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In Princess, readers were shocked by Sultana's revelations about life in Saudi Arabia's royal family. Royal women live as virtual prisoners, surrounded by unimaginable wealth and luxury, privileged beyond belief, and yet subject to every whim of their husbands, fathers, and even their sons. Daughters of Arabia featured Sultana's teenage daughters, determined to rebel but i ...more
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Published December 31st 2011 by Transworld Digital
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Suha
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
***SPOILER ALERT***

My first Jean Sassoon book, and willingly, it will be the last.
A so-called true capturing of the life of Sultana a Saudi princess, Sultana tells the story of her disgust with the backwardness of Saudi men, their mistreatment of women, how women in Saudi Arabia are controlled by their male family members, and how sexual slavery in Saudi Arabia is not uncommon especially among the royal family. Although Princess Sultana herself had not been in such a position since her husband K
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Sarah
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-library
This is a tale of men with great wealth and power, whose morals have lowered to such an extent that they seek their pleasure at the expense of others. This is a tale of woman who, despite having the means to obtain almost anything they desire at any cost, cannot gain their ultimate desire: Freedom. This is a tale of oppression, in which women have no right to map out their own futures, but instead are married off as young girls to men twice their age and are treated with the utmost brutality. Th ...more
Ruwanthi
Dec 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forget how annoying it feels to read about a rich woman with privileges complaining about her problems and her helplessness, when she has no discipline over herself.or seem to exert any intelligent behaviour towards the oppressed with the resources she seems to boast about...the stories are disconnected, bland and imposed to convince that there are so many sufferring coz nobody is taking an action! But they do not actually stimulate any sympathy or empathy towards these women!
I'd have given atle
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Ghaliya
Jul 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's such a shame reading about a dysfunctional "nuclear" family with problems like all regular normally human all over the world families and then disgrace and stamp a whole nation to be like wise. That was related to the first few chapters.

Later on.. comical, fictional and unbelievably boring. I'd say the childish book.
Kara
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woohoo! I finally made time away from the kids to read a book and I loved it. What I enjoyed about this book is it was TRUE, based on the life of PRincess Sultana of Saudi Arabia. This book allowed me to learn about other cultures and how women are treated within. I was also able to learn about the royal family of Saudi Arabia and the crazy life of extreme wealth they live, yet with all the material wealth they possess, women still have little power.
Desert Royal was a real eye opener to me of h
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Muhammad Syed
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A splendid piece of true account. The author has put forward the ill moral characters of the Saudi Men before the whole world in a candid manner.

Being a Muslim and holding great reverence for the KSA being the birth place of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, I was disgusted to learn how the men behave and their attitude towards women. Islam & Prophet Muhammad teach us to be humble towards the females and never to exercise force against them.

However, the Saudi's do behave like sex lunatics. I have heard
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Faye Rahman
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: princess-trilogy
As I was finishing this book it saddened me that finally Princess Trilogy is ending. I read all three books in the trilogy and its a very fun read with many many amazing moments shared by Sultana with her readers. Her witty character and her high spirited heart have made the readings incredibly joyful!

Princess Sultana has open a lot of eyes and minds about the reality of women in the Middle East, although coming from a Princess's point of view, still oppressed and live under the ruling of the m
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Lynda Atkinson
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. I Could not put it down.
Poorva
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book my Jean Sasson. You can just keep reading...
Wsm
This is the third book in the Princess series,also published as Princess Sultana' s Circle.The stories continue to have shock value,but it doesn't have the novelty of Princess and Daughters of Arabia.As in the previous books,I wonder how much is fact and how much is fiction.
Ape
My 2009 bookcrossing review:

Well, I have now read the trilogy and I am glad I read her story right through. This is (obviously) a continuation from the first two books. Sultana's three children are now in their late teens, and certainly don't need their mother so much. This book is about a short period in her family's life: incidents and happenings. The international sex slavetrade also comes into this book more than I remember in the other two. And that is really grim. Rich men praying on pover
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Badriya  Bintuwaih
This book is all about the secret lives of the Saudi ladies who live behind the veil.
The first book of Jean Sasson "Princess" talked briefly about her. Now in this she is trying to change the rule of the female in her own country. So she tries hard with every woman in need to help.

Her life is meaningless because she don't have any goal till the day when the daughter of her brother Ali said that his daughter Munira is going to marry his best friend. The friend of Ali the one who is sexually abus
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Pasan Rajadasa
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when I was reading this a few years ago, I always felt that things are much exaggerated. So I sepent some time going through the background stories, and surprisingly, they are not that much exaggerated. The book mainly focuses on a higher class family, so the true situation of a woman in an Arabic country is left to imagination. The writer had done a poor job in planning the flow of the story, maybe because her main objective was not making a great literature work, but making it a socio cultural ...more
Mya Kyaw
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Betty Bryant
Looking for a book about life of in Saudi Arabia's royal family? Desert Royal by Jean Sasson is a book written from Princess Sultana's point of view about their royal family which is also a sequel to The Princess trilogy. Cruelty towards women in her society forced her to fight for women rights in Saudi Arabia. This book is about both her external conflicts with people in the society and internal conflicts inside herself.
Aanchal Jairath
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
when i finished reading this book , i realized how little changes take a lot of effort , effort on the part of princess Sultana and the support of her sisters. Of how there are different worlds within our world , of which we have no knowledge at all .
It was an unforgettable book , an unforgettable trilogy.
Lee Shin
There seems to be chunks of stories missing but that may be due to having to protect the Princess and her family (I always believed it is based on true story but of course there are many who doubt it). Overall it is still good, but I felt that it is not as full out open as the previous books. Story was told with reservations is what I felt.
الثريا ♚
النجمه التي منحتها للكتاب هي لنفسي لأنني أتممت هذا الكتاب، اختيار سيء ليوميات لا تستحق السرد.

