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The Princess Sultana's Circle (The Princess Trilogy #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  3,767 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Di bagian akhir dari trilogi Princess ini, kisah mengenai Sultana, sang putri dari kerajaan Saudi Arabia ini diperluas ke lingkungan keluarga besarnya. Kisahnya lebih mengejutkan...

“Saya telah membaca semua trilogi Princess dan kisah yang terakhir inilah favorit saya.” —Jedidiah Palosaari,

Komentar lain tentang Trilogi Princess “Princess adalah sebuah kisah nyata
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2008 by Ufuk Publishing House (first published January 1st 1999)
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Amna Akrm
It was an overdose, I am from Saudi Arabia and I can tell you that women in my hometown are not treated as badly as the book suggests. In fact I was surprised at the kinds of things mentioned in the book, I have never heard of a single Saudi girl I knew who was forced into marrying a old ugly man, and this book is full of such stories and much more. Majority of the people treat their women as equals and love and respect them, they might not be able to drive but they have drivers to their service ...more
Princess Sultana's Circle is the third book in Jean Sasson's Princess trilogy. I really loved the first book. The second was good. But by the time I got to the third book I was starting to feel a little jaded.

Let me just say that I believe that a lot of events described in this book are things that do occur in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. I believe that women are considered and treated as even lower than second class citizens there and that they suffer greatly because of it.
I thought the first book was really interesting, but by the 3rd book it was getting annoying. It's hard to take someone seriously that goes out and blows $500K on a shopping spree in New York. If she was really serious about doing something of value for women she would invest in things that would really make a difference for women like education, business opportunities, etc. I guess I found it harder to be sympathetic to her "family". I don't doubt that life is hard for her, but I can't help thi ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Hillary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a heart
There is an entire series of these Princess books, all of which I have read with an open heart. I wish I could say that I have searched for ways to make a difference, but, I have cherished my many freedoms with a clearer head and more open heart.
♥ Marlene♥
Read books 1 and 2 years ago and they were enjoyable easy reads so enduring another reading slump, the second in 1 month I was glad to start reading this. At least back to reading again.

Eta: update March 11. Yes back to reading but not so good in writing my thoughts after reading my books. Oh well.

This was just an easy read. Not as interesting as book 1. I did bookmark a lot of things about their religion that angered me but I can't be bothered to look at them again.Finished this book nearly a w
Nicki Hill
ugh. i really hated this. i read the first of the series some months ago, and although not written well, i felt like it was an important story to tell. i was disappointed to be reading this third installment about utter misogyny. the sultana is a woman who's place in society is that of a victim, victim to her circumstance of dirty money and idle time. i do not doubt that she is limited to help women, a cause, she vehemently says she believes in. however, i do believe with a little self control a ...more
Very powerful. Anyone curious about the lives of middle eastern women should read this book. It is a little graphic but very good. Great ending to this series!
Raghad Khamees
هذه المرة الثالثة التي أقرأ فيها لجين ساسون، لذلك لم أستغرب تطرقها لموضوع المرأة المضطهدة، فساسون و رواياتها مكرسة لإظهار الاضطهاد والدونية والظلم الذي تتعرض لها المرأة في شتى أنحاء العالم ، ولم أستغرب من القصة الحقيقية التي روتها على لسان أميرة سعودية ولم أدهش أو اصعق من الفساد الذي يجري داخل القصور السعودية لأنني قد قرأت رواية لعبده خال الا وهي "ترمي بشرر". القصور الباهرة العملاقة الفاسدة التي تخطف الابصار هي نفسها العفنة القذرة بكل سكانها وروادها، القصور الطافحة بالمتدحرجين أخلاقيا ودينيا
Danielle Stoll
Dec 19, 2011 Danielle Stoll rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Danielle by: Laurie Stoll
The review I have of this book has been a hard one for me to decide. Sasson has always been in the spotlight of controversy because it is argued whether these stories and characters are fictional. I first read the trilogy in my early teens when my mother passed it on to me and from then I always chose to believe the word of the author as she claimed she retold the stories as they were told to her. Sadly, after re-reading the three books in my early 20’s I am not sure I hold the same opinion, mos ...more
Kristy Buzbee
This was the last book in the Princess trilogy, written by a real-life Saudi Arabian princess. In it, Sultana's children are grown up, and she is left reflecting on her life - and feeling like she hasn't done enough. She struggles with alcoholism, which to be honest, I would have turned to at a much earlier point if I were living her life. Anyway, this is actually more of a story about her than a story about the things that happen to her, and it is her journey to discover that, while no one can ...more
Another book about the princess was slightly an overdose. Indeed very well written by the author. Although the princess's constant helplessness that she failed to help the women in need and her drinking habit because of that was slightly disturbing. I really liked the part where Kareem(Princess's husband)says 'You were born an Arab princess,Sultana.Why fight your fate?'. While that being very discouraging, its the truth. And the princess never realized that because of which she some unreasonable ...more
This was another one of my purchases from Half Price Books Warehouse Sale when I was in pursuit of books to teach me about other cultures.

