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Florence of Arabia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    Buckley is Chuckly

    'Florence of Arabia' is really a serious book. It's written as a farce and has its hilarious moments. The pages dealing with the colonic difficulties of Shem the Royal Camel had me laughing out loud. But there is nothing funny about stoning and beating women to death. Imprisoning a woman in a cell with the corpse of her 'supposed' dead lover isn't amusing either. The entire plot is grim and frightening. I read a short biography of Fern Holland on whose tragic life and death this book is loosely based. Buckley's intention is to bring the ineptitude of the United States, the greed of the French, and the entire Middle Eastern medieval mentality to our attention and keep us amused in the process. And I WAS amused, but I didn't like it that I was. If you can follow that. 'Florence' is worth the reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    Mixed Feelings

    In many ways, I think Florence of Arabia has some interesting things to say about the relationship between the United States and the Middle East. I admire Christopher Buckley for being brave enough to laugh at both sides pretty mercilessly, as well as for creating a number of likeable and human characters (as well as some distinctly less likeable ones). At the same time, there were points in the book that were a bit shallow. For example, I'm not sure exactly why every female main character had to be ravishingly beautiful. It seemed like they had enough going for them without constantly commenting on their gorgeous looks. There were also moments where the plot took some pretty fantastical turns. I'm still trying to decide if this was necessary for the book to stay slightly light-hearted (the subject matter gets pretty hefty by the middle) or if it was a bit much. Overall though, the book was definitely not a waste of my time, and I would probably recommend it to people who are not overly invested in the Middle East conflicts and don't get offended easily.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    Hilarious!

    Christopher Buckley fans will not be disappointed with this funny take on changing paradigms in fictional middle eastern countries. Not only is this book relevant to the customs of (most) Middle East locales I've visited but the ideas Buckley visits on how the United States wants/tries to sabotage their ideals and way of thinking is downright hilarious! This book is funny and amazingly action-packed. If you like Christopher Buckley, Florence of Arabia is a must-read!

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    Warning - You might strain a muscle laughing!

    I adore Christopher Buckley's books. Florence of Arabia is his best; a side-splitting, laugh-out-loud book about a US plot to subvert a Middle Eastern regime using an Oprah-like TV personality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    Another hilarious, irreverant political satire.

    The Saudis, the UN, and even the publishers of the DaVinci Code are fair game in this story about an American female who starts a 'TV for women' in the middle east. I know of no author writing funnier political satire with the same wit and edge as Buckley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    disappointing

    I am a big fan of his other work...but it seems as if he wrote this book too quickly and tried to make it as ridiculous as possible...its silly and simple...unlike most of his other work...I really can't recommend it...

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