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  • Title: In the Kingdom of Men
  • Author: Kim Barnes
  • ISBN: 9780307273390
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the Kingdom of Men By Kim Barnes Here is the first thing you need to know about me I m a barefoot girl from red dirt Oklahoma, and all the marble floors in the world will never change that.Here is the second thing that young woman they pulled from the Arabian shore, her hair tangled with mangrove my husband didn t kill her, not the way they say he did 1967 Gin Mitchell knows a better life awaits hHere is the first thing you need to know about me I m a barefoot girl from red dirt Oklahoma, and all the marble floors in the world will never change that.Here is the second thing that young woman they pulled from the Arabian shore, her hair tangled with mangrove my husband didn t kill her, not the way they say he did 1967 Gin Mitchell knows a better life awaits her when she marries hometown hero Mason McPhee Raised in a two room shack by her Oklahoma grandfather, a strict Methodist minister, Gin never believed that someone like Mason, a handsome college boy, the pride of Shawnee, would look her way And nothing can prepare her for the world she and Mason step into when he takes a job with the Arabian American Oil company in Saudi Arabia In the gated compound of Abqaiq, Gin and Mason are given a home with marble floors, a houseboy to cook their meals, and a gardener to tend the sandy patch out back Even among the veiled women and strict laws of shariah, Gin s life has become the stuff of fairy tales She buys her first swimsuit, she pierces her ears, and Mason gives her a glittering diamond ring But when a young Bedouin woman is found dead, washed up on the shores of the Persian Gulf, Gin s world closes in around her, and the one person she trusts is nowhere to be found Set against the gorgeously etched landscape of a country on the cusp of enormous change, In the Kingdom of Men abounds with sandstorms and locust swarms, shrimp peddlers, pearl divers, and Bedouin caravans a luminous portrait of life in the desert Award winning author Kim Barnes weaves a mesmerizing, richly imagined tale of Americans out of their depth in Saudi Arabia, a marriage in peril, and one woman s quest for the truth, no matter what it might cost her.
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    1. Kim Barnes

      I was born in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1958, and one week later, I returned with my mother to our small line shack on Orofino Creek, where my father worked as a gyppo logger The majority of my childhood was spent with my younger brother, Greg, in the isolated settlements and cedar camps along the North Fork of Idaho s Clearwater River I was the first member of my family to attend college I hold a BA in English from Lewis Clark State College, an MA in English from Washington State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana In the Wilderness Coming of Age in Unknown Country, my first memoir, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, received a PEN Jerard Fund Award, and was awarded a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award My second memoir, Hungry for the World, was a Borders Books New Voices Selection I am the author of three novels Finding Caruso A Country Called Home, winner of the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction and named a Best Book of 2008 by The Washington Post, Kansas City Star, and The Oregonian Northwest and In the Kingdom of Men, a story set in 1960s Saudi Arabia, listed among the Best Books of 2012 by San Francisco Chronicle and The Seattle Times.I have co edited two anthologies Circle of Women An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers with Mary Clearman Blew , and Kiss Tomorrow Hello Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty Five Women Over Forty with Claire Davis My essays, poems, and stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The New York Times, WSJ online, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Good Housekeeping, Oprah Magazine, MORE Magazine, and the Pushcart Prize anthology I am a former Idaho Writer in Residence and teach in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Idaho I have three grown children, one dog, one cat, and live with my singular husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.

    873 thoughts on “In the Kingdom of Men”

    1. Wow This book starts so well Ginny s voice as narrator is alive and engaging, her childhood is intriguing, there s the promise of a mystery concerning a drowned woman But the liveliness doesn t last Ginny is a self centered character who is near impossible to like and the mystery takes forever to get going before being resolved in a sketchy way without any real answers.The story is about Ginny s experience living in a compound in Saudi Arabia in 1967 while her husband works for an Arab American [...]


