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Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar
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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.
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I first picked up a battered copy of this book lying around in a hostel in Zanzibar's Stone Town. Absolutely loved it. It felt wrong to take it home with me so I'm glad I could find a new copy on Amazon.

This is the unmodified text of her original memoires complete with 19th century spelling and distinctly 19th century political opinions (e.g. regarding slavery).
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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.
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on 21 January 2015
A real insight into the life of a real Arabian Princess. I loved the comparisons made between the Eastern and Western women of the day which made me smile. Beautifully written with honesty and humour. Emily Ruete must have been a very unique lady.
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on 27 September 2014
Fascinating.
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