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Ott 26, 2009, 9:43 am

I will be traveling to several places in Morocco in a few weeks and would like to do read some travel lit before visiting. Would appreciate suggestions...

Ott 26, 2009, 10:53 am

Look at my "location - africa - north africa" tag and there should be some in there...

Ott 26, 2009, 2:56 pm

I just finished Tahir Shah's The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca. It was absolutely terrific and will certainly give you a flavor of the people. Watch out for the djinns.

Ott 26, 2009, 2:58 pm

I second the Tahir Shah book- I wish that I had read it before I went to Morocco!

Ott 28, 2009, 3:56 am

I suggest Paul Bowles Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue Scenes from the Non Christin World

Ott 28, 2009, 7:42 am

Thanks, all, for the suggestions. Will be looking them up...

Has anybody read Edith Wharton's In Morocco? I'm also interested to know a bit about the country's history, any recommendations will be welcome.

Nov 2, 2009, 6:18 am

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In a similar vein, read This Christmas Moroccan Madness Travel Memoir Stealing Fatima's Hand

This Christmas Vox Humana Books will be releasing Carolyn A. Thériault's new and
exciting travel memoir: "Stealing Fatima’s Hand – A Moroccan Sojourn"

Release Date: Stealing Fatima’s Hand
ISBN: 978-965-7504-00-0 338 pages
For review copies, please contact: Philip Hyams: publisher@voxhumana-

In addition to being an invaluable travel resource - Stealing Fatima’s
Hand is an unforgettable collection of interconnected narratives
presenting an alternative view of Morocco – a country not of
labyrinthine alleys, Kasbahs, and smoky tea rooms – but a more madcap
Morocco, one left to be discovered after all the coach tours depart.

Unconventional and candid – Stealing Fatima’s Hand stands out as an
irreverent black sheep in the literary travel genre, succeeding in
undoing for Morocco everything that Peter Mayle has done for Provence.
The book spans two years of Carolyn’s experiences in Rabat, where with
humor and honesty she struggles with Moroccan bureaucracy, sexual
harassment, the threat of terrorism, devious students, randy co-
teachers, and the temptation of having French pastries washed down
with gin and tonics for every meal. All this in a country, where apart
from her, the only vegetarians are the sheep and the goats.

Modificato: Dic 4, 2009, 10:15 am

'A Ride in Morocco' by Frances Macnab written in 1902.

'Morocco and the Moors' by Arthur Leared written in 1896.

'Morocco Its People and Places' by Edmondo De Amicis written in 1882.

'The Land of the Moors' by Budgett Meakin written in 1901.

You could try any of these to get a flavor of old Morocco.

I'm not sure how available they are in paperback, Darf Publishers in the UK have hardcover facsimile editions though they can be a bit expensive (but very nice)

Gen 27, 2010, 7:36 am

I just finished reading "Stealing Fatima´s Hand". As the author says, it´s an un-travel guide but is nonetheless an excellent pre-read for anyone planning on visiting Morocco (and presumably North Africa), and for the armchair traveller as well. A very very funny read: a cheeky and honest portrayal (It doesn´t sugar-coat anything) of a woman coping with life overseas.

Feb 27, 2010, 11:30 pm

A Handful of Honey: Away to the Palm Groves of Morocco and Algeria by Annie Hawes contains encounters (friendships made) with real people, not just casual tourist encounters.

Mar 3, 2010, 2:06 am

How about "Stolen Lives" by Malika Oukfir, a true account of her and her family's imprisonment for 20 years due to her father's politics.

Mar 3, 2010, 6:06 pm

A Street in Marrakech by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea. At least one of Paul Bowles stories will scare the bejesus out of you! Enjoy the wonderful food. Eat anything with preserved lemons in it.