Girls of Riyadh

Girls of Riyadh

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Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143113478
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 377,824
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rajaa Alsanea is the author of the novel Girls of Riyadh, which was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. She grew up in Saudi Arabia as one of six siblings in a family of doctors and dentists. Alsanea received her bachelor’s degree in endodontics from King Saud University in 2005.

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Girls of Riyadh 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very hard for me to put down. It captured me by both the happenings in the lives of all of the girls, but even more so on the univeral thoughts about love and freedom. I appreciated the differences and similarities between my western culture and the Saudi culture. Read Snow Flower, too, for a less affluent view of a male dominated society, as well as A Thousand Splendid Suns. There is much to learn about life through many cultures from around the world. I am grateful this book was published in English.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am 18 years old and this book is amazing! its the kind of book you can read 3 times and still get the chills! I honestly carry this book with me everywhere I go!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. I loved the writing style and the characters were interesting and had very different personalities. And some parts are funny.
autiemautie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Read it on a Nook, and I couldn't put it down. Definitely worth reading. 
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This book is fantastic. I loved the characters.
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Baskets More than 1 year ago
A DEFINITE read! I learned so much about Saudi traditions. Exactly what I was looking for. Wish it did not end. I would take notes on the characters.
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Girls of Riyadh was an awakening story. Although Saudi women (and men) live life through traditions, they crave the same friendships and love all the world crave. I highly recommend this book.
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This book is a quick read and hard to put down once you start reading. It was insightful about the reality of Arab culture and an excellent book.
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Muticultural_enthusiast More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awesome. The author did a great job of defining her characters and inviting the reader into the lives of her characters. The author gave the reader a sense of understanding. When I was reading the book I felt as though I was there during the different plots and events. This would be a great book for a women's book club. Each week you would have something new and interesting to discuss!
Nadeem_Muaddi More than 1 year ago
Girls of Riyadh is, more or less, a Saudi take on Sex in the City - only with more substance. Rajaa al-Sanea captivates readers with this story of a small group of upper-middle-class/upper-class friends experiencing what most western college-age girls do, only in Saudi Arabia. By American standards, the issues addressed - education, career, love, marriage, sex and homosexuality - are timid. Given the story's setting and the author's national home, however, it's altogether daring. In fact, Girls of Riyadh is banned in Saudi Arabia. This book provides a rare glimpse into the lives of Saudi women. It's definitely worth a read.
Dyerfan More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the lives of 4 middle class young Saudi women. It tells the story of their lives and loves in the engaging and original writing style of an email list. I enjoyed reading it and seeing what some women of another culture go through and sometimes how universal things can be. Bravo to the author for stepping out and showing us these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book opens your eyes to the Arabic culture traditions in Saudi Arabia. This is a story of 4 Saudi women looking for love and how their culture acts against it. I enjoy reading women's fiction and how women search for love, but this book put a new spin on it. We feel what these women feel and it's sad what their culture considers "risky." In America, we wouldn't even blink an eye. It took awhile to get into the fact that the author was writing her story in a "Yahoo Group" and you need to almost write down the character's names with side notes to follow. The names are very similar and sometimes it's hard to follow the translation, but overall I enjoyed it.
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