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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
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Apr 18, 2009

it was amazing

A glimpse at Saudi Arabian society through women's eyes. Told by an an unidentified female who, in each chapter, sends out mass emails to Saudis about the lives of four affluent young woman as they navigate to choose their own mate, profession and lives in a society that in essence holds them imprisoned, devalues them as human beings, and is suspicious of every woman, attributing to the whole female gender a treacherous character. Saudi society personifies the adage that absolute power corrups absolutely.

It is in fact incredible that these women, in such an ugly and hateful society, can even have any kind of life; the perseverance for dignity and love is a testament to Woman's resiliance in the face of insurmountable mysogony.

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