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Princess Sultana's Daughters (The Princess Trilogy #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  5,567 ratings  ·  307 reviews
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Sasson's sequel to Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil is another page-turner related by "Princess Sultana." A member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, Sultana now is married to a progressive prince, but this privileged status does not protect her or her two daughters from the country's repressive laws against women. Though a devout Musl
Paperback, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Windsor-Brooke Books (first published 1994)
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Much as I thought the first book, Princess, was well-written and an important read, I was disappointed in this second book about a Saudi princess. While the behavior of both of Sultana's daughters is shocking, what I really got a taste of by the time I finished the book was how poor of a mother Sultana is. I understand that having grown up with wealth and ease, she probably doesn't know any different, but it was surprising to me to hear all of her daughter's problems blamed on the male-dominated ...more
Sara H.
It was... alright, I guess?
I suppose I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as someone else might have, me being an Arab and all.
I pretty much already knew all of the things related to the message this book was trying to send.
I hear about these kinds of things all the time, even if it's not particularly about the princess of Saudi Arabia.

I think what also put me off was the style of writing. But I can't really blame the author or anything because it's a true story. But it just seemed like a journal
Princess Sultana lost a bit of my sympathy towards her in this second book of hers. It's hard to feel for her when you read her bragging of her expensive, vault-protected jewels, her extravagant homes all over the world, her spoilt daughter feeding luxury foods to cats and dogs, her laughing about laughing when two men died at Hajj, and her macing of her own cousin - to name but a few!

It's obvious that the women in Saudi Arabia are treated as inferior to the men, but the fact remains that this i
Petra X
This book is a lot like a Chinese meal: thoroughly enjoyable at the time, you can't put your chopsticks down until its finished, but later you don't feel full and wonder at the insubstantiality of it all.

This book has been called a fake. Lots of books about women in Arab countries have that accusation leveled against them, far too many for it to be true all the time. This book doesn't read like a fake anyway. In a work of fiction, arguably, the enormous wealth would have been less taken for gran
This book really made me mad. It is deplorable how women are still treated in Saudi Arabia. The narrator is Sultana, a member of the royal family. She is appalled at the status of women in her country but there is little she can do about it. She tells of child-brides forced to marry men who are decades older; sexual abuse of wives (which is perfectly legal in that country; female circumcision (very cringe-worthy descriptions); countless double standards. This book is the second in a trilogy. It ...more
Yet again, this book too, was gripping. I found it profoundly allureing to what motherhood might feel like for me once I get there, here in America, verse's Saudi Arabia. I found it far more uplifting than "Princess", but then as far as I am concered children themselves are almost alway's uplifting. There were enrageing part's as well, like the fact that anyone can get away with merely a slap in the face for haveing gangraped anyone such as unconcious patient in the hospital or a "purchased" wom ...more
A member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, Sultana now is married to a progressive prince, but this privileged status does not protect her or her two daughters from the country's repressive laws against women. This book serves as a sequel to another book by the same author, "Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia". Unfortunately, I still haven't seen this book anywhere.

Though a devout Muslim, Sultana believes the entrenched male power structure has perverted religious
Mili Maria
gripping!!!! we women who r free...born that way...take our lives truly for granted. Thanks the lord for democracy and liberation. I especially like to thank my Amma and Appa for believing that is truly important to raise their children in a liberated and independant way!
Kristy Buzbee
Aug 11, 2008 Kristy Buzbee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Heather
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
The first chapter of this book actually starts when her father finds out about Princess and realizes that she must be the anonymous Saudi princess who wrote it (due to personal family events that are in it), and he calls a huge family meeting to throw the book at her face. Very intense. The majority of the book is about her three children - her son Abdullah, who she prays will grow to respect women and not treat them as objects, her rebellious daughter Maha, who suffers a mental breakdown due to ...more
A princess of the Saudi Arabian royal family, Sultana Al Saud finds the oppressive treatment of women in her country intolerable. Growing up as a rebellious teenager and well known for her fight against the injustices meted out against women, Sultana was fortunate enough to have married a man considered somewhat more progressive than most other Saudi men. In the second book of the series, we witness Sultana grappling with family issues as both her daughters follow a path that could lead to their ...more
My foremost reason for reading these books is that I enjoy learning more about the culture that surrounds me. This book piqued my interest and I found myself turning the pages continuously until there were none left. Yes there were times I found myself rolling my eyes at apparent exaggerations (which I do not like noticing in biographical pieces), but all in all it was a very enjoyable read. Parts of it were sad and painful, but Princess Sultana’s reactions to events mostly mirrored what mine wo ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Fiery added it
The ways in which woman are treated in certian parts of the world and by certain people are horrible and disturbing. Just as I said when I reveiwed PRINCESS, this story is enough to make you cry with its details of rape, exucution and marriage of young teenagers to old men. Through this book you come to learn about Princess Sultana's three children, and in perticular her two daughters. In this book you recoil in shock at the way in which these children are forced to react.

