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Florence of Arabia - A Novel

Christopher Buckley

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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patricia Kalember

Length:

5h 38m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:15