    2. Based on the awesome first paragraph of this book, I really had high hopes for it But I really didn t like how the heroine of the story transformed so quickly into a booze guzzling housewife, and I found myself bored about halfway through and struggled to finish it The first paragraph discusses that her husband was accused of murder, but the murder doesn t happen until the very end of the book and it feels like the author was desperate to wrap things up quickly, because it was a rushed and very [...]


    3. So I m a little confused about how I feel about this novel, being unsure if I enjoyed it or not, and thats quite an unusual feeling having just read a book I normally know what I think and find it easy to say if I like it or not, but this has confused me.The novel follows Gin McPhee and her husband Mason as they move from middle America to Arabia in the early days of oil drilling in the Gulf As Mason is away for long periods on the rig, Gin has to adjust to life as an American wife in an Islamic [...]


    4. This is a novel about Aramco, the oil company in Saudi Arabia with which I was an oil wife for five years The story takes place in the late 1960s, about 12 years before my time It is set in Abqaiq, where I lived for three months So everything about it was really familiar to me.The author does a very good job of describing life in an oil camp, and the odd sense of danger one feels most of the time while living in the Kingdom She has great details Sometimes I felt like she was overwriting, in that [...]


    5. The first two sentences of In the Kingdom of Men give us a portrait of the narrator and the mystery she sets out to reveal Here is the first thing you need to know about me I m a barefoot girl from red dirt Oklahoma, and all the marble floors in the world will never change that Here is the second thing that young woman they pulled from the Arabian shore, her hair tangled with mangrove my husband didn t kill her, not the way they say he did It s a powerful opening, one of the finest I ve read In [...]


    6. I was so excited to read this one after I had downloaded the sample And in the beginning, this story of a poor Oklahoma girl who marries and moves to Saudi Arabia with her oil worker husband, really sang Virginia Mae McPhee Gin is the daughter of strong women Her grandmother walks out on her preacher grandfather to make a better life for herself and her own daughter, Gin s mother Gin lives with these two female influences until both her mother and grandmother die At that point, she is forced to [...]


    7. I got pulled into this story right away On the surface, it s a kind of Mad Men Meets Aramco 1967 Americans drinking cocktails in an expat compound in Saudi Arabia The book is well researched, and author captures well the expat lifestyle of isolation, over indulgence busybody expat women.I had been hesitant to read this book because the author had never been to Saudi Arabia I did find the Arab character Abdullah and the Indian cook Yash to be both be off in behavior and especially in language Thi [...]


    8. I saw this book described as Mad Men meets The Sheltering Sky I ve never actually read The Sheltering Sky, or watched Mad Men, but I m pretty sure I get the gist If this means it s American optimism and hubris in the Middle East meets midcentury modern style, killer clothes and sexism, then yes, that is just what this is The writing is very nice, and there is a great thread of tension throughout that keeps the pages moving quickly, but everything takes a back seat to the mesmerizing setting I ac [...]


    9. Hmmmt entirely sure what to say about this one Parts of it were really interesting, about living in an oil camp in Saudi Arabia, but much of the story felt unbelievable and contrived I didn t understand the main characters actions at times, and it was hard to know what she actually felt for the men in her life husband, house boy, driver, and grandfather And then the lack of conclusione opening lines set it up to be almost a mysterybut it doesn t deliver Ultimately, it s an okay read, but not one [...]


    10. Virginia Gin Mitchell is a dreamer but life on a rural Oklahoma farm in 1968 is no fairy tale world, especially with a fundamentalist grandfather who finds infraction of religious law at every turn When she ends up pregnant by local boy Mason McPhee, Gin is shunned and finds herself no better off in her new life with her new husband in Houston, TX Impoverished and desperate to improve their situation, Mason takes a job overseas with an oil company, one located in the arid and isolated deserts of [...]


    11. I find it hard to rate this book I recently heard the author read the first paragraph on the Diane Rehm Show and I don t feel that the subsequent story met its goal with regard to the mystery of the dead sister of Abdullah Perhaps this is due to the confusing plot that I found hard to follow, when Gin s husband went off in search of truth and justice, as well as the amount of time it took to introduce the sister of Abdullah Or maybe the point was to show just how incredibly naive and foolish Gin [...]


