I have to tell you that the movie seems to have become the target of Saudis all over the world who claim that it is an unfair representation of their country. I also have to tell you that I doubt that a National Book Award Finalist book would be subject to the same charges unless perhaps the book were a deliberate farce or satire that offended those searching for a reason to be offended. I have not read the book, so I can't speak to how closely the movie script follows the plot of the novel, but I'm definitely interested now in seeing the movie so that I can judge for myself whether the unhappy Saudis have a real gripe, or are simply embarrassed about certain aspects of their culture and country being exposed via a more liberal point of view than their own. We'll see.
Too, I also plan to find a copy of the Dave Eggers novel for my TBR stack, so this is a twofer.
Movies for Readers No. 23