There were several times I wanted to quit reading. I had no sympathy or empathy for Sultana, her relatives, or her friends. I do not live in their world and I don't really understand their world. The lives described by the author were so empty and meaningless that I wondered why I kept reading.

In many ways, the world described reminded me of The Wolf of Wall S
My feelings are mixed about these books. Primarily I think westerners benefit from a better understanding of what life for women in the Middle East. For those of is raised with comparative freedom
It is unimaginable to even live as Sultana does, pampered and wealthy, yet with few real rights. It is appalling the ease with which very young girls are used sexually, how women are forced to marry, denied any real choice with regard to their lives, education or futures.

But the writing was weak, the a
I read the entire Princess Trilogy, but I spaced out the books over a few years. This worked well because I noticed that a few of the stories were acknowledged again in the sequels.

All 3 books are quick reads which detail the life of a Saudi Princess, Sultana, as she struggles with the repression of women in Saudi Arabia. The tails she recounts are heart-wrenching and the reader learns just why it is difficult for Sultana to help these women (or herself). The books tend to bounce between being
Buku terakhir dari trilogi The Princess. Buku ini justru lebih tepat di sebut sebagai awal dari tindakan nyata Sultana terhadap keadaan perempuan di negaranya setelah maju mundur di buku pertama dan kedua yang lebih banyak mengungkap emosi yang terkadang berlebihan untuk seorang muslimah.
Sayangnya, entah karena pemahaman sultana yang berbeda dengan umat muslim lainnya atau translate yang agak melenceng, sehingga ada bagian yang seolah menyatakan dalam islam orang yang membatalkan puasa ramadhan
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Laura-Jane Barber
The conclusion of the trilogy includes more outrageously horrifying moments but also unexpected hope. Princess Sultana's risky move to share her story at least brings awareness to the true situation for Saudi Arabian women. Before reading this trilogy, I was living in ignorant bliss. Though I had read the fictional account of life in Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns, it makes the reality more appalling when you know it's a true account--as is the case with the Princess Trilogy.

On our nation
The conclusion of the 'Princess' trilogy. Reading the books in sequence allows the reader to follow the progression of the life of Sultana, Princess of the House of Saud, of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, I cannot, at this time, get my hands on the second book, 'Princess Sultana's Daughters.' In this book, as with previous ones, there are torturous and despicable depictions of culturally-approved and sanctioned use and abuse of women as property by men in Arabia, and the battle and struggle of Sul ...more
It was nice to finally see these women stand up to their husbands and sons. The truthfulness of these books is a little clouded due to the author needing her identity protected. So I still wonder about some of the outrageous things written, including whether these women really had the guts to do what they needed to do for generations. Again, I'm left speechless that there are places currently that allow for women to be treated as they are in these books. How did I get so incredibly lucky?
What an amazing woman, this Sultana. In her world of mega riches, she has dedicated her life to helping women in her country,(Saudi Arabia)to become free of terrible abuses at the hands of men, including their own fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, etc. In this final book of the trilogy, she also receives the help of her sisters in saving a young Palestinian girl from a life of certain terror. The sisters all vow to continue their assistance and call themselves, Sultana's Circle.
Sondos ibrahims
في الحقيفة الكتاب مستفز لابعد الحدود، بخلي كل انسان عنده ذرة انسانية يشمئز من العمل المشين الموجود في "بلاد الله" المملكة العربية السعودية، وانا صغيرة كنت افكرها ارض طاهرة وعايش عليها ناس مؤمنة بتخاف الله ،بعد قراتي لسلسلة الاميرة سلطانة وتعمقي ببعض الاخبار والابحاث اكتشفت انه البلاد غاد اتدنست بالاعمال المجحفة والمروعة اللي عم ترتكب باسم الله ونبيه الشريف، الكتاب بخليك تفوت بحالة صدمة وسخط وقرف تجاه الرجال السعودين وخاصة الاسر الحاكمة...كيف انه بعملوا حالهن شرفاء خارجيا وهني غايصين بملذات الحيا ...more
In the third book, the Princess trilogy begins with even more heartache. A young niece of Sultana's, is forced to marry a man beyond her years. Chosen by her father Ali. Sultanas brother. Who she deeply hates. The man who the niece is forced to marry. Sultana knows by first hand how much of a bastard of a man he is. Sultana also has drinking demons. But fights hard to stop drinking. In this book. Non muslims will learn the importance of the month of Ramadan and it's significance on the Muslim re ...more
Leslie Bice
I was already frustrated with the arrogance and conceit of Princess Sultana from the second book, but I was hopeful the 3rd book would be more enlightening and demonstrate some positive changes in Sultana's progress as a champion for women's rights. Instead this book just highlighted how f'ing clueless and IMMATURE Sultana is.

She claims to be a champion for women's rights but all she does is complain, wring her hands, and say, "but what can I do, I'm just a woman in Saudi Arabia." How about tak
I didn't read the first two books. This book was ok, I guess. Interesting to see what a royal family is like. It was not very believable that Sultana is doing much for the abused women there. You would think that with her money and status she could do more.
This is the third installment of the Princess series that I have read and I have enjoyed all of them. I feel like most Americans only know the oppression of Saudi women in regards to forced veiling and the inability to legally drive. Those are only signs of deeper rooted problems. In the latest installment of the series, a decent portion of the book is dedicated to the problem of human trafficking. I don't know if Saudi Arabia will change in my lifetime, but it is incredibly uplifting to know ...more
Second book in the "Princess" series. Again, well worth reading. But disturbing as well. A book you won't long forget.
Samya abdelhadi

أعلم ان الحكم على مجتمع كامل هو نفي للأخلاق !!
وأبداانا لا استعمل صيغة الجمع عند الحكم على مجتمع او مجموعه اشخاص
احاول قدر المستطاع ان اكون دقيقة في اختياراتي

لكن هنا وللأسف
اكاد أن اخطى وأجمع لهيبي واحرق كل من فيهم

حلقة الاميرة سلطانه تعود الينا بواقه لعين ومقزز يعيشونه بكل ترف وبذخ ودنائه اعمال تبرر بكل وقاحة !

جنه عدن
بذخ وكبرياء

جمل اعجبتني
( ملاحظة .. الروايه تجسد الواقع بكلمات سلسة وليس هنالك مجال لابراز الفن اللغوي والتعابير)

عسى يغدو كل جمل في قطيعك كسيحا يا علي

حينما بدأ موكب الطعا
July Simmons
Such a intense story based on a true story. It always worries me how women around the world suffer so much.
Angela Johnson
Fascinating. I want to continue reading about Sultana and her family, I wish there were another book.
Yasmeen Al-Shehab
LOVED THIS ONE Especially to see how Sultana evolved. Really, I couldnt put these books down...
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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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