- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 742 KB
- Print Length: 239 pages
- Publisher: Leathers Publishing; 1 edition (9 Jan. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006VOMDN6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shifting Sands: Life in Arabia with a Saudi Princess (True Stories of Life with a Saudi Arabian Princess Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The author claims to be an English language graduate - having studied for seven years (as she feels necessary to point out on numerous occasions) yet the grammar, syntax and spelling is extremely poor. Rarely have I read a text with such a weak command of the English language.
The book rattles on with no clear direction or purpose other than the regular instalments of how something broke her great friendship with the princess - only for us, the reader, to get to the last page and not be told what happened! If this was an attempt to lure the reader to buy a second part that is in the pipeline, then it failed.
I do not recommend this book at all. I spent several years in the Arabian Gulf and found other for more intriguing/informative/interesting narratives on expatriate experiences.
Save your money, it may be cheap but such rubbish should not be paid for at all.
Despite mentioning her master's degree several times, the author has made some terrible spelling mistakes - her dress has a 'boddess' (bodice); a point is 'mute' (moot); there are 'moltove (molotov) cocktails'; she says 'we empathasized' and 'per say' (per se) - and there are some sentences which just aren't sentences. Not all of the Arabic is correctly transliterated, either.
All that said, it's an interesting story and I was surprised to find that I couldn't put it down. My great frustration was that the book ends very abruptly (and infuriatingly) with the most important question unanswered - what happens between the author and the princess?
BANG - it suddenly ends, and the reader is told that all will be explained in the sequel, entitled (less enticingly) 'Creating Shamsiyah: Empowering the Saudi Feminist Movement'. This isn't available at Amazon.co.uk, and is over $43 for a hard copy (no Kindle version) on Amazon.com. So I guess I'll never find out what happened next!
To be fair, the author goes to great pains to portray a period of time and a place in the world where religious misunderstandings and lack of trust could sour friendships but doesn't, but only thanks to great pains being taken by both parties to bridge the cultural divide, but she is fully aware that this is not the typical opinion and stance of your average Saudi.
I was left saddened by the prewarning that her friendship with Madawi falters at a later date, but look forward to reading the second instalment. The descriptions of expat community life were revealing and new to me.
If your interests lie in Saudi culture I would highly recommend this book to you. One drawback; the kindle version is full of typos. But I can live with that!
I read this book on my kindle so I was unsure of how many pages I had left to read! I could not believe it when the book just suddenly finished! I kept going through my kindle to ensure I have not missed out the last pages!
Also, the author clearly hadn't done her reseach as she referred to the PERSIAN Gulf as Arabian Gulf on a few occasions!
On a personal note I took a dislike to the author as I felt that she had sugar coated a lot of the issue in Saudi Arabia and felt that she had spent 10 years of her life trying to please a princess and perhaps even longing to be one of them! But that's just a personal view.
Most recent customer reviews
Highly recommended book, especially if 'one' is considering leaving this country, to work in Saudi Arabia.. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carole A Smith
A bit slow to get going. Will probably read the next book, just out of interest. Although not in any hurry,Published on 13 Jun. 2015 by Mrs. T Greenhill
Compared to Jean Sassons books this a very poor comparison , I think the author is trying to imitate Sassons Princess stories but this work is far from compelling , lacks depth and... Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2014 by Anicolconlav
Whilst interesting to hear experiences of Royal encounters this is a highly emotional account from a very US centric view of life in KSA. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by DJB
The ending was not what I expected but still it gave me a good insight to the way people lived in the 'Kingdom'. Read morePublished on 15 May 2013 by krazykaz
This book ends with a series of remarks which show the author had no respect for the country or culture they stayed in just long enough to try and write a 'book' to profit from... Read morePublished on 4 May 2013 by Sumayyah