This is a well written, informative book depicting the culture of Saudi Arabia. Through Alma B. Apostol revealing her own life experiences from the Philippines, America, and Saudi Arabia one becomes educated to various cultural differences. She informs her readers of Saudi women's rights, listing specifics. She also educates the readers of the five pillars of Islam and these pillars being the framework of the Muslim Life.
Alma B. Apostol is a professional sharing her knowledge as a professional and as a woman. She is a woman educating others, especially women. She writes of suppressed women in certain parts of the world and how we Americans should appreciate our freedoms.
I rate this book five stars. I thank you Alma for sharing your experiences.
Josephine Calabrese Writer, Lyricist, Publisher, and Teacher
I expected a very short book and I was amazingly surprised! I found I couldn't put it down even though I had to go to bed! Excellent read! Alma has a lot of courage to undertake such a position with a country so diametrically opposed to ours. She gets a bravery medal in my book!
Who knew? My hat is off to Ms. Apostol for having such courage and strength to not only live through these atrocities but to stay focused enough to write about them. She has put a new face on the Middle East for me. Her descriptions of the horrors perpetrated against the females there are unbelievably vivid. The feeling of nothingness they must endure is outrageous to us that live respected and on our own terms. Thank you Alma for writing such an terrifyingly honest and heartfelt story , you have definitely given me reason for pause.
The culture shock in this book is unbelievable. Alma provides a deeply unsettling and eye-opening account at just how backwards Saudi Arabia is towards women. Woman can't drive. Woman can't divorce. Women can ONLY be educated in two fields (health and services), among many more rules. It is startling and a stark contrast to the wonderful freedom that we have here in America. This short, but powerful retelling of Alma's two year experience in the desert nation is something every woman, and man, should read. Don't take your freedom, or America, for granted. We are blessed to be in such a tolerant and fair nation. Amazing book.
Ms. Apostal's book, Surviving Riyadh, is a fast-paced, enlightening read that provides a rare and personal insight into life in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ms. Apostal writes with a clear and graphic style that makes the reader feel on the scene, experiencing what she experienced while in Riyadh. It was, for me, shocking to discover the true nature of life in Saudi Arabia. Women are treated little better than slaves. I commend Ms. Apostal for her courage and honesty. Her book may serve as a warning for Westerners contemplating a journey to Saudi Arabia. I recommend Surviving Riyadh to everyone with an interest in life in the Middle East.
This is one of the very few and rare books that I have read in ages that when it came time for the review I found myself speechless. This book is very intriguing and an absolute pleasure to have read. In fact it is so good I know it will be one of the few books I read the second time