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Princess Sultana's Daughters ❮PDF❯ ❤ Princess Sultana's Daughters Author Jean Sasson – Readers of PRINCESS were gripped by Jean Sasson's powerful indictment of women's lives behind the veil Now in the compelling seuel Jean Sasson and Princess Sultana turn the spotlight on Sultana's two Readers of PRINCESS were gripped by Jean Sasson's powerful indictment of women's lives behind the veil Now in the compelling seuel Jean Sasson and Princess Sultana turn the spotlight on Sultana's two teenage Princess Sultana's ePUB ½ daughters Maha and Amani As second generation members of the royal family who have benefited from Saudi oil wealth Maha and Amani are surrounded by untold opulence and luxury from the day they were born And yet they are stifled by the unbearably restrictive lifestyle imposed on them driving them to desperate measures Throughout Sultana and Sasson never tire of their uest to expose the injustices which society levels against women Princess Sultana once strikes a chord among all women who are lucky enough to have the freedom to speak out for themselves.

10 thoughts on “Princess Sultana's Daughters

  1. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    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 allThis 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 evident than the harsh fundamentalism of many books set in Saudia ArabiaIts 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

  2. Christina Christina says:

    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 society or her mother in law in the case of their older daughter or their in born personality traits and their Saudi culture their younger daughter So many of the problems described seem like they are simply the result of children growing up spoiled and without any limits and similar problems would happen in other cultures if children are allowed such latitude as they are in this home For example Sultana's younger daughter becomes extremely religious and starts a group of like minded young women determined to overthrow the monarchy and restore strict religious rule Despite Sultana's dislike of this behavior in her youngest daughter the group continues to meet at her house over and over It seems to me that the simplest thing to do is to forbid the meetings? If you read earlier about this same daughter's interest in animals you can see the extent she is indulged to an extreme allowed her own zoo of exotic pets? Not even punished when she insults her uncle?It also seems that for his time Sultana's husband is uite enlighted yet every time he disagrees with her she describes him with a bold brush as like all men when sometimes his arguments make a lot of sense Yes he is not exactly lily white but he values his daughters as much as his sons and he even seems uite modern compared to Sultana's father It also bothers me that Sultana constantly describes herself as an advocate for women's rights and someone who is actively working for them yet I don't see much evidence of what she is doing In one instance in the book their Egyptian housekeeper has to beg her over and over before she finally relents and tries to help intervene in the female circumcision of the housekeeper's granddaughterPerhaps I'm too harsh in my judgment of Sultana but in this book she seems like a selfish spoiled princess blaming the world for her problems instead of taking some responsibility for herself and her surroundings

  3. Sara H. Sara H. says:

    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 allI pretty much already knew all of the things related to the message this book was trying to sendI hear about these kinds of things all the time even if it's not particularly about the princess of Saudi ArabiaI 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 the princess would keep or something There was no plot line not really much of a climax and the ending was very abrupt It was full of just random happenings of the princess's life and how they relate to her causeIt was pretty boring for me to be honestI actually decided to practice my reading speed on this book because I knew I wouldn't really be missing anything if I didn't get all the details And I read pretty damn slow

  4. Donna Donna says:

    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 fewIt's obvious that the women in Saudi Arabia are treated as inferior to the men but the fact remains that this is the story of a princess someone who lives a comfortable life than millions of people on this planet Although it's easy to feel sorry for many of the women she talks of in her book I find it difficult to feel sorry for Sultana herselfStill it's very easy to read and compelling enough to keep you interested through to the end

  5. PurplyCookie PurplyCookie says:

    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 seuel 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 anywhereThough a devout Muslim Sultana believes the entrenched male power structure has perverted religious doctrine to justify veiling women and depriving them of basic civil liberties The lack of opportunity to forge eual relationships with men before and after marriage Sultana argues is why one of her daughters became fanatically religious and the other suffered a mental breakdownOverall this gives insight into the lives of royalty and the views of those who can be religious while flaunting the strict Sunni rules against alcohol and temporary marriage However let us not confuse Islam with the practices of the royal family the religious police or the religious fanatics in the country The majority of Saudi men and women live according to the principles of their religion in what they consider it to be a near perfect way of living despite the obvious lack of freedom human rights violations and social and economic injustices that they suffer Book Details Title Princess Sultana's Daughters Author Jean SassonReviewed By Purplycookie