    12. I really enjoyed this book and thought the language writing was absolutely breathtaking at times There were a few times when the story lost me or made some leaps that I maybe wasn t ready as the reader to make, but that didn t detract from the fact that it was a book that I was eager to read and finish I found the cultural aspects of it fascinating, and the commentary on big business apropos, where profits come before people Unlike some other reviewers I thought the character of Gin was well dev [...]


    13. I picked this book up at random at the library and was very pleasantly surprised The writing is incredible and I ve added the author to my list of people to keep an eye out for the story was good as far as the characters go I felt keenly Gin s rebellious nature and how her upbringing in a fundamentalist Pentacostal home impacted how she viewed her life as a wife at loose ends in a compound in Saudi Arabia I also felt the genuine connection between her and her husband, regardless of the nature of [...]


    14. I am not sorry I read this I felt I learned a little about the Arab American relationship concerning oil in spite of our friendship with Israel I did not dislike Gin and the character development specifically within her marital relationship love loss At one point there was mention of the garden of Eden Women s curiosity got us booted from the garden, but was it because we sinned or because we would have eventually eaten from the tree of life as well Within the context of the story, I was impress [...]


    15. A brilliant piece of story telling, Ms Barnes bravo A chilling story of naive Americans abroad, of women asked to be silent and unseeing one time too many, and of the towering power of kings and their money The tale was a compelling one for me having lived abroad as a young woman and been witness to my own foolhardiness in the face of assuming certain cultural behaviors, to the dilemmas of living with domestic help for the first time and to experiencing the combination of freedom and isolation a [...]


    16. This is a truly enjoyable book that takes you away in time and place Arabia in the 1960s at the height of the US Arab collaboration to extract oil from the desert and the lives of those people living in that very foreign land How easy to get caught up in the lifelike story of Gin, a young bride struggling to find her way in the world I loved this book until the end I can t say I liked the ending much Seemed as though the writer lost her way just as the character did Still a great read.


    17. I enjoyed this book a lot First of all, the main character Virginia Mae, was intriguing This book really was about the education of Gin Secondly, I had never read a book where Saudi Arabia and the oil fields in the early 1970 s was the setting attention keeping Lastly, I enjoyed how Barnes wrapped the story up denouement.


    18. Gin McPhee grew up in poverty, with a strict grandfather who preached and taught her the consequences of sin Almost to her disbelief, Gin finds herself escaping her life and married to Mason, a former prom king who gives up a scholarship to Oklahoma State when she finds herself pregnant and gets a job in oil Houston is replaced by Saudi Arabia and Gin finds mending and making do replaced by living in the luxury compound run by the Arabian American Oil Company.It is 1967, but things have changed [...]


    19. The cover for this book shows a woman s hands neatly folded, the neails perfect, the clothing tasteful, but there is no face The book introduces us to Virginia Gin McPhee who only wants to know It takes places in 1970, just when women s liberation was getting started It was a time when an employer could ask when you were planning to get pregnant After losing both her grandmother who left her husband as a young woman and raised Gin s mother alone and her mother, Gin is sent to live with that same [...]


    20. Gin and Mason McPhee leave their dirt poor pasts behind for an opportunity to live in a protected community in Saudi Arabi in the 1960 s, under the arm of the real life company that existed at that time known as Aramco The company gives them a palatial home with a dedicated and trusted houseboy The community has everything they need Recreation center with a pool, schools, hospital, and police force Mason works on a platform rig on the sea, and is gone for two weeks, then home for two Gin finds t [...]


    21. Born dirt poor in Oklahoma and raised by a Bible strict grandfather, Gin Mitchell trades her dilapidated cage for a gilded one when her young husband takes a job with Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia It s 1967 and Mason is an admirer of Martin Luther King, Jr and fearless believer in doing what s right, which earns him respect but also enemies in a company whose policies dictate that native brown skinned workers are necessarily inferior Stuck inside the luxurious home and walled comp [...]


