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Lifting the Veil of the Secrets of in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Black Opal Books (15 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEQPIP0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have lived in Saudi Arabia for 30 years so was interested to see what these two women had to say. Unfortunately, it was very badly written, had not been properly edited, and had basic grammar & spelling mistakes - especially when they got to describing their holiday in Kenya. It was shocking to see that they hadn't even bothered to check the spellings of the towns they visited. There was some interesting information regarding their nursing experiences and the cases that they saw, as well as some of the awful marriage practises (very young girls being married off to much older men), and honour killings. Once they had established the facts about the restrictions they faced as single women, there was far too much time spent babbling on about the various parties & sexual exploits of the nurses, but nonetheless there was certainly a ring of truth about the transitory nature of the affairs between single nurses & married men who were in Saudi without their wives. The writers were quite derogatory about the "Brits". The book is obviously self-published as it would never have been published elsewhere, but the writers need to at least address the very basic writing errors they have made, let alone much of the mundane content.
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I also could call this book "Sex (of course only with Caucasian expatriates!), drugs, and alcohol". A woman indulging in her 'Saudi-Arabia - adventure'. 'She' does not lack any sense of responsibility, humanity, and sensibility only (we have to accept the culture - never heard about Amnesty International?), etc., but also presents harsh prejudice against Caucasian women, who choose a different way. I finally stopped reading this 'sermon' when the authors thought that half an atom-bomb would suffice for a part of Europe ... due to the authors' lack of self confidence as Americans ... Sorry, some books should not be published. This could have been a great experience to share, but not with this attitude.
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After reading In The Land Of Invisible Women (Qanta Ahmed) i expected another good and informative book on how it must be for western nurses to work in a big Saudi hospital. What Lifting the Veil gave me was hugely dissapointing. It appears to be written by very naive people from small-town USA who only see Americans as contributing to the the overall goodness in the world - particularly Saudi hospitals. Xenaphobia thickly spread. No ladies, there are other nationalities doing their part and not all as incompetent as you would paint them. Give this one a miss - not worth the paper it was printed on.
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Probably one of the most badly written books I have ever read. I was expecting to read an informative and interesting book. However, this was definitely not the case as the structure of the book is very bad, she seemed to talk of nothing but her badly planned holidays and illegal parties. I also found her immense dislike of the English rather disappointing and the general racist comments throughout her book. The author seems to be very naive and childish. Please do not buy this book, there are plenty of other far better choices out there. I have never not finished a book but this one is an exception to that!
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This story was boring and self indulgent like sitting through a strangers holiday slides, right down to a bunion operation. And unless you are an American be prepared to by offended. I tried to skim read as I hate to leave a book unfinished but on this occasion I gave up. Dont be fooled by the cover, if you interested in Saudi culture there are more informative books out there. I hate to give a bad review but on this occasion I felt I had to warn potential customers how miss leading the title and cover are.
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I thought the book was a little weak in parts, there was too much emphasis on the "Goings On" with people around the Hospital,it also seemed a little racist in parts too, that maybe because, I think, it was in the early 80's and people were less aware of what they could say and get away with. There are lots of interesting stories about the Locals and Hospital Staff. I did not like the fact that it went on and on at times about some rather boring episode.
It only deserves three stars from me.
Would only recommend this to anyone who does not know much about Saudi Arabia.
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Most interesting insight into a secret world. Absolutely enthralling. Women's treatment by men is just jaw dropping. Well written and informative
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've read a fair few books on the kingdom and found this one equally as good. It was completely unputdownable so I didn't put it down! Fortunately my modern western Geordie husband did not complain but simply cooked his own dinner, (and mine too) Well worth a read for an honest account of how men treat women in this land of chauvinistic to the extreme men. Very sad and heart wrenching in places and funny in others. Worth buying.
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