwise, good and bad, interesting. She does have access to Saudi women and men, albeit of the elite, so can give a rare impression of life in Saudi Arabia.
Sadly, though, the book is let down by insufficient editing. The author is of the school of 'never use a simple word if an obscure one will do' type of writing, which gives it a rather shallow and teenagey impression. Her constant references to dress, style and designer labels unfortunately further adds to that.