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Florence of Arabia - A Novel

Christopher Buckley

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.

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.
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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:

Carrington MacDuffie

Length:

8h 55m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:22


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

01:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:28


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:07


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:23


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:51


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:17


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:09


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:17


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:00


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

01:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:39


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:16


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:49


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:06


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:42


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

01:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:18


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:27


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:00


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:55


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:54


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:26


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:23


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

00:57


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:52


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:29


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:12


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:28


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:33


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:42


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:43


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:14


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:42


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

01:36


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:13


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

02:44


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:54


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:04


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:15


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:43


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:36


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:53


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:16


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:26


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:40


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:15


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:02


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:08


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:30


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

02:54


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:43


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:15


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:16


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:43


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

01:23


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:36


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:29


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:03


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:16


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

02:53


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:44


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

02:51


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:51


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:49


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:16


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

01:47


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:40


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:55


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

02:50


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:15


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

02:22


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

02:43


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

02:46


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

02:33


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

02:07


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:21


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:39


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:22


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

02:55


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:41


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:14


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:25


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:00


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:33


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

02:55


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

02:58


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:30


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

01:29