  6. SandyC SandyC says:

    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 is so sad that the Princess and her female relatives live in unparalleled luxury however they have no rights to speak of If they try to leave bad marriages the husbands have the right to take custody of the children Also the husbands are permitted to have multiple wives The one glimmer of hope is that Sultana's husband and son are both sympathetic to the plight of women in their family however they are paralyzed from taking action due to the societal s This book made me grateful to live in a country where I can drive vote and be eual to men in the eyes of the law

  7. Amanda Amanda says:

    Considering it took me six years to get around to reading this book after reading Princess A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia I should have taken it as a sign not to move through with the seriesPros This book is a good introduction to Saudi culture The vast divide between Western culture and Eastern culture is spotlighted in this series There is also a constant struggle between fundamentalist Muslim culture and mainstream Muslim culture is also on display I wish Sutltana had spent time talking about the morality police the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice It is a uick easily consumable read Sasson's writing style was uick paced and interesting As far as nonfiction goes it didn't reuire too much concentration or brainpower It read much like fictionCons Sultana constantly touted her life's goal to advocate for women's rights However her only concern in life is to live the life of a spoiled princess with mansions compounds maids and drivers She blamed all of her problems in her life on the people around her her father brother husband corrupting influences of her children's friends She refused to take any responsibility for her spoiled and neglected children's many troubles but figuratively threw up her hands in a what's a parent to do? attitudeSultana's issues with her husband were less severe in this book than in Princess When she had disagreements with her husband instead of having a calm adult conversation with reasoned arguments she came off like a hissing spitting shrew of a wife Like her reactions is Princess she always seemed to use scheming underhanded moves to get her own way as a first resortAlthough she claimed to be a defender of women's rights I could only find one example of a time she helped any women outside of her immediate family and that was after extreme begging on her maid's part This book was similar to Princess in that the book was basically a series of loosely bound anecdotes that Sultana was recounting from family and acuaintances There were so many horrific tales of abuses of women children and animals Sultana's recounting of these tales were oddly lacking in empathy Knowing this book was written by a princess it's hard to get a real picture of the common women of Saudi Arabia which undoubtedly are far less pampered and sheltered than those in Sultana's circleUltimately Sultana's selfishness narcissism and over the top lifestyle made her unrelatable My interest in reading and learning about her culture kept me reading although a little less enthusiastically For a fictional take on Saudi culture from a much comprehensive take I would wholeheartedly suggest the Nayir Shari Katya Hijazi series by Zoe Ferraris

  8. Sarah Sarah says:

    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 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 destruction While secrets behind famous Saudi Arabian scandals are revealed and sensitive topics such as female circumcision are discussed with admirable comprehensiveness and insight the reader is left holding their breath and bracing themselves for the next shocking revelation A delightfully gripping page turner that is too brutal not to be real

  9. Tracy Tracy says:

    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 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 women The mother of one of the boy's that raped the patient claim that their boy was out of him mind desperate for sex so he must be forgiven for it is not his fault Unbelievable Dispicable and I don't know what to say other than the men responsible for all this line of thinking that has continued even today should all be taken out and shot Chinese style while the family is billed the cost of the bullet And for any women who support this crap same goes Horendous horrible thing's happen all over the world includeing of course America We have serial killer's murder's rapist's and child molester's all over the world most of which have never been caught many of which have died No one can catch them all or even most of themand lock them all up and execute them althought that would be incredible Just so long as we make sure we got the right guygirl before we shoot them

  10. Kristy Buzbee Kristy Buzbee says:

    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 the double standard of the Middle East and her younger daughter Amani who throws herself into her religion and becomes extremist saying that women are so inferior that they should be confined to the home all their lives It's very tragic to see how even though Sultana and her husband try to teach the children that the way women are treated is wrong the culture itself wreaks havoc on their minds and thoughts However it's not as depressing as it sounds; there is a lot of hope especially with Abdullah who risks everything to help a woman he knows be with the one she loves A inspiring book than the first and you can actually start to see improvement in very small degrees

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