Saudi Arabia is a millionaire’s dream. The playground of oil fields, the meaning of the over the top and extravagant. But nothing is perfect, and if I’d had to choose between a normal European-girl life or a life of Saudi Arabia’s princess I’d choose the first one. Since Princess Sultana made the decision about writing a book, she exposed the most intimate parts of her life. Is it possible that in the world of overly rich something can go wrong?
Saudi Arabia has got a big flaw, or shall I say, men in Saudi Arabia have got a big flaw. I’m not trying to judge or offend anyone, nothing like that but if there’s anything I believe in, it’s the story behind the book. Say it’s foolish, the fact that I believe in every word I’ve read but this can’t be a dressed up story. There’s a reason why I love this book and why I believe in it: Sultana is not flawless, she’s actually far from that she would say. At the worst point of her life she starts drinking, she doesn’t handle stress either, she’s not a perfect mother or a wife. She sometimes loses control over her children or over herself… and none of it matters because I’ve never seen a stronger woman than she is. She forgets about everything when men abuse women. Unlike “feminists” from our world she fights for equal rights. I repeat-equal. She doesn’t want to prove that women rule the world, and never mentions things like “women give birth” or “men are useless”. No, because it wouldn’t be a bestseller if she wasn’t fighting for equality.
What makes the books even more interesting is that you get an insight view in how ridiculously rich woman live. Some parts are very interesting, like when she says she buys 3-4 same dresses so she could have one in every house she owns. So she fights for women rights and doesn’t carry luggage. (Just making a point.)
Second book, “Princess Sultana’s daughters” is where she gets more personal. She speaks about problems her children had, mostly about mental problems with the older one. Throughout each of her books, she speaks about Muslim religion. I did a little research on the web, and while scrolling up and down through comments on one of the book reviews I noticed one that caught my eye. An anonymous person said that he/she changed his/hers religion to Muslim after reading the book. So if this book is literally life changing, why shouldn’t you read it?
For me the third book “Princess Sultana’s circle” is the end of the whole story, because the ending made me cry. Sultana and many of her sisters gather and promise each other they will fight for their sisters (they consider every woman from Saudi Arabia their sister) and they are the legendary Princess Sultana’s circle.
As I said, for me the third book is a complete story. It wasn’t necessary to add the fourth part. “More tears to cry” seems like a report about the current situation. And as always Jean Sasson did a great job writing it, and Sultana, she stayed a wise woman that will have many, many stories to tell.
This is it, the Al Saud’s best. And if you ever think you’re unfortunate, not important or not equal just remember Sultana.