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!Read E-pub ë Girls of Riyadh ⚢ When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture she caused a sensation across the Arab world Now in English, Alsanea s tale of the personal struggles of four young upper class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view Living in restrictive Riyadh but traveling all over the globe, these modern Saudi women literally and figuratively shed traditional garb as they search for love, fulfillment, and their place somewhere in between Western society and their Islamic home I like this book as it gives a portratit of some of the Saudi girls lives and views We are used to non Saudis writing about Saudis and imposing thier own points of view Assanea is a Saudi writing about a generation she knows very well, for a change I think the author wrote a true account of life in Saudi Arabia I am married to a Saudi, and I didn t find anything she wrote about to be in conflict with what I know from my 29 years of marriage, experience in SA, and extended family Most importantly,her story rings true based on what my children who are now the same age as the author have told me about the private world of young people It s an exciting peek into the inner world of young Saudi women, and that is enough to make it worth the I think the author wrote a true account of life in Saudi Arabia I am married to a Saudi, and I didn t find anything she wrote about to be in conflict with what I know from my 29 years of marriage, experience in SA, and extended family Most importantly,her story rings true based on what my children who are now the same age as the author have told me about the private world of young people It s an exciting peek into the inner world of young Saudi women, and that is enough to make it worth the read I know it s one particular slice of Saudi female life, but no book can be all things to all people A good book will take you in depth and, depending on the topic, deliberately not function as a survey text I think the book does a good job of making an unknown groupconnected to others who are interested It s a quick read, and you will find yourself caring about what happens to each character Save for the last 3 chapters, Girls of Riyadh by Raja Alsanea was a huge let down Sensationalized and immature, the author is clearly looking to cash in on the western stereotypes of the east The 4 female protagonists act in the most predictable, girly movie way.The story did nothing for me, didn t enlighten me to the supposedly hidden side of the Arab way of life and society, as the author promised in many interviews The author assumes this self important, holier than thou tone that got so a Save for the last 3 chapters, Girls of Riyadh by Raja Alsanea was a huge let down Sensationalized and immature, the author is clearly looking to cash in on the western stereotypes of the east The 4 female protagonists act in the most predictable, girly movie way.The story did nothing for me, didn t enlighten me to the supposedly hidden side of the Arab way of life and society, as the author promised in many interviews The author assumes this self important, holier than thou tone that got so annoying that after the first few chapters I skipped the introductory passage where she addresses the readers It s only towards the very end that the characters turn fleshy You get a slight glimpse into something profound but it lingers below the surface, at best.The author lacks the craft to tap into the real issues, she states them out loud rather than hint at them and allow the reader arrive at his her own conclusion, and this is where the book falls short.There are loads of better books out there for those with a genuine interest in gaining an insight into the lives of people living in Islamic societies When this book first came out, I was living in Saudi Arabia and it caused quite a stir so much so that it was banned in Kingdom I was teaching ESL at the time, and the women in my classes were frantic to get their hands on a copy of it Turns out the enthusiasm they felt was short lived as in as soon as they started reading it The book is written as a series of emails between a group of young Saudi women, and to folks who, like my students, had little experience reading fiction, it seemed When this book first came out, I was living in Saudi Arabia and it caused quite a stir so much so that it was banned in Kingdom I was teaching ESL at the time, and the women in my classes were frantic to get their hands on a copy of it Turns out the enthusiasm they felt was short lived as in as soon as they started reading it The book is written as a series of emails between a group of young Saudi women, and to folks who, like my students, had little experience reading fiction, it seemed too true for most of my students Many were offended and defensive, believing the author was telling lies about them and their friends Oddly enough, several of the women I spoke with insisted they actually knew some of the characters in the book Fast forward a few years and I picked up a deeply discounted English version of the book and read it in two sittings I understood how and why my students were upset Although fictional, the scenes and experiences portrayed happen every day in Saudi Arabia, and having the world read about them must have been scary especially for women who live very private and secluded lives.That said, the book is fiction, and readers need to remember that It s well written albeit a translation , and the stories are compelling in a watching a train wreck sort of way.Having lived in Kingdom, there were no surprises or shocks hidden within the pages of this book, but for those unfamiliar with the culture, I m sure it will be eye opening Again, however, remember it is fiction