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My Life in Doha: Between Dream and Reality Paperback – 29 Dec 2010

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC (29 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609765915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609765910
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I was excited to discover this book as my husband and I lived in Doha for five years in the 1980s and thoroughly enjoyed what we considered to be a magical adventure. Unfortunately, The book was dull and terribly disappointing.
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I won my copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review, so here goes...

Everybody who can read, should read this book at least once. It is a fantastically written, well researched and honest contrast and comparison of life in the Islamic Arabic Gulf, to that of the Christian West. But it is also the memoirs of a remarkable woman, her love story and interesting life. I love the fact that the author has included the history and delved into the meanings of words, subtly educating the reader along the journey of reading this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and pointless 15 Feb. 2013
By Alice Folkart - Published on Amazon.com
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Come on! Can't believe that an American girl would marry someone from
a little-known foreign country and not do any research about what she'd find
there. Also can't believe that any American girl (well, most at least) would
be content to stay at home and gossip with the women of the house, would
put on the veil to go out and be content to see her daughter grow up to do
the same.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars transitioning to the muslim life 17 Sept. 2012
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Amazing how she so easily adopted the muslim life - coming from a christian background and educated in America - even raising her children in the muslim faith. Giving up so much as a woman in a muslim country is no easy task with our freedoms, dress codes etc: Her husband sounds like a saint and obviously made this journey an easier transition. It seems an alien concept to abandon our freedoms and opportunities as women and closet yourself to the world of male and religious domination. An insightful and interesting read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Life 18 Mar. 2011
By Encino Book Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is effectively a narrative of the author's life, and quite an interesting one at that. She grew up in the Philippines and was raised Catholic. She went to medical school where she met her now husband, who was from Qatar. This volume deals heavily with the contrast in the two cultures.

Writing Style - 5.0

The writing is very well done. Sometimes highly educated authors write in overly complex terms. This is not the case here. The read is smooth. It is well structured and put together.

Accuracy - 5.0

The information presented here is a combination of the author's experience and some research so there is a lot of value, especially if you are interested in Middle East culture. I have done some reading on it and it was good to see some overlap. I also learned a bit which is great when I read a non-fiction book (which is less often than fiction).

Interest - 5.0

I became intersted in Middle Eastern Culture after 9/11, mainly because of the sharp contrast in standings and opinions. It was nice to read a book written by someone who had not grown up in that area of the world, but was exposed to it later in life. There were many parts of the book where tried to imagine what I would feel like in the case that I was the one who went to Qatar.

Overall - 5.0

Overall, my response is to give this book two thumbs up. If you have an interest in the Middle East, definitely check out this volume as it is written by someone with first hand experience of moving to the region.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish My Life Was Worth Putting In A Book 2 Mar. 2011
By Book Lord - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first memoir I have ever read. I used to think they were just people thinking they were greater than they are or stars looking to collect an extra buck. The reality is, Dr. Hajar's life definitely is interesting enough to be made into a book, hence my 5 star rating of it.

The author moved to Qatar because the man she married is from there and she went with him. For her, at least the way it seemed to me, it was like moving to a different planet. The sharp contrast of culters and values that she was used to from her Catholic upbringing and the Arab ways of where she moved were quite alien to her.

Mixed in with her story are some useful facts and historical information on the various themes she encounters along the way. This is an educational and eye opening piece. As someone who knows very little about the Middle East (and I try not to get my education from CNN), I found this book eye opening. I fully plan on reading a bit more on the concepts that Dr. Hajar hit upon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read 10 April 2011
By Hayden Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author takes us on a journey through her life starting with leaving her home in the Philippines to go to medical school in the United States. It was there she met a man from Qatar who was studying to be a cardiologist. As you can guess, they fell for each other and move to Qatar.

It is there she enlightens the reader on her first hand experience of being a woman in a male dominated society. She is introduced to the black veil and other customs in the Islamic world.

The book kept my attention throughout and provides first hand knowledge of the Arabic-Islamic culture in Qatar. It was definitely eye opening and a recommended read, especially for those who have gotten their "education" from CNN. Get a more realistic view here.
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