The deluge of wealth descending upon the fundamentalist desert Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the expropriation of its vast oil reserves in 1973 attracted a surge of Westerners scrambling for contracts to modernize that unrelenting, self-contradictory theocracy. Such a one is the protagonist-narrator of his own destiny unfolded by a patient in an orthopaedic London hospital to the stranger in the next bed, in the 1980s.
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