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Princess, More Tears to Cry

(The Princess Trilogy #4)

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Bestselling author Jean Sasson has been revealing the stories of Middle Eastern life for more than twenty years. Told through the eyes of Princess Sultana, the Princess series has brought readers from around the world behind the veil of Saudi Arabian life and exposed the terrible gender restrictions and discrimination women continue to face today.

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Paperback, US Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 28th 2014 by Liza Dawson Associates
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TJL Could be considered Current Events or Biography- the first two or three books could also tentatively fall under 'History' as well.

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Jonathan Terrington
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jonathan by: Jeanille Laput
Shelves: non-fiction

I read this non-fiction book, one which I would not typically pick up and read, because it was recommended to me by my girlfriend, a woman who has lived in Saudi as an outsider and seen the way in which women are treated there. Thus, this was a book which spoke to her and so at her request I decided that I would read and discover what I could learn about the Saudi culture and women's rights.

This is a non-fiction work, from the perspective of a female member of the royalty - Princess Sultana - an
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Jessica
A few disclaimers:
I haven't read the previous titles in this "series" by Jean Sasson
I received a free preview copy of this title from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

I liked this book. I think the information it contains about the current state of women in Saudia Arabia, the history of efforts in Saudia Arabia to increase women's independence, the limitations of what can be accomplished politically, and the cultural atmosphere of the country is important.

I enjoye
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Penny
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Princess, More Tears to Cry" is the fourth and newest book in the "Princess" series by the New York Times best-selling author and Middle East expert, Jean Sasson.

This is the true story of the world-famous Saudi Princess, Sultana.

As a longtime reader and student of the author's works I was so excited to get "Princess, More Tears to Cry" as soon as it came out. I feverishly read it because everything Jean Sasson writes is always so fascinating and educational and I was really looking forward to t
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Michelle Kidwell
Once again I find myself drawn to Princess Sultana Al'Sauds story just as I was in Princess: A Life Behind the Veil In Saudi Arabia.   We learn that  even in 2014 every Saudi female is born into a rigidly male society where a male  will be her guardian. No woman in Saudi can escape their guardians mantle.

This is a powerful book dealing with oppression but this book and its author are not without hope because it shows us that there are woman that are trying to make a difference that are fighting
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Mandy
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following on from her three previous books about the life of Princess Sultana of the Saudi royal family, Jean Sasson revisits the woman who has opened her heart and life to her to expose what life is like for Saudi women today. The Princess, although leading a privileged existence in this incredibly rich country, is still bound by the laws and traditions that prevail there. However, she is keenly aware of the inequities that are enshrined by law in a deeply conservative country where men rule ov ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, I haven't read the previous books in this series, about the Princess Sultana's life, but I never once felt lost as I read this, the fourth installment. It's artfully done in a manner in which you get bits from the previous books and yet not so much that you feel you missed something crucial. You can easily step into the Princess Sultana's life...and her life, the people she meets and helps, her family--we can learn a lot from what she sees and who she interacts with.
What I learned
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Veena
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jean Sasson caught my eye one time when I was stuck at an airport for two hours and nothing much to do. So I decided to check out a nearby book shop and spend my time. the cover of her latest book on princess Sultana had just released and I was delighted that the book shop owner did not mid me sitting there and reading. Once I started reading the book I could not put it back and ended up buying it. and hence it began. I have read all the other books of the author of this princess who is striving ...more
Si'maza
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: " ...for anyone interested in human rights..." - USA Today
Shelves: favorites
Another addition to the trilogy (now a Quartet), I was really excited for this one since its been more than a decade since PRINCESS SULTANA'S CIRCLE. This one, out of all three, was much more insightful, you got to see a lot more of the princess's life, her family, close friends. You see a much more wiser sultana and a just-as-wise grand daughter. There is a lot of character development (they are of course real people, so instead of developing they mature ) and a lot of new characters to go with ...more
Zell
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Although I have heard and read about the struggles of women in the Middle East, this is the 1st book that I picked up which tells the experiences of other women as told by the princess. I live in a majority Muslim country but what happens in the book does not even come close to what my society has been practicing. Therefore, I feel grateful to be able to have been born and raised here. By reading this book, I learn to sympathize more with the struggles that the women over there are facing.
Stephen
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting book looking at through several case story described by princess sultana al'saud which details how females in Saudi Arabia are classed as second rate citizens through abuse lack of resources in education and a male dominated society
Dina
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
And my heart is broke, once again Princess Sultana has reminded me of the blessings in life and the horrible truths of the horrors that are still happening to women worldwide.

"Ana Amal"
Niveditha R
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was recommended to me by my aunt, who also gave me her copy to read. There have been a few controversies surrounding this series- accusations of plagiarism and the actual existence of Princess Sultana. I do not know how much of this is to be taken at face value. Anyway, the book talks about troubles faced by women in Saudi Arabia and the efforts of Princess Sultana to help women in need. We also get small snippets of the princess’ family as well. Although the content is interesting, th ...more
Julia Ostrycharz
Feb 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I did not actually read the book, I managed to read about 1/3 of it and I don't think I ever finish it, it is that bad.
The writing is soooo poor...and I got through 3 parts of '50shades of Grey', so I know bad writting when I see one. It looks like this book was written by a 10year old with no imagination and very limited vocabulary. This alone makes it very hard to read over 400 pages. The author repeats herself constantly, she writes about the same qualities, of the same people, over and over
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MOZA
Nov 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've ever read :)
I've wasted a whole bunch of money on a complete failure.

Being a feminist from the Middle-East,
I was hoping for something more!

