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