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In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed
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Dec 08, 2008

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bookshelves: memoirsbios, middle-east
Read in April, 2009

There are many annoying things about this book, but to get a glimpse of Saudi Arabia it is worth plowing through unnecessary words and heavy handed use of the thesaurus. Some of her righteous indignation was spot on, some seemed a bit to self-congratulatory. I also felt a bit put off by the what at least seemed to be indiscriminate use of the term "Bengali". It reminds me of how in NC "Mexicans" is a catch-all for Latino or Hispanic, and often in a derogatory way. It was an interesting perspective on an elusive culture that, all in all, I enjoyed learning about.

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Laura I'm curious how this is. It's on my to-read list. A co-worker really enjoyed it but said the writing style was sort of high-school girl-ish...

Kate The writing style was really annoying at first, just throwing in way too many thesaurus words, but I still find it fascinating just for the description of life in Saudi Arabia. I can't imagine not being allowed to drive.

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