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Daughters of Arabia by Jean Sasson
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Nov 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: popculture-anthropology, travel-adventure, reviewed
Read in November, 2008

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 granted and phrases like, "one of my husband's Lear Jets" is unlikely to have appeared so casually. I did like the descriptions of the practice of Islam by this Saudi family and their friends. They weren't terribly strict in its practice and when one had stepped outside the fold to the point of endangering their lives, the family did rally round and help them. Love was more evident than the harsh fundamentalism of many books set in Saudia Arabia.

Its a real page-turner and a fast read, good for a plane ride of about three or four hours. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something light but not fiction and who enjoys memoirs, especially of women.
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