Again, another book eve
Apr 04, 2010 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes soap operas and dramas.
I loved the first book "Princess Sultana" that I jumped at the chance to read the sequel that focuses on her daughters. Though, she tries Sultana can't help but watch as her daughters try to find their way in their oppressed society that is Saudi Arabia. Even with all their wealth their family fights the same modern problems like drugs, homosexuality and teenage angst. Like it's predecessor this book is filled with scandal that would make all the European royal families seem tame and dead boring ...more
I found this book an interesting glimpse into the Arabic culture. It made me really appreciate the freedom that we have in the West. I applaud the authors bravery in bringing things into the open and also the courage of her menfolk in daring to believe that things can change, albeit slowly.
Debra Johnson
It was hard to read about all of the horrible things that the women had and continue to endure. It was hard to read, but I think important to learn about how women are treated in this culture. I really admire the Princess bravery to tell her story.
This is the second book in Sultana's three books where she depicts her life as a mother raising children in a very one sided and biased world. I enjoyed the first book more but it makes me very grateful for the freedoms that I have. On to the third book!
Inspired Kathy
Book 2 about Sultana was very interesting to read. I enjoyed this story and love Sultana's unquenchable spirit. The plight of women in Saudi Arabia is quite sad to read about and some of the stories are so disheartening but I enjoyed this book.
Kelly Clarke
Book 2 of the princess trilogy. I am fascinated with this woman.Very good book and will sure to instill a vast variety of emotions in the reader.
This series is: "Princess" "Princess Sultana's Daughters" and "Princess Sultana's Circle" in that order. All are excellent.
Very, very interesting. This is a true story that everyone should familiarize themselves with. One heck of a journey!
It is amazing to me what these women have to go through. She really makes you realize how blessed you really are.
Interesting, but very disturbing the life that women still live in "modern day" Saudi Arabia.
Sarah Copenhaver
Another book that will anger you, but allow you to be thankful to live in the country we do.
Barbara English
The 1st book was the best, but this one was good. I would recommend the trilogy!
Ahmed Almawali
على يميني بالأعلى في صفحة الكتاب بالجود ريدز يظهر أن طبعات الكتاب بلغت 26 طبعة في مختلف اللغات، إذن هو مؤشر على أن للكتاب إنتشار واسع وكبير
الكتاب كان إعارة من صديق، ولمّا ذكر لي اسم الكتاب تذكرت رواية الحرام لنفس الكاتبة جين ساسون، أدركت عند تصفح الكتاب أن الحرام جزء سابق لنفس الرواية على الرغم أنها أطلقت اسما آخر علىها
الرواية جاءت على لسان سلطانة- الأميرة السعودية الثائرة على السلطة الذكورية- لتستكمل قصتها مع أحداث ووقائع وأسلوب حياة الأسرة، احتلت بناتها جزءا واسعا هذه المرة
في رأيي، الرواية هز
Vina Crystelline
Gara2 baca ebook yang The Princess, jadi penasaran ama lanjutan kisahnya Putri Sultana. Cm karna ga nemu ebooknya, yaa.. akhirnya waktu ke Gramedia kmrn beli juga buku lanjutannya. Ceritanya masih seputar kehidupan Sultana, tapi kali ini agak lebih fokus ke anak-anaknya, dan wanita-wanita disekeliling Sultana.

Tentang Maha, putri tertua Sultana yang sifatnya sangat keras, dan iri hati terhadap saudara laki-lakinya, Abdullah. Sampai tega mau membakar Abdullah, untung Abdullah ga terluka, dan Maha
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لم تكن رواية الأميرة سلطانة عن المرحلة الثانية من حياتها أقل تشويقاً من الكتاب الأول "سمو الأميرة"، لم أزل أقرأ حتى انتهي منه ولم يفارق تفكيري في الفترات التي أبتعد فيها عن أسطر الرواية.
لم يعجبني أحياناً الشرح الذي يصف أحد الأحكام الإسلامية أو يعبر عن الحكمة منها، ولا أدري إن كان هذا شرح أدرجته الكاتبة لمن يقرأ من غير المسلمين أم أنه عن لسان الأميرة! ،، تحاول الأميرة أو الكاتبة أن توضح أن بعض الأفعال التي يتخذ الرجال الدين كحجة لهم لفعلها ليست من مبادئ الدين الإسلامي في شيء وإنما هو يستنكرها، ول
Yati Daud
Oct 25, 2007 Yati Daud rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
this book really gives an insight of the lives of the women in Saudi they are being deprived of freedom as compared to women elsewhere.. not only that how the rich and famous live in Saudi.

The way the men treat women there are just so appalling..
no respect but just sex objects to fulfill their desires...
rich man married 4 wives.. 3 of whome he divorced.. 1 he divorced 3 times and remarried her 3 times..he has 17 offspring from these 4 wives and 23 illegitimate children..
what a joke!
People in the West often adopt a liberal view that we should respect the fundamentalist culture of the Middle East because "that's how people over there like it". But the Arab Spring and Princess Sultana have taught us to know better. This book, much like the first, gives us a glimpse into the powerless lives of women from the most powerful Saudi family. Her stories feel so personal, and in reading the book I began to feel as if I knew her friends and family. The saddest part of reading about th ...more
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Jean Sasson was born in a small town in Alabama. An avid reader from an early age, she had read all the books in her school library by the time she was 15 years old. She also began her book collection at age 15. When given the chance to travel, Sasson accepted a position at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, and lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 12 years. She ...more
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