Florence of Arabia: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 272 pages
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The bestselling author who made mincemeat of political correctness in Thank You for Smoking, conspiracy theories in Little Green Men, and Presidential indiscretions No Way to Treat a First Lady now takes on the hottest topic in the entire world–Arab-American relations–in a blistering comic novel sure to offend the few it doesn’t delight.

Appalled by the punishment of her rebellious friend Nazrah, youngest and most petulant wife of Prince Bawad of Wasabia, Florence Farfarletti decides to draw a line in the sand. As Deputy to the deputy assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, Florence invents a far-reaching, wide-ranging plan for female emancipation in that part of the world.

The U.S. government, of course, tells her to forget it. Publicly, that is. Privately, she’s enlisted in a top-secret mission to impose equal rights for the sexes on the small emirate of Matar (pronounced “Mutter”), the “Switzerland of the Persian Gulf.” Her crack team: a CIA killer, a snappy PR man, and a brilliant but frustrated gay bureaucrat. Her weapon: TV shows.

The lineup on TV Matar includes A Thousand and One Mornings, a daytime talk show that features self-defense tips to be used against boyfriends during Ramadan; an addictive soap opera featuring strangely familiar members of the Matar royal family; and a sitcom about an inept but ruthless squad of religious police, pitched as “Friends from Hell.”

The result: the first deadly car bombs in the country since 1936, a fatwa against the station’s entire staff, a struggle for control of the kingdom, and, of course, interference from the French. And that’s only the beginning.

A merciless dismantling of both American ineptitude and Arabic intolerance, Florence of Arabia is Christopher Buckley’s funniest and most serious novel yet, a biting satire of how U.S. good intentions can cause the Shiite to hit the fan.


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Review: Florence of Arabia

User Review  - Joe V - Goodreads

This is one of Buckley's earlier books and tackles a touchy subject – the clash between the Arab and American cultures – in a somewhat humorous manner. There are more than a few laugh out loud ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Wood - Goodreads

This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
16
Section 3
26
Section 4
32
Section 5
40
Section 6
45
Section 7
59
Section 8
66
Section 19
140
Section 20
147
Section 21
151
Section 22
158
Section 23
165
Section 24
173
Section 25
183
Section 26
195

Section 9
75
Section 10
83
Section 11
90
Section 12
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Section 13
104
Section 14
109
Section 15
115
Section 16
120
Section 17
127
Section 18
134
Section 27
201
Section 28
206
Section 29
214
Section 30
223
Section 31
230
Section 32
235
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (2007)

CHRISTOPER BUCKLEY is the author of ten books and the founding editor of Forbes FYI magazine, but is proudest of the fact that he recently had a ten-and-a-half-hour lunch with Christopher (no relation) Hitchens. He (Buckley, not Hitchens) was managing editor of Esquire at age 24, and worked as a merchant marine and a White House speechwriter. He was awarded the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, but lost it during the lunch with Hitchens. Florence of Arabia is his first and probably last Middle East comedy.


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