Princess: A Review

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When American author Jean P. Sasson visited the Middle-East her interactions with victims of war zones and conservative countries inspired her to pen what has come to become her bestselling work: Princess Trilogy. The series revolves around the life of a Princess of the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
Her first book, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind The Veil in Saudi Arabia, was her best work and the biggest seller the year it was published. The central character of her book, Princess Sultana, narrates her life story and talks about her relations with her siblings, her cravings for fatherly affection, her confrontations with her brother’s illegal activities and most of all she continuously mentions about the laws that favour men more than women.
This book enlightened its readers about status of women in the kingdom and the inhuman practices followed with regard to them. Moreover being the first insight into the secrets the book revealed and fascinated all.
After receiving an overwhelming response from her readers all across the world and on being interrogated on further developments in the life of the Princess, Sasson decided to come out with the second book of her trilogy: Daughters of Arabia. This book equally shocked the audience once again with its stunning revelations.
In the book, the Princess talks about her married life, her children and the changing culture of youth in the country.
The Princess here decides to raise her children in a completely different environment, away from all the malpractices she and her sisters had been subjected to. She wants to provide them a good education and build for them a more ethical world where boys and girls are given equal respect and status in the society.
In the last book: Desert Royal, the Princess talks about her fight for women’s rights in a repressive, fundamentalist Islamic society, with greater urgency. Ha trip to the desert to relive the ancestral days with her extended family brings her face-to-face with nomadic tribes, who still follow barbaric rituals, violating the independence of women.  These interactions strengthen her resolve to fight for women’s rights in all Muslin countries.
Sasson’s brilliance lies not only in her vivid and moving writing style, but also in the manner in which she builds the story and the characters through the three books. In the course of the trilogy, apart from tracing the passage of the Princess life, the author also examines the growth of her character and her determination to fight for the rights of women, a fight which begins as her personal struggle in the first book and moves towards a fight for women as a whole.
Sneha Krishnan.
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