4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2008
Bought this book in Zanzibar on my honeymoon. It is very easy to read and provides a good insight into life in Princess Salme's world. The chapters are broken down into bite-size aspects of her daily life (clothes, food, family etc). There are occasional errors in the translation (for example our edition spells Muslim incorrectly throughout) and it is not exactly great language. But for a digestable, historical look at life on Zanzibar, I found ift very enjoyable.
on 19 April 2011
Having recently visited Oman, I was interested to read something of its history, also Zanzibar. It was written many years ago, so the text can seem dated at times, but it is a fascinating account of life as it was then. Emily Ruete must have been a remarkable woman.