A little bit of insight into the lives of women, both nationals and expats, in Saudi Arabia. The superfluous writing style tended to detract from the story for me in some places.
Could have been a much more interesting read.
limited, shallow self discovery (despite her western education) working and living in an enclosed privileged society.
But maybe that's what she was trying to portray, her short comings?
Weirdly obsessed with peoples looks.
I much preferred Clea Koff's Bone Woman.
I couldn't rate this book, I have met a few women like this. As a westerner it's hard to take their naivety and immaturity, in their privileged, protected community enclosed in family, some of them can't comprehend what's all around them, staring them right in the face. She's a princess, seeing life like a fairy tale, one minute she is beginning to see and converse with other women (though again still in her limited community) and you think oh maybe she's going to start to get it. But no then she is mooning over a man like a 14 year who's spent more time reading bad frothy romance novels than living in the world. But maybe that's her world. Enlightening? maybe but only that despite her western education she has little comprehension of life outside of her privileged world. Somehow she managed to remain unenlightened despite exposure she should have experienced in the west, her exposure at the hospital was severely limited. She's a the silly girl who dreams of marrying the doctor.
Very enlightening indeed.
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