EBOOK DOWNLOAD A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco AUTHOR Suzanna Clarke

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  • 320
  • A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco
  • Suzanna Clarke
  • English
  • 17 July 2019
  • 9780091925222

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Characters ï A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ts original splendour using only traditional craftsmen and handmade materials But they soon found that trying to do business in Fez was like being transported back several centuries in time and so began the remarkable experience that veered between frustration hilarity and moments of pure exhilarationBut restoring the riad was only part of their immersion in the rich and colourful life of this ancient city A House in Fez is a journey in. I decided to read this book because we were thinking about traveling to Morocco in the fall and I wanted to get excited about the trip This book had the exact opposite effect I m certain it was unintentional but the author made Morocco sound really unappealing She obviously enjoys living there but completely failed at conveying why she does I also found the author to be very whiny The book was mostly comprised of complaints about how difficult it was to renovate this house I know that living in a construction zone can be challenging but she wasn t doing it herself She had a team of 18 workers doing the actual work Do not read this book if you are considering a trip to Morocco

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Characters ï A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free When Suzanna Clarke and her husband bought a dilapidated house in the Moroccan town of Fez their friends thought they were mad Located in a maze of donkey trod alleyways the house a traditional riad was beautiful but in desperate need of repair Walls were in danger of collapse the plumbing non existent While neither Suzanna nor her husband spoke Arabic and had only a smattering of French they were determined to restore the building to i. An pleasant enough read travel lit lite and as a fellow expat living in Morocco I m a Peace Corps Volunteer serving here I can empathize with some of Clarke s frustrations but like many of the other commenters I was struck by how little interaction Clarke really had with MoroccoHer primary social group was almost entirely made up of foreigners and the only Moroccans she regularly interacted with were her employees or the two women she formed fraught and uneual relationships with While Clarke was enad with Morocco and was generally positive about Moroccan culture she made no effort to learn the language meaning she could only interact with Moroccans who spoke English or French meaning she only could speak with Moroccans who were educated enough to speak three or languages She does mentions a few Arabic words but some of them are translated incorrectly and almost all of them are spelled that makes me think she s mispronouncing them badly She talks about her worries about being part of a colonizing force but also chose to study French the language of the colonistsI was surprised by some of the topics she didn t mention or glossed over especially Islam which is such a fundamental and integral part of Moroccan life that it s impossible to really understand Morocco or Moroccans without taking it into accountThe one bright spot of the book was when she took a trip to Sefrou the town I m currently living in and visited the su that s right next to my house I don t think I ve ever had a book intersect with my real life uite that dramatically A House in Fez is ultimately a pleasant enough read about a restoration project and expat life in Morocco but not a real look at Moroccan culture

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Characters ï A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free To Moroccan culture revealing its day to day rhythms its customs and festivals; its history Islam and Sufi rituals; the lore of djinns and spirits; the vibrant life filled market places and the irresistible Moroccan cuisine And above all into the lives of the people warm friendly and hospitableBeautifully descriptive and infused with an extraordinary sense of place this is a compelling account of one couple's adventures in ancient Moroc. I was very disappointed in this book I recently read The Caliph s House about restoring a traditional house in Casablanca The problem is not that this book about restoring a traditional house in Fez or F s is too similar to the other but rather that it is so inferior in style and flavor The most annoying thing for me was that that author continually talks about how much each thing costs Prices amounts of dirhams and how every Moroccan is always cheating the Australian author and her husband if you deleted all these from the book it would lose half its pages In contrast the author of the other book was also cheated and also overpaid for things and sometimes mentioned prices but his story never seemed like an accounts ledger This one very nearly didThe worse thing stylistically is too much telling and not enough showing the fatal downfall of storytelling We are constantly being told that someone is kind or gentle or this or that but we rarely get to see anyone being themselves This too is a great contrast to the other book I couldn t help feeling like these two Australians really were the new colonizers of Morocco with most of their contacts and dinner party companions being other foreigners who have come to live part time in Fez buying up houses in the car free Medina and restoring them Most of their interactions with Moroccan people are as employers hiring cleaners and plumbers and plasterers to work on their houses or dealing with clerks and officials in the frustrating uest to get the reuired building permits I did learn some interesting things about the history of Morocco and its architecture although the author inserts these interludes clumsily among the tedious accounts about how much money she had to pay this person and that person again and again Pride and Prejudice vibrant life filled market places and the irresistible Moroccan cuisine And above all into the lives of the people warm friendly and hospitableBeautifully descriptive and infused with an extraordinary sense of place this is a compelling account of one couple's adventures in ancient Moroc. I was Poppy Pym and the Smugglers Secret Poppy Pym #3 very disappointed in this book I recently read The Caliph s House about restoring a traditional house in Casablanca The problem is not that this book about restoring a traditional house in Fez or F s is too similar to the other but rather that it is so inferior in style and flavor The most annoying thing for me was that that author continually talks about how much each thing costs Prices amounts of dirhams and how every Moroccan is always cheating the Australian author and her husband if you deleted all these from the book it would lose half its pages In contrast the author of the other book was also cheated and also overpaid for things and sometimes mentioned prices but his story never seemed like an accounts ledger This one Retribution Knights of the Board