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Behind the Veil: An Australian Nurse in Saudi Arabia

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Lydia Laube, an outspoken Australian nurse, goes to work in Saudi Arabia, a society that does not allow women to drive, vote, or speak to a man alone. Wearing head to toe coverings in stifling heat, and fighting administrative apathy, Lydia kept her sanity and got her passport back. Her battle against the odds is surprisingly hilarious and will entertain readers for hours.
Paperback, 210 pages
Published June 28th 1998 by Wakefield Press (first published 1991)
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Apr 21, 2014 Meredith rated it it was ok
an interesting read but poorly organized.
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A terrific book about an experience lots of people have but few seem to write about. Such an ordinary tone you really feel like you're there.
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Die Australierin Lydia Laube berichtet von ihrem Jahr in Saudi-Arabien. Ich war auf die Lektüre sehr gespannt, da ich mir einen Einblick in eine fremde Kultur erhoffte. Die Autorin überzeugte mich in dieser Hinsicht absolut, denn ihre Schilderungen von Saudi-Arabien sind wirklich interessant. Der Schreibstil entspricht einem lockeren, oft ironischen Erzählstil, wie man ihn in einem Tagebuch wiederfinden kann. Lydia Laube erzählt völlig umgangssprachlich von ihrem Jahr in Saudi-Arabien, für das ...more
Very light look at working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia (in the late 80s? If she specified, I missed it). Laube has published a handful of travel books, but this is the only one I've been able to get my hands on.

Most of what Laube covers here are comical errors to do with living in another country, one very different from her own -- not so much her errors, but things she never would have expected. I do wish she'd spent more time talking about her work as a nurse and the sorts of cases she dealt wi
Aug 24, 2007 Sephie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone going to Saudi
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Having recently read Eight Months on Ghazza Street which was a nightmareish novel about life in Saudi, this was a real tale, humorously told, but still had an uncomfortable undertow. Lydia provides a very useful glossary and background to Saudi at the back of the book, which helps to give the reader a greater understanding of the country and traditions.
I'm surprised that this book has had 2 disappointing reviews on Amazon but it seems the reviewers were more concerned about the portrayal of Saud
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Jan 03, 2016 Tara TNB rated it really liked it
Found this memoir hard to put down - very readable stuff. An Australian nurse with a sense of adventure goes to work in Saudi Arabia in the pre-internet age - she thinks she's done her research, but she's shocked by the life that awaits her. Lydia Laube suffers through some terrible conditions and situations, but there are many funny moments here, too. Looking forward to reading more of Laube's travel writing.
Apr 10, 2013 Leanne rated it liked it
Well, if you're considering working in Saudi Arabia for the money, this book should help make up your mind not to do it. It sounds absolutely dreadful. It's the personal recount on an Aussie nurse. Not a great read, but interesting & it was my first ebook downloaded & borrowed from the library.
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Aug 09, 2011 Pavan Rao rated it really liked it
Insightful read into the way of life in Saudi Arabia especially in a hospital..with good humour the western woman's perspective is easy to read and entertaining

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Not bad. An Australian nurse's story about work in S. Arabia.
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Lydia Laube never says no to adventure, whether that means galloping a horse across the Mongolian plains or hopping on a cargo ship to Madagascar. Born into the farming community of Caltowie in the mid-north of South Australia, Lydia trained as a nurse in Adelaide, then set off to see the world. Her debut book, 'Behind the Veil: An Australian nurse in Saudi Arabia', was an instant bestseller, and ...more
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