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on 12 May 1999
As the mother of Heidi Al-Omary, my six-year-old daughter who was kidnapped and is now being held hostage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I read the book with fascination as well as trepidation. It is the trepidation that every mother feels when her child is being abused by an unjust society, and she can do nothing about it. It is the trepidation that my little girl may some day grow up to be sold into a servile form of marriage, or suffer the pain and degradation of female genital mutilation. It is the trepidation of a mother who knows that her child lives in an unsafe environment, where the guns of war are never silent for long. I thank Jean for including my little girl's story in her book, and I pray every day that someone in Saudi Arabia will come forward and report my child's whereabouts to the American authorities so that she can be spared the fate of the typical Saudi woman. The topic of sexual slavery is finally being addressed in this book. It is well known among missing children's groups that certain countries violate pornography laws, as well as human rights treaties which they have signed. Saudi Arabian princes are the chief violators of treaties they have signed, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Maybe the book will create some outrage among its readers, for the behavior that Saudi males have long engaged in is outrageous and should not be tolerated in a civilized world. Jean's book has touched on almost every issue that concerns the parents of kidnapped children. Bravo to her!
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on 18 June 2017
Fascinating story of life in Saudi Arabia. Very difficult for women, however rich they are. A very courageous women is trying to improve the situation in Saudi Arabia for all women and girls
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on 27 April 2017
A great insight into a life that lots would envy but after reading this book it makes you realise how restricted as women they are ,
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on 4 December 2014
This book took me on a journey that is unlike anything I've experienced in my lifetime. Although it's a factual book it keeps you engrossed from the first page. Having read the previous two books I was keen to find out how life was
Changing. I really recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the lives of others, it won't disappoint.
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on 16 July 2000
it is one of the good books i have managed to read this year. I really enjoyed it and could't put it down. I have decided to do an essay on this book which will be on the presentation of women in the society and comparing it to either wild Swans" or "do they hear you when you cry" for an A-Level english coursework . This book has really influenced me and reached out to my heart. i recommend everyone to read it. if u don't u'll be missing out.
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on 14 January 2013
I really loved reading Princess and his book. I found Jean Sasson and excellent writer and I found myself actually looking and being with the people in this book.I am looking forward to reading more about the lives of these women whose lives are dictated by men. We westerners are so very lucky in many ways from these women even if we have not the riches or luxury that they enjoy..
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on 21 June 1999
I come to this review from a different direction. As a victim advocate for over 10 years, most recently in the area of the missing children issue, I am aware of some of the tragedies that are taking place in Saudi Arabia. I represent several "Saudimom's", a term coined by mothers who have had their children abducted by non-custodial Saudi fathers. Daily, I witness their frustrated yet valiant efforts to gain access to their children. Their strength and determination is awesome to observe. "Desert Royal" is a call to action to all women to join "Sultana's Circle", to join the "Saudimom's", and to bring the plight of Saudi women and children to the world's attention. This book lays bare the priorities of the Saudi men and their government. It uncovers in detail the relative value of women, in one case even less than song birds rescued from their captivity by Sultana's daughter. It exposes the opulent life style of the Royals. It reveals their supposed devotion to their faith yet recounts the daily betrayal of the Koran and their efforts to redeem their souls through monetary recompense. The book was technically well written, full of detailed, sometimes graphic descriptions and well worth the read. Good Job Jean Sasson!!
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on 16 July 1999
Absolutely Fantastic! I spent some years living and working in Saudi Arabia and this book brought forth emotions and memories that touched me very deeply. The author shows an incredible insight into Life in this part of the world.
I could not put the book down until I had read it from COVER to COVER.
Well Done Jean - keep up the fight against injustice!
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on 20 September 1999
This book reveals the dark side of a culture that doesn't treat its women with the respect that they deserve. It's time for our sisters to stand up and claim their rights!!!
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on 18 February 2005
Having lived and worked in Saudi Arabia as a married british woman I have always found this authors books to dig beneath the surface of the Saudi Arabia that most people see on the television or read of in the news.A womans life in this country,even as a westerner is very ,very different to that lived in Europe or America.Some people may think that the author exaggerates for the sake of the story,this is not so.Any woman who has ever lived there for any lengh of time will know of many incidents of abuse,humiliation ,degradation of women by some saudi men.Books like this must be read and belived if anything is to change in this very closed country.
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