- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553816950
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Unforgettable in content, fascinating in detail - a book to move you to tears" (Fay Weldon, Mail on Sunday (Pick of the Year))
"Anyone with the slightest interest in human rights will find this book heart-wrenching... It had to come from a native woman to be believable" (Betty Mahmoody, bestselling author of Not Without My Daughter)
"Startling, frank and vivid" (Sunday Express)
"Gripping... fast-paced, enthralling" (Publishers Weekly)
"Princess is a mind-boggling look at the everyday life of a contemporary woman in the 21,000-member-strong royal family... absolutely riveting" (People magazine)
Reissue of the worldwide bestseller by popular demand - a shocking true story of life behind the veil.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Princess Sultana tells the story of her life - her luxurious prison sentence, just because she is a woman in a land where this means second class citizen. No rights, no choice, she is constantly told what will happen to her and her sisters.
She is a Princess yet no one, not even her father, thinks she is anything special - because she is a daughter and only sons are truly wanted. Her voice is defiant and strong, even in the face of danger. She refuses to accept her lot in life - to serve and obey - all the time knowing she could easily be murdered for being a 'difficult' woman. She risks death again and again to do what she thinks is right, to gain a little freedom and choice over her life. Her spirit is amazing - she has hope in the darkest times. It's astounding that this story is real and that she risked so much over and over - knowing that she too could be murdered like her friends and the police would help cover it up.
Some of her stories are truly sickening, I cannot see how she kept going, knowing she had no help in society - no police force, little parental support, should anything happen to her. Women are taught to get on with life no matter what. Men are always right and can do anything, ANYTHING they want.
The only glimmers of humour and lightness are her accounts on the triumphs over her vile brother Ali. I was delighted when she got away with some of them, though tiny moments of satisfaction and joy can never compensate her largely grim existence.
I wouldn't say this book was enjoyable or pleasant. It's shocking, heart wrenching and disgustingly real.Read more ›
This is the story of Sultana - a Saudi princess - living a life of extreme monetary wealth and yet experiencing poverty within the realm of equality and basic human rights. This is a story of her fight for basic rights for the women of Saudi Arabia. It reveals a land of perversion and untold horror - where females are truly seen as expendable. This is a book you are not likely to forget - it will enrage, sadden and numb you, but the small victories won by Princess Sultana will bring out the occasional smile.
This book had the true Arab feel to it. It makes you want to learn or know more about the Saudia culture and the royal family. Some issues in the book were quite difficult to take in or except e.g. the princess drinking and so close to becoming an alcoholic. This is not accepted and to think the Saudi's of all people can fall to that degree-this is what money can bring you. money does not bring happiness and this is what the princess showed. She was missing something and you can't help but like her character-because she spoke out and discussed her life with everyone, even if the Saudi royal family didn't like it.
To learn the fate of some of the grils was distressing. Also to learn that girls got married to men old enough to be thier father-this is not accepted in the western muslim world. Their muslim cultures do vary from the western muslim culture and the asian muslim culture. This shows their own status, tradition are mixed with religion and changes do occur within each country and muslim area.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's so intriguing an I'm glad I've managed to read three books now of the Princess.Please keep the stories coming. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very shocking and interesting look inside the Saudi Arabian lifestyle, I still have yet to finishing the book however I am looking forward to finding out what happens... Read morePublished 1 month ago by glams fav
It is sad to see that women who are able to buy almost anything their hearts desire, do not have the most precious of gifts - freedom.Published 1 month ago by Rosalind Graham
Very interesting and enlightening book. It's a shame women can be living in such oppressive society without anyone to stand up for them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lola
Not enough depth to the main character.
Found myself bored in places not due to content but rather the way it is written, a readable book and a good insight.
The book is an emotional rollercoaster. You'll laugh and sympathise and find yourself getting angry along with the author and protagonist. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Divine
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