    22. Focusing mainly on the concept of freedom for women in the 1960 s, and set in both dirt poor Oklahoma and in oil rich Saudi Arabia, the conclusion drawn is that essentially freedom was an illusion Throughout the book the reader is encouraged to see the similarities between the roles of women and slaves servants in the new state created out of the sand by American oil companies This story seems to form a solid basis for contemporary readings of the relationships between America and the oil produc [...]


    23. This novel by Kim Barnes takes place in 1967 in Oklahoma where Ginny McPhee is being raised in a two room shack by her grandfather after her mother died The grandfather is a strict Methodist minister who keeps Gin under extreme control which leads her to escape one night, have sex with the local basketball star and find herself pregnant When her husband finds a job with an Arabian American Oil Company, they move to Saudi Arabia where they move into a house that includes marble floors and a house [...]


    24. Lawrence of Arabia, Arabian nights, I remember reading so much history centering on Arabia that when I saw this book I knew it was one I had to read.In the 1960 s Gin McPhee finds herself, with her husband in Saudi Arabia when her husband finds work with the Saudi American oil company Aramco Ginny who was raised, after the unfortunate demise of her mother and grandmother, in Oklahoma by her often punishing grandfather, who was a Pentecostal minister They live in an American compound, strictly gu [...]


    25. This one is the real deal Kim Barnes writes a drop dead gorgeous novel set in 1967 Arabia Narrator Virginia Gin McPhee is a dirt poor orphan from rural Oklahoma who winds up in one of the Americanized oil compounds in the Saudi desert with her high school sweetheart, Mason The education of Mrs Gin that takes place once she arrives in this exotic and paradoxical place is languorous, poignant, cringe inducing, and violent by turns Barnes successfully fuses a captivating fiction narrative with hist [...]


    26. LOVED this book best book I ve read in a long time It s the story of a young woman figuring out who she is and what she wants At times she seemed selfish and impatient to me and I had to keep reminding myself that she is 18 19 years old and was brought up in extreme poverty and religious austerity So when she and her husband arrive overseas and he works 2 week tours at a time, she is left to figure out what to do with herself She can t do housework because that would put out her houseboy who mig [...]


    27. Haunting, exotic, perplexing, compellingI was strangely drawn to this book, thinking of it when I wasn t reading Imagine 1960 s Saudi Arabia, a young woman from Oklahoma raised by her conservative and religious grandfather, married young to her sweetheart who quits college and gets a job on an oil rig Life in Arabia is like living in a silk prison, but in some ways Gin McPhee has freedoms than she did in OK She begins to discover who she is, taking risks, cutting her hair, pushing the boundarie [...]


    28. This book is a huge disappointment Potential readers should not be taken in by the statements found on the inside cover of the book jacket that identify the first and second things we supposedly need to know about the main character As other reviewers have said, this story reads like an episode of Madmen than an insightful attempt to describe either Middle Eastern culture or the complex relationships between eastern and western culture Both the author reviews and book jacket intro paint a vastl [...]


    29. Virginia lived a life of dark oppression beginning in her childhood and following her as a corporate wife in Saudi Arabia, and thereafter Unexpectedly, the imagery in Saudi Arabia, while taking place in blinding desert sun, was confining In addition to a tyrannical culture and people, the activities and even objects and of everyday life seemed to close in She tries to break free, but cannot until an unexplained tragic event occurs This was a somewhat dark and apprehensive read I loved it.


    30. I really enjoyed reading this and I would give it 5 stars for enjoyment I gave it four stars though because I felt the main character didn t stay in character or perhaps her arc was not fully developed I also felt hollow at an ending with no resolution I understand what the author was trying to go for in her theme what knowledge women possess and what knowledge and power men withhold from them but PLEASE I came to love the character in question as much as she did and I need closure of some sort


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