The Girls of Riyadh

18 Jul

My sister  had bought this book a few years back.  It was constantly in my book que , but I never seemed to have got to it till… Now.

Sex and City For the East

Released in 2005 in Arabic, this book quickly gained attention and was translated in other languages including English.  If you could imagine  an Eastern version of “Sex and the City”, this would be it.   The book observes the Saudi singles scene in Riyadh.  Four young women who are on the verge of discovering what love is through commitment, rebellion,  successes and disappointments.    At the crossroads of their lives, they find themselves torn by Western and Eastern expectations.  The girls find themselves figuratively and literally in between the West and the East.

Attack of the Culture Clash

I have a deep appreciation for this book simply because,  in this time of era, most women of strong bi-cultural backgrounds find themselves torn between cultures.  Being a young woman we are pressured to be vessels of purity… Yet, we live in a world of corruption, deceit, and illusion. In a sense, our traditional, religious/cultural root values ground us from our desires… However, the world teaches us, in order to gain appreciation for the values that define our faith, we must hit the ground, get hurt, be deceived.

Reality Sweeps Fairytale Off Her Feet

The four girls in this book identify four different personalities all who share the common hopes of being accepted, feeling love, and being happy.  As these character develop, they start to recognize the essence of life and its participants. Amidst their confusion,  sorrow, insecurities, a seed of wisdom is planted.

Food For Thought

This book definitely serves as a good food for thought.  When it comes towards our own set of “Great Expectations”, why is it that life often unravels in unexpected ways that challenge these expectations?  As one who has experienced many trivial moments, I have learnt that each experience has helped mold my perspective on this world and our purpose.  At this point, I welcome  moments that shift direction in my journey… And this book captures the essence of those trivial moments.

Girls of Riyadh


2 Responses to “The Girls of Riyadh”

  1. lecrayonkhol September 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I heard about this! Still waiting to get my hands on it. 🙂 Reading your post, I am motivated! Do you know if they have the Arabic version available in the US?

    • amnabuku2 September 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      I have no idea if the Arabic version is available in the states… but I’m pretty sure you could probably order it online :D. Have fun reading it, let us know your thoughts on it.

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