Princess ~ Jean Sasson
By: Buthaina Al Hinai
The Princess trilogy is an exposé that revels the cruel lavish and scandalous life of Al Sau’d- the royal family of Saudi Arabia. Princess Sultana, the narrator of the story, is a mischievous royal child that grows up to be a feminist. She tells the story of the women of her family who are constantly beaten, tortured, jailed to death for the smallest misconduct by their fathers, brothers and husbands, while the male members of the royal family get away and are, more or less, free to do whatever they please by engaging themselves in taboo subjects. Because of the unjust double standard in her society, Princess Sultana strives to change the way the women in her country are treated and dares to stand up against her cruel and unloving father and brother.
Princess is one of three books of ‘the Princess trilogy’. It is followed by Daughters of Arabia, which focuses on the lives of Princess Sultana’s daughters, Maha and Amani, and Desert Royal, which continues telling the story of an older Sultana.
Personal opinion: This heart-warming story broke me in a fist of laughter many times, but realizing how cruel our Arab society can get has shattered my heart. It makes you laugh but it also makes you gasp in terror and cry. And cry some more for the girls and young women of our Arabian Gulf. Personally, I believe that any book that moves the reader is a good book.
Rating: 9/10 – it’s full of emotions, engaging and moves at a quick pace.
I’d recommend this book to those of you who are interested in stories that we, as Arabs, can relate to and to those of you who seek a very juicy insider’s look at the lavish and scandalous life of Al Sau’d and Arab families. I do not recommend this book to young readers as it includes some explicit adult material.