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by Martha Kirk

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  • ISBN 0896723372
  • ISBN13 978-0896723375
  • Language English
  • Author Martha Kirk
  • Publisher Texas Tech University Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (January 15, 1994)
  • Pages 321
  • Formats mobi lit docx azw
  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Specific Groups
  • Size ePub 1557 kb
  • Size Fb2 1977 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 469

When Martha Kirk left her small West Texas hometown in 1983 to move to the middle of the desert in Saudi Arabia, she began a dual life that lasted for five years. Her husband, Terry, was hired to manage a seven-thousand-acre wheat farm for a wealthy sheik, and Martha joined him six months later. The farm, located ninety miles from Riyadh, was isolated and lonely. Within the confines of the farm, Martha continued her independent lifestyle. She dressed as she pleased, often wearing shorts for jogging. She drove the farm's pickup truck and mingled freely among the male farm workers.Outside the boundary of the farm, her life took on a different perspective. In observance of the strict rules that governed the lives of women in Saudi Arabia, Martha wore long dresses with long sleeves. She was not allowed to drive and was not permitted to travel unaccompanied. She ate in separate dining facilities in public restaurants. Martha embraced the opportunity to live among the Arabs with a positive attitude. She was curious about the Arab culture and immersed herself in its customs, society, religion, and traditions.While in Saudi Arabia, Martha did research for her master's thesis on Saudi education for women, interviewed the Prince (who was the first Saudi Arabian astronaut), and attended a traditional wedding of the Sheik's sister-in-law. She also sat around a Bedouin campfire and drank warm camel's milk from a communal bowl, became quite adept at ridding her home of camel spiders and scorpions, and learned to cook a variety of native dishes. Although Saudi Arabia is a country veiled in ancient myths and legends, Green Sands gives readers a peek beneath the dark mask that shrouds this land of mystery and its women.From the book:When the Brits returned to their vehicles to leave, I wanted to jump into the car with them and travel with them to Riyadh, back to civilization. But their visit had a positive effect on me. It made me realize that I had a unique opportunity, living out in the desert, to experience authentic Saudi culture that few foreigners ever have the opportunity to experience. They bragged about our ability to literally transform such a barren wasteland into a lush garden of wheat, actually changing the sand to green. This revelation brought a change in my attitude about my new home. Instead of thinking about the past and longing for all the things and people from which I was separated, I began to crawl from my shell of insecurity to appreciate and enjoy this strange new world around me. I thought of myself as an anthropologist who had been catapulted back in time, with limited time to learn as much as possible about a place that had its roots in ancient civilization. This is not to say that I didn't occasionally relapse into spells of homesickness and loneliness, but I didn't allow myself to wallow long in that state. I had a great deal to learn and experience.

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Having lived in Saudi for 17 years early '80s to 2000) and traveling deep into the the "Rub many times, these are the most beautiful photos I have ever seen and will remain in my Saudi collection of books foever. But the title of one of the most spectacular travel books of all time should go not to a book of words, but to George Steinmetz's book of photographs of the "Empty Quarter"-a vast, largely uncharted sea of sand spilling from Saudi Arabia into Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.

A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs and, consequently, living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life. The lack of vegetation exposes the unprotected surface of the ground to the processes of denudation. About one-third of the land surface of the world is arid or semi-arid. This includes much of the polar regions where little precipitation occurs and which are sometimes called polar deserts or "cold deserts"

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Amazing lady! I was wandering around the library looking for funny travel books, and went by the bio section when the bold, colorful title on the spine caught my eye. I flipped through it; it looked interesting enough to check out, but I wasn't entirely sure how good it would be. But once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. She apparently had some difficulty finding a publisher and was able to get it published through a friend who had a connection at Texas Tech. Thank goodness.

She didn't have the opportunity to live in a compound for Americans that a few of her friends did and that seem to be even more prevalent today. She lived in a container - like a mini mobile home - until later when they got a house. With dishrags for kitchen curtains. And generator and water issues. And food issues. And being a woman on top of everything else, which certainly caused its own issues, even though she was allowed to hang with the guys much of the time. Later she chose to hang out with the women, and good for her. And what a difference between shopping with her husband's boss's wife and hanging out with Rashima, the wife of one of their Bedouin friends.

And then in one part - the one mention of this topic and a very casual one at that, floored me - she talks about her friend, Gina, who began putting a mosquito net up at night after finding a scorpion on her pillow. Martha says something like that had never happened to her, even though she'd killed a lot of scorpions and camel spiders in the house (camel spiders!!!!). Yeah, just another day in Saudi Arabia.

The stories and experiences she tells are mixed nicely with the educational information about Saudi, the differences, its history, and insight into native life. Some of the stories are really funny, too.

Yes, a few missed edits. But the one reviewer makes it sound like they're all over the place. I do some professional editing, so don't let that reviewer's comment throw you off. I didn't find any of the content corny, although the picture captions in third person as "the author" rather than first person "I" were kind of funny to read since they were so
disconnected from the narrative first person.

If you are planning to go to Saudi, this is a must-read book, especially as things haven't changed all that much since she wrote it! And if you aren't planning on going, it's still a great read. I never had any plans to go there, still don't have any plans to go there, and never WILL have any plans to go there, and I'm glad I checked it out of the library.
Ok, this is not a college textbook detailing hundreds of differences between how American and Saudi women differ. It is a rewrite of an American wife's diary of living with her husband for 5 years in Saudi Arabia, while he developes a farming project during the 1980s. As she does not speak Arabic, she has little interaction with Saudi women. What little she learns is what is relaid to her in translations from other foreign women living there. Nonethless, any American (on non-Saudi) woman who plans on visiting Saudi Arabia should/must read this book to learn about the limitations that any woman has while living in a Muslim country, especially where it is difficult for women to obtain an education or run a business or try to break through the various social barriers that the country has to enforce the religious norms that women are severly restricted in meeting or talking with Saudi men, for either social or business purposes. The author does relate numerous experiences as to how Saudi men like to have their pictures taken with non-Muslim (western) women (and she expresses numerous times how the Saudi men seemed to be 'coming on'to or 'flerting' with her when her husband was not around); how the Saudi men not only hold hands while walking down the stree, but also frequently kiss other men (on the cheek) throughout the day. The author relates how Saudi women raise their children, but as she did not live with them, she was not really able to learn much depth about the Saudi women's lives. She relates how most marriages are arranged. An entertaining look at living out in the desert with Bedouins, and how the Bedouins on their camels would trample through the crops simply because that was the historical shortest route between two areas: the public sand-land really wasn't 'owned' by anyone until the 1950s, but the Bedouins didn't respect such new-fangled private-land ownership of the dunes. A book written an educated women too confind intellectually out in the boonies, and anyone can readily gain many useful insights about Saudi life and business and social norms. A book detailing how difficult it can be in getting spare parts out in the boonies, but true of many under- developed countries.