It saddens me that this book seemed to be published as a real story, but it's just a novel, marketed smartly as a true royal family story. What's true about it is only the crimes published in newspapers.

It was dressed into a political, feminist, royal dress to make it seem realistic enough for western readers.

However, it was bo
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Ally Gerald
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Princess: More tears to cry by Jean Sasson.
Out of all the books I've read, from fantasy to romance, these amazing real life stories about Sultana and the life she lived is truly the best books I have ever read. I am learning a lot about what women go through in other countries, specifically Saudi Arabia. A lot of what I have learnt is absolutely horrific. It's so sad, I find myself crying at times for all these women mentioned in the book. No human being should ever have to go through such abus
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Candace
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Jean Sasson and Princess Sultana have made me feel anger, sick to my stomach and happiness. It's hard to talk about how amazingly, shocking this book is without giving away too much info. I really hope Jean Sasson continues these insightful novels about Princess Sultana and the mistreatment of women in Saudi Arabia. Every woman should read this series, no matter where in the world she lives.
Shilpa
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Neatly placed emotions and real life incidents. As one progress, while reading, you would realise the pain and agony of each women. Gradually feeling to be part of the book. That's the beauty of Jean's book and Princess herself.

Quiet captivating and hence a must read :-)
Natasha
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
although some of the stories are shocking but then I feel the book is verbose and hence looses its grip
Tanveen Bhasin
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Continuing its legacy, the book brings in the present day scenario of the middle eastern society. But more than a story which the last book was, its more of informative facts built in a story, which is commendable. It is worth a read!!
Book Worm
Jun 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
If you have one book by this woman who specialises in plagiarism you've read them all...this book goes on a self gratifying and glorifying mission on how perfect this saudi woman is and how her thoughts just go out to the poor women while getting her feet massaged by slaves and drinking martinis....what a headache this trash book is
Fiona
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the fourth in a series of books about the 'Princess Sultana' - a Saudi Princess who is unnamed in the books for her own safety, who has been telling her personal story to author Jean Sasson for decades.

Many reviewers query whether the book is fact or fiction, as it would seem impossible to keep a Princess unnamed in the internet era. However, it is explained in earlier books that the Princess is one of thousands of Saudi Arabian princesses. It is also noted that her 'cover' was bro
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Eustacia Tan
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I should make it clear from the start that I haven't read the previous books in this series (I found it out it was a series when I started reading). So, I'm pretty much reacting to the book as a first time reader.

Princess: More Tears to Cry is a look into the life of women in Saudi Arabia. It doesn't just focus on the sultana (or 'Princess' of this novel), but expands to include the various women that she's met/helped over the years and their stories. There was much less family drama than I expe
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Nathan Glenn
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I would probably have given this book a higher rating if I had not read the other books, simply because there is a lot of interesting information that I already received in the previous volumes. I had several issues with this one.
There is not a real unifying narrative here. It seems to have been written more as a series of blog posts, which I think would have been a better medium. Sometimes it becomes repetitive, and I skipped entire paragraphs or pages to be spared another reflection on women's
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Rohit Ainapur
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
So, I have Just Completed reading the Fourth and the latest edition of Princess series.As a long time reader, I was excited at first to get this new edition to add to my collection of all Jean sasson's Novels.
After reading this, i can honestly say, that this is by far the best book written by Jean Sasson ever.
This non-fictional book gives an insight into real stories about Saudi Women/Children and their experiences through a real Princess; (Princess Sultana al saud). As by now, i had gained a
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Ruth
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't know if I was going to finish this one. I almost gave it 1 star - it was a waste of my time, having read the three previous books, because it just repeated a lot of what was in them. If I hadn't read the other books, I might have liked it a little more, so that's why I gave it 2 stars. That's all it gets though. I can overlook bad writing sometimes, if the content/story is interesting enough, but by book four I just couldn't take it anymore. The dialogue! Ugh! And Sultana is SO melodram ...more
Tiana
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
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Maryana
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was 2015 when I bought the book. When I moved to Middle East two years before and tied the knot with my husband, I was curious about the life of the Muslim women, their upbringing. So I found out about these series of books about sultana.
It took me two weeks to finish the previous ones which was translated to one of my native languages - Russian.
Finishing this book, I felt nothing but a sorrow about how our world came down. Cruel crimes which are not being properly punished because of one-s
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Elisabeth Cole
Oct 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
What is the deal with this Princess Sultana? I picture her standing above all us common mortals, gazing down benevolently and gracing us with her smile. I can see her massive, muscular arms that were caused from continually patting herself on the back as well as the backs of her family members. What must it be like to be someone so rich and powerful but so merciful that you're compelled to dole out trinkets to the peasants? Would your ego inflate to such a size that you could barely fit through ...more
Amna Akrm
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
This fourth book ain't no different than the first three, except this time the author is running out of content since every story has been stretched already, it just gets more pathetic.

Princess Sultana who has really pathetic children, they fight and disagree with each other. Throw in few sad stories, nothing new... sad, hopeless women with husbands who beat them. Damn, author should've tried to be more creative. But I don't blame her, it's the fourth book and she running out of stories.

What r
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JUST SOMEONE
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
The author has written the book on behalf of princess Sultana of Saudi Arabia. The book is an account of the stature and posture of women of the kingdom, how they lack some of the most basic rights and how they suffer at the hand of it. This book introduced me to the inhuman and really torturous practice of genital mutilation. The princess tries to focus on how some of the tribes of Saudi are reluctant to evolve and leave behind such cruel rituals. The princess has tried to describe the various ...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

Other books in the series

The Princess Trilogy (4 books)
  • Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
  • Princess Sultana's Daughters
  • Princess Sultana's Circle (Princess Trilogy)
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