Mother Without a Mask: A Westerner's Story of Her Arab


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  1. DubaiReader DubaiReader says:

    A window in timeI originally read this in 2001 and gave it just two stars I found it boring and only the details of the wedding really interested me I recently re read it reluctantly for a book group and I was surprised to discover a fascinating account of a bye gone eraPatricia Holton's husband had business with the United Arab Emirates in the 1970s As a result of this Patricia agrees to host the two younger sons of an Emirati Sheikh while they do their university courses in the UK She helps them to acclimatise to life in England and is curious about the country they have left Over many breakfasts and suppers they teach each other and compare cultural differencesEventually Patricia now known as Mrs Tea Cup by the boys is invited to Al Ain an oasis area of Abu Dhabi as guest to the family She begins her visits in a hotel but as they all get to know each other better she is invited to their homes and finally absorbed into the family particularly by the womenThe book provides a wonderful cultural window into a time that is now largely passed These women were the last of a generation that has since been swamped by oil wealth and tourism Ms Holton is sad to see this era pass but rather repetitive with her comments to this effect However her observations of family life do provide a rare insight into the traditions of the modern day EmiratisI originally came to the Emirates in 1984 and I remember the old Buraimi part of Al Ain; now fenced off from the Emirates as it is actually part of Oman Old houses can still be found from this time and it is fascinating to imagine how the much simpler life of these people went on in those now crumbling housesApart from the freuent comments bemoaning the end of an era my other criticism would be a feeling that this is a slightly sanitised version I sense that the author is being very respectful to her hosts and only writing what they wish her to Strangely while many of the women are named I can't think of a time when the two boys or their father are actually called by their names they are always known as The Second Son The Youngest Son and The SheikhThis is well worth reading if you are living in the UAE and has also been enjoyed by several of our visitors to the area


  2. Ruth Ruth says:

    Patricia Holton has a great love for her Arabic friends and that love showed clearly in her writing I have trouble with her apparent acceptance of her Arabic friend’s marriage and family life practices It seemed she was trying to persuade the reader that these things are cultural and should be accepted as right or correct at least from their cultural point of view Early in the book was a chapter titled “A Jack of all Trades and a Slave” I uote something that Holton wrote about slaves “Limitations of education travel and money breed a slave mentality even if in law there is freedom If a man or woman were traded as a slave then told some twenty years later that they were free where were they to go and how were they to manage? Most would have married and settled within the broad life of the family that owned them They were psychologically bound even though the extraordinary growth of the area might have made them economically free” In this book Holton told of the daily life of women Women who were sheltered within the family specifically women sheltered by women Schooling was not encouraged for a women and women married early putting an end to the uestion of higher education Marriage and motherhood were the only option for women Being a wife and mother is the greatest and best and most noble occupation a women can have if it is a choice A choice made with a full knowledge of what the options are Without knowledge and the freedom to choose marriage and motherhood are at best domestic slavery I think the world should continue to move away from the idea of keeping women dumb so they will slave away for the men Serving by choice out of love is wonderful Slavery is wrong I’m sorry to say the Holton’s book did nothing to help me feel good about a culture that keeps women hidden behind veil and mask


  3. Ayesha Al Fardan Ayesha Al Fardan says:

    This book Isn't really new information to me cause I am from the United Arab Emirates The book was basically a trip down memory lane even though I am not apart of the same generationHowever my grandparents and parents always told me of the stories during that time so it wasn't any new to me I loved how the writer described everything so vividly that I felt I was apart of them Lastly my country wouldn't be where it is now without the great ruler Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan may his soul rest in peace He turned a desert into one of the top countries in the world He was our father our teacher and our leader all at the same time I highly recommend this book to whoever is curious to know about the Emirati tradition


  4. Melissa Cavanaugh Melissa Cavanaugh says:

    This was so interesting An American woman living in Britain fostered two Emirati boys sons of a sheikh while they were in school and as a result ended up spending a great deal of time with their family in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi While there have been a number of books from and about men during this time of great change there's been little about how it has affected Emirati women This was something of a romantic portrait of their lives but in a good way


  5. Salma Salma says:

    I thought its another story i was looking for The one for the lady who sh Zayed build Al Wahha Hospital in honer of her AnywaysSome chapters are redundant but Hey its detailed lifestyle about Badu Native ppl of Middle East somethings are expected to be routine I'm going to gift this book to somebody who i find interested in UAE culture and past as it says much in modest and majestic way I don't know who is he yet but i will keep my doors open


  6. BirnitaB BirnitaB says:

    I read this a few years ago but particularly enjoyed it as I was lucky enough to spend a few years in the Gulf myself feel it gives a peep behind the veil of old Arabia which I loved The true story is the account of an English woman who becomes the host mother to an Arabic boy studying in the UK She is hosted back by him and gets to meet his family experience their way of life in a way few expats doI had this book but lent it never got it back would like to get it another copy


  7. Jen Jen says:

    I recommend this book for anyone interested in traditional life in the UAE It's especially poignant given the changes that have occured over the last three decades which Patricia Holton very accurately points out So much of the culture I see living in the UAE today is better understood after having read this book


  8. Cat Cat says:

    Living in the UAE this book was very relevant and appealing The insights into Arab culture and family are valuable and I appreciated a deeper understanding of the generosity behind the flashy and aggressive façade of the younger Emirati men this is what you see in reality


  9. Dalton Adams Dalton Adams says:

    This book does not give a true portrait of this country It is the viewpoint of someone who never left the gilded halls of the royals That is not reality Plus it's boring I can only read about women sitting in tents drinking coffee and gossiping so much


  10. Pattie Pattie says:

    A real insight into the Emirates culture especially through a women's perspective Not so much a story with a plot as it is a peak into their lives and the culture here in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain


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  • Paperback
  • 278 pages
  • Mother Without a Mask: A Westerner's Story of Her Arab Family
  • Patricia Holton
  • English
  • 18 January 2014
  • 9781856265492