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

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Following "Princess", dealing with womens lives behind the veil within the royal family of Saudi Arabia, this book now turns the spotlight on Princess Sultanas teenage daughters, Maha and Amani. Surrounded by great opulence and luxury from they day they were born, but stifled by the restrictive lifestyle imposed on them, they have reacted in desperate ways.; Their stories, ...more
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Published June 1st 1994 by Random House Audio (first published 1992)
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Aurora Shele Not exactly. One is fiction, this one is not. The writing style is also very different, I love Khaled Hosseini, he is an amazing story teller. Sultana…moreNot exactly. One is fiction, this one is not. The writing style is also very different, I love Khaled Hosseini, he is an amazing story teller. Sultana on the other hand has an amazing story to tell. You should start with the first one though, if you haven't already after 1 year when this question was asked. Both are beautiful, hard to read and interesting books.(less)
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Mahdi Lotfi
شاهزاده خانم 'شرح حال واقعی شاهزاده خانمهای عربستان است که ناگزیر در پشت پردههای بسته روزگار میگذرانند .جین ساسون (نگارنده) که خود دوازده سال در کنار شاهزاده خانمهای عربستان زندگی میکرده, در این کتاب خاطرات خود را درباره محدودیتهای شاهزاده خانمهای سعودی باز میگوید .وی در این کتاب نام واقعی شاهزاده خانم را ذکر نمیکند و تنها با نام مستعار سلطانه از شخصیت مورد نظر یاد نموده, اسرار پنهانی دربار سلطنتی عربستان سعودی را شرح میدهد . محدودیتها, ازدواج دختران سیزده ساله با پیرمردان, و سنگ سار زنان در عرب ...more
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
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
Sara H.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Abeer Alamri
Jan 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
سيده من الاسره الحاكمه تكلمت عن حياتها مع زوجها وابنائها، بشكل عام الكتاب مافيه هذيك الفائده المرجوه، مجرد امرأه ناقمه على قوانين المجتمع، اتفق معها في مسألة ان المجتمع عندنا فيه بعض القوانين اللي تساعد الرجل على ظلم المرأه لكن اختلف معها في طريقة ذكرها للدين وانه سبب للمشاكل مع انها اوردت في بعض الحالات من ان الدين براء من نظرة وفكر المجتمع، ماحبيت الكتاب توقعته بيكون هادف اكثر ، ماحبيت سلبيتها الشديده، السعوديه مثل مافيها سلبيات فيها ايجابيات وحلو نشوف الامور بوسطيه، ماحبيت تكون نظرة الغرب لنا ...more
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
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
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
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
چیز عجیب و ناشناختهای نبود مطالب کتاب. تصور من از زنان عربستان خیلی به این نزدیک بود -هرچند نمیدونم الان چهجوریه، چهقد عوض شده- و همین نگرانم میکنه. این رفتارهای شرمآور عادی بشه و دیگه حیرت نکنیم از شنیدنشون.
و فقط زنان عربستان مورد ظلم قرار نمیگیرن... تفکر زیرساختی همه جا -یا حداقل، خوشبینانهش بیشتر جاها!- راجع به زنان یکسان هست و فقط یکسری چیزای ظاهری عوض میشن.
فقط امیدوارم بتونیم به این ستمگریها پایان بدیم.
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!
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Malo lošija od prvog dela.
Kraj me je rasplakao, iako imam utisak da Sultana zapravo ne postoji (nije da bi mi to posebno smetalo ali ne volim da se govori da je istinita priča za ono što nije).
I ovaj deo je zanimljiv ali meni Sultana kao lik nije ništa posebno (čak mi je postala i pomalo irotantna). Za SVE šta sa desi loše u njenoj porodici (posebno njenim ćerkama) ona krivi muškarce i njihov superiorni stav prema ženama. Mislim da je ona kao majka mogla dosta toga da učini da pomogne svojoj dec
Kristy Buzbee
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This book overall truly has words of an ungrateful schizophrenic princess of Saudi Arabia. She is extravagantly wealthy, secured economically and individually, lives in a palace, has good husband and kids. What else does she wants?
Freedom? To get what else then she already has in her life?
She is always unfulfilled by one thing or another. Her greatest adversity was when her daughter embraced faith extremistly... Thats all?
With all the jewels and wealth and family love and not a single freedom f
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Nov 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate that she doesn't blame Islam for the way women are wrongfully treated - her faith remains strong. And I really liked her relationship with her sisters in this one. Sometimes her self-righteousness really bugs me though.
Interesting, but very disturbing the life that women still live in "modern day" Saudi Arabia.
Jul 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is amazing to me what these women have to go through. She really makes you realize how blessed you really are.
This series is: "Princess" "Princess Sultana's Daughters" and "Princess Sultana's Circle" in that order. All are excellent.
Kelly Shrady
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, very interesting. This is a true story that everyone should familiarize themselves with. One heck of a journey!
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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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