posts on 5/2/2007 8:32:50 PM
Why did all those numbers appeared in my letter, I wonder? Jean, can you comment on what I said about Sultana and also about Jeanette and her fear about Jordan? Thank you so much for your time. Anna
posts on 5/2/2007 7:00:42 PM
im new to this forum, but i have just recently finished the princess, and the princess daughters. I absolutley loved both books. I am married to an arab man from Jordan, we plan to go to Jordan in July of this year. Now, since reading these books, Im not so sure. Im really scared because we have an 8 mon old daughter, and Im afraid he may try to keep her there. I know he will not discuss honor killings. He gets very upset. To everyone reading this, there is a really good book called lost honor by Norma Khouri. She describes the lifestyle of modern day Jordan. I have not read Jean Sassons latest book, but i plan to just as soon as possible. I wonder how things are today with Sultana and her family. Im almost possitive that things will never change in Saudia Arabia, I feel so sorry for the women over there. I would love to hear personally from Jean Sasson herself, but im sure she is to busy to answer most of her mail.
posts on 5/2/2007 7:32:53 AM
Just a comment about Princess; Jean Sasson can correct me if I am wrong! I don’t believe Sultana was disappointed that her daughter showed interest in being a good Muslim, because she tried to be one herself. She was, I think, a bit dismayed at the fact that her daughter was becoming too fanatical and repressive in her beliefs, at least towards women, which may show insecurity, lack of confidence and even fear at times. I don’t think that most women today would be happy at being hidden from the world, being confined in a house that becomes like a prison, marrying an old goat you don’t even know, and being subjected to the kind of treatment described in the book. But hopefully things are changing just a bit – Jean, I finished your new book, Love in a torn land, and I liked it very much. Thank you for bringing Joanna’s story to us. It is unbelievable what she and all the Kurds had to go through, and how many died so terribly. Can I be truthful? I still preferred the way the book about Mayada was written: the story had less dialogue and small details, which helped fire the readers’ imagination and made it more terrifying. Regardless, you are one of my favorite authors and I hope this one becomes a bestseller, too. The best of luck! Anna
posts on 4/30/2007 7:00:16 PM
Dear Hamar: This is Jean Sasson and I wanted to answer your question. While any writer will get close to the people she/he writes about, and my friendship with the princess is solid, my relationship with Mayada is closer than any friendship. She is more than a sister to me, so I would have to say Mayada is my dearest friend. For example: I speak with the princess two or three times a year when she is visiting her daughter in Europe. I speak with, or exchange e-mails with Mayada on a daily basis. I hope this answers your question... All bets wishes, Jean Sasson
posts on 4/29/2007 1:52:42 PM
Dear Jane,I have a question. Who is your better than a sister to you friend.Is it Princess Sultana or is it Mayada. Thank you Jane.
posts on 4/28/2007 6:00:29 PM
I have read all the Princess books and it was written during the early ninties about Sultana's life since she was born. I think somethings have changed since that time. Also I was disappointed in Sultana when she was scared that her youngest daughter showed an interst in being a good muslim. I should think that is something to be proud of if I had a daughter. Does anyone know what happened to Maha and Amani? I heard that her son got married and had a son or something.
posts on 4/26/2007 10:06:17 AM
Yes, it is exactly like Anna said, here we go again. I only need to point out to the world that Jean's personality is not that of a person who lies. She will say the truth if it costs her life. I have known Jean since 1998, and have had daily contact with her since the year 2000. I know the Princess is real, I know she calls Jean on the telephone, and I know Jean will never ever attack Islam or any other religion. Jean is kind, she loves animals, she took care of both her parants in old age and there is not one mean bone in her body.
Lay off whoever it is, and I hope it is not that insane woman at it again
Cheers 2 u all
posts on 4/23/2007 8:39:25 AM
Hanan, it could not have been said any better. It is about time that someone speaks the truth. Thankyou
posts on 4/22/2007 6:27:15 PM
Thank you Hanan for your input. I was about to say -here we go again, poor Jean Sasson- being questioned about the truth in her books! Every year someone comes up with the same comments because they have not read this message board way back when. I was going to ask Mayada Al Askari to AGAIN explain about herself and Jean, since she is a devout Muslim and the subject of the book -Mayada, Daughter of Iraq- and someone I admire, I must add. Dear Mayada, can you do it again?
Thank you very much. Anna
Hanan Al Sayid Hussain
posts on 4/22/2007 4:32:18 PM
It is such a shame when I see postings such as the ones I am reading below, and what utter nonsense. Jean Sasson has written books and touched upon subjects no one else dared come near. Being a devote practicing Muslim in the Arab world, I can say with all confidence that Jean has not once written false information concerning my religion. Princess Sultana spoke of the status co in Saudi Arabia, and to tell u the truth, her account was a bit washed down not to show the whole picture of atrocities carried out against women and Islam in the land of our Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), I should know for I live there. U guys and dolls should be reading Jean's books twice, for u have obviously missed a lot out.
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