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So, here are my books this week –
I am still trying to get into The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; I am making slow progress with this one. Here is the cover & blurb of the book (both taken from Goodreads) –
‘I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited – they went there.’
After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.
I recently finished reading Princess by Jean Sasson. Though I was supposed to read it after The Great Gatsby, I picked it up as I was making very slow progress with TGG. It was a very different experience reading this book. I felt so much privileged after reading about the kind of lives the women in Saudi Arabia were/are living. A detailed review will be up on my blog very soon! Here is the cover & blurb of the book (taken from Goodreads) –
Think of Saudi Arabia and what do you see? Terrorists spreading fear? Religious zealots? A corrupt government and a fabulously wealthy royal family living lives of unbelievably luxury?
Jean Sasson captures the flavour and reality of life in a country of extremes and contradictions. Princess ‘Sultana’, a real Saudi princess closely related to the King, lives those contradictions, with priceless jewels, many servants, unlimited funds at her disposal, but no freedom. A prisoner in a gilded cage with no vote, no control, no value, but as a mother of sons, she is totally at the mercy if the men in her life… her father, her brother, her husband.
For the first time, a royal Saudi woman opens the door to give readers an unvarnished look inside a closed society. ‘Sultana’ lifts the veil on the shocking world of forced marriages, sex slavery, honour killings and other outrages against women, both royal and common.
Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and great courage. By speaking out, ‘Sultana’ risks the wrath of the Saudi establishment and for this reason, she has told her story to Jean Sasson. This is a real-life story you will never forget.
For my next read, I have not decided as yet but as a part of the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge 2016 I have signed up for, I will pick a book that has won recognition or a literary award. So let’s see what I pick up! By the way, suggestions are welcome too 🙂
So, this is what I have been up to in my bookish world this week. Do share about your reading this week in the comments section below. 🙂