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Abu Dhabi Days, Dubai Nights
by Jillian Schedneck (Goodreads Author)
When Jillian Schedneck takes up a position teaching English to a classroom of UAE students in Abu Dhabi, her culture shock is quickly replaced with the rush of a new life shuttling between the conservative society of the Emirates, and the party lifestyle of glittering Dubai just over the border. As she grows into herself among these shifting worlds, her sheltered students ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Macmillan Australia
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This was an ok book. I've been reading a lot of books about life as a middle east expat...memoirs and fiction. This was a good read, but not the best I've read. Her story was interesting, but the heavy focus on her dating life detracted from the really interesting parts of the story.
There seems to be a spate of new writing set in or around the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It may be that the success of novels like Linda Davies’ Djinn Quintet books, Garry Craig Powells’ Stoning the Devil, and Ameera Al Hakawati’s Desperate in Dubai, are indicative of a growing desire for not only understanding about the UAE, but for a sense of what it's really like to live there. Jillian Schedneck’s Abu Dhabi Days, Dubai Nights is a travelogue/memoir that explores Abu Dhabi and Dubai separatel ...more
I enjoyed this book for its insight into the lives of men and women in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the expectations that they place on themselves in work, love and life. I enjoyed Jillian's journey of adapting and growing. The only disappointment for me was that I felt it focused too much on her relationships, particularly towards the end of the novel, when I was hoping for some insight to how the change in culture affected Jillian or her thinking. She has a lovely writing style and it is an enjoyab ...more
I was interested in finding out what life is like for a woman in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and it would seem that the answer is precarious. The impression I got from this book, even though the author saw a number of positive in living there, is that it sounds like a place that would be better to visit than to live in.
This is the autobiographical memoir of the author’s two years spent living & teaching in the UAE in both Abu Dhabi & Dubai. The contrasts she draws between the two competing cities are interesting, as are her interactions with the wide diversity of students she teaches. There is too much emphasis on her own personal relationships but overall a fairly good read.
An interesting insight into life in the UAE, but what let the story down was the author’s constant whining about her love life. This could have been so much better had the author not come across so immature and self-centred.
Jillian Schedneck was born in New Jersey. After graduating from Boston College in 2002, she moved to London to work as an editorial assistant. She received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from West Virginia University in 2006, and then moved to the United Arab Emirates to teach English literature and creative writing. She lived in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for two years, where she worked at Ab ...moreMore about Jillian Schedneck...