من المفترض ان يجعل الكتاب من الأميره سلطانه بطله الا انني لم اجد ذلك!

الكتاب هو قرائتي الثانيه لجين ساسون و ارى الاسلوب ذاته في تمطيط الأحداث و الوصف لدرجه تنسيك الحدث الرئيسي
Maryam Jamal
I just can't finish it.. Too boring
Laurie
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look into the more hidden aspects of Saudi society.
Kavitha
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emancipation woman!!seems like a joke in this civilised modern qorld!!
Jane R
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though many criticize the princess for escaping from most of the harsh treatment of women in Saudi just because she's royalty, she did have the courage to share those stories with us, including her own. How do we young females who have much, much more freedom than the princess ever did, bring her down? She might have had things better than the local Saudi women, but we have it way better than her. I think we should applaud her for doing the most she can, while all we do is sit and read and comme ...more
Subhabrata Das
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely disappointing. People may think it gives an insight into the lives of the Arab royalty. But the narrator (or the author) seems confused. Too many incidents, without taking any of them to their logical conclusion, stereotyping completely mars the book. The protagonist narrator sees herself as saviour of distressed women, in spite of being blessed with a supportive husband, plunges herself into darkness without any apparent reason - at the same time supports stone age punishments - total ...more
Em
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It has been quite some time since I read the first two books of this trilogy. The life of Princess Sultana has been of interest to me the previous times. I was taken back with the revelations and the truth spoken without fear about women in Saudi Arabia. This book held quite the turmoils in it but as my mind developed greatly the past years, I had less of an interest in it as a book but greatly as a cause. There were many great moments in this book where Sultana stood up for women and even when ...more
Antara Banerjee
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continued the unbelievable life of the brave Saudi princess... it is incredible that so much wealth and power prove powerless in the face of medieval notions about women and how they should be treated... women seem to be right at the bottom of the list of animals and things for Saudi men. It is encouraging to see that courageous women like Princess Sultana and her sisters are trying to wring changes in their unbending society while constantly fearing persecution every moment by their own men. As ...more
Vaishnavi
Yes Sultana's journey may be intriguing but I guess it's a journey only she can be proud of. At the end we need to remember that it's her real story and not a novel. 'Cuz it would fall short in your eyes in more ways than one otherwise. All this has happened decades ago, but it's still worth a read. The excerpt of the book talks about a life-changing camping trip, but this doesn't happen till the end of the book, so i found myself impatient while reading, wondering when is that event going to oc ...more
Victoria
Sep 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
В книгата действително се съдържат ужасяващи истории за жените от Саудитска Арабия, но по-голямата част се върти около охолния живот на Султана, проблемите, които има една разглезена принцеса, създаваща си сама тревоги и депресии и според мен страшно безхарактерна, която освен да рони сълзи, друго не може да направи, за да помогне на жените в тази държава да имат права. Дори ми се струва много грубо м/у истинските проблеми на тези хора да разказва как е оставила 338 000$ за дрехи и бибута САМО з ...more
Laavanya
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laavanya by: Amrutha
The book has all the drama and emotion. A woman realizing her strengths and weaknesses. You could capture little bursts of beautiful description and metaphors; but the writing could have been better.

And then you realize all this is real. As real as it gets. And the perspectives come crashing down on you. And I'm reluctant to call it a good story/book because of this very fact.

To anyone who wants to read about a female who fights for her rights, this is a good book.
Mushda Ali
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sultana is the biggest dimbwit you will ever read about in a book.
This is like an Hindi serial packed into written format. The level of stupidity entailed throughout the pages of this "fiction" is crinnge-worthy entertaining - especially when the main protagonist has a 30 minute guilt trip after a $300,000+ shopping spree and tries to reason it with pangs of wanting to help the abused women of her country.

Brilliant as a Hindi serial.
Shannon Ellsworth
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this fascinating. Life from the perspective of a self indulgent yet still oppressed woman in Saudi Arabia. It's a perspective you don't often get and from it you can mentally extrapolate how bad life must be for the rest of the woman in this country. Saudi Arabian woman aren't a group you hear much from and while I would prefer a perspective from woman not part of the royal family I am excited that someone is finally writing something about this group.
J
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the third in the Princess trilogy and describes many of the sexual crimes that is rampant but not openly discussed by Saudis as well as other Arabs who reside in Saudi Arabia. The truth needs to be told and heard by the rest of the world. Many of the Arabs who live in Saudi Arabia whom I have come into contact with deny that such things go on in Saudi Arabia. They are just a bunch of hypocrites.
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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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