Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia

by Carmen Bin Ladin | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0446694886 Global Overview for this book
Registered by matlockjames of Old Dime Box, Texas USA on 4/5/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by matlockjames from Old Dime Box, Texas USA on Thursday, April 05, 2007
I found parts interesting but in the end, it was difficult reading about a woman complaining so much about her life in Saudi when she was shopping for $60,000 dresses, having servants and worth over 300 million dollars.

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postal release to West Virginia

Journal Entry 3 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Thursday, April 26, 2007
Arrived today! Thank you, matlockjames!

Journal Entry 4 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Monday, August 27, 2007
I completely understand why Carmen Bin Ladin found her life in Saudi Arabia intolerable. I can't even imagine how horrible it must have been to watch her daughters being slowly extinguished, to spend every day desperately afraid that she would lose them. To not be able to leave her house, express an opinion, even express affection or any kind of feeling, have every word and gesture absolutely controlled...Unfortunately, I think many people have a knee-jerk reaction to memoirs like this: "Well, she was rich - her life couldn't have been *that* bad." I think this book amply demonstrates that money really isn't everything; that in fact it's nothing, when it's literally all you have.


reserved for LESEHEST from Norway

Journal Entry 5 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Mailed to LESEHEST 4 September

Journal Entry 6 by LESEHEST from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Monday, September 17, 2007
Thi book is now with me...
Thank you so much, ealasaidmae!! :D

Released 1 yr ago (10/18/2017 UTC) at Antikvariatet - Little Free Library in Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway

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I never got to read this book, so I releasedato it today at the BC-meeting in Trondheim

Journal Entry 8 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Thursday, October 19, 2017
I got this book from Lesehest at our meetup yesterday. Sounds like an interesting story.

Journal Entry 9 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Monday, January 21, 2019
I found this book interesting, and I think Carmen Bin Ladin is brave to actually tell her story when she knows the powers she is up against. I can't even start to imagine what it would be like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia, where your entire identity is that you are either someones daughter, wife or mother. In my opinion, I do not think money is any help at all, Carmen was just as imprisoned as she would have been without (whilst in Jeddah). In addition, the holidays in Switzerland seemed, at first, like a pleasant break from the crude reality of Saudi-life. However, I can easily believe that in the latter years they must have been like heaven, where they had to return to hell.

As I read, I did ask myself about poor people in Saudi Arabia. It is written that the women shopped to cure boredom, etc. What was life like for poor people? In particular poor women?

Reserved for Lunacia.

Journal Entry 10 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Monday, June 24, 2019

Released 3 mos ago (6/22/2019 UTC) at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway

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Moving on to the next reader.

Journal Entry 11 by winglunaciawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Sunday, July 14, 2019
Got this from Haugtussa when I went there to celebrate her 50th bithday!

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