A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

eBook - 1992
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In this updated 20th anniversary edition, PRINCESS describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband and her country. Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: thirteen-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age, young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room." PRINCESS is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters. A New York Times bestseller, PRINCESS was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader's Digest Selection.
Publisher: [United States] : Liza Dawson Associates, 1992.
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
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I read this 20 years ago and it's still on my top 10 list. When this princess' husband took a second wife, she forged his signature and absconded with his private jet and her 5 kids to Germany where she hired five of the biggest body guards she could find. She then zig-zagged across Europe to cover her trail. He does eventually track her down & promises whatever she requests so that she will come home. Compared to most of the women in her culture she was lucky in her marriage, but she tells their stories of rape and helplessness with a sober voice & the courage to stay and fight for the rights of her children. There are two sequels that are lovely because it feels good to hear from her again, but the first book is a blockbuster. I would love to see it made into a movie.

ArapahoeKati Aug 24, 2017

This memoir sucked me in. It was fascinating and some parts were horrifying. A must read.

ArapahoeAlicia Aug 09, 2016

This book really opened my eyes to the experiences of women (even royal women) in the middle east. While it can be disturbing and upsetting at times, I find it to be an absolute must-read and highly recommend the whole trilogy.

Dec 21, 2012

This was a pretty good book. I had hoped things would get better, but I guess that's real life there. I hope God really does some work in the people's lives in this country and pray for them.

BookQueen88 Oct 15, 2012

This was an eye-opener for me, too. I knew that most Muslim women in the Arab world aren't really remotely treated like queens, but even as a Saudi princess, it's the same, if not, worse. Saudi Arabia is actually the second most oppressive nation in the world (North Korea is the first).

Aug 26, 2012

At first I read this book because we were required to in lit class, but as I read on, I realized and learned so many things about Saudi Arabia that I never knew. At some points in the book it's hard to believe this is a real person's life from how disturbing some of the events are. This book is a major eye-opener, and a great read.

Mimi9988 Dec 30, 2011


Mar 27, 2011

Another book that was difficult to read because of the violence to women and children. I am glad I read it though. It was an eye opener.

Oct 13, 2010

An interesting read. Very disturbing in some parts but necessary to understand what these women must endure.

Jul 04, 2010

This is a book that you can't put down. Sultana, unlike her contemporaries, is fiery and wants women to have the same rights as men, who are currently oppressing the fairer sex. She watches as men discriminate in unimaginable ways against the ladies, who are completely powerless to resist. Then, when it happens to her, she fights back with all her strength.

This book reads like a novel, but it is obvious that it is about a real woman. I can't wait to see what happens next in the next book of the trilogy, "Princess Sultana's Daughters."

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