Princess By: Jean Sasson

Pages: 304
Finished: 3/11/2015

This biography is one of the saddest I have ever read. It is the story of a Princess in Saudi Arabia. Even though she has more money than she knows how to spend, the abuse, rape and unjustness of the princess' life is clear. She lived through friends being drowned, stoned to death, and locked in an empty room for breaking laws. In fact, if it were every discovered that her forbidden diaries were used, at her will, to write this book, she too would be killed. In Saudi Arabia, women are thought of as property, their entire life spent as sex objects for men. Daughters are ignored by their fathers; brothers abuse sisters. Women cannot drive, meet their husbands before marriage or travel without permission. In addition, most women are completely uneducated. I almost cried several times during this book. The thought that this is true and still occurring makes me sick to my stomach. The book was published in 2001, this was not that long ago!

Rachel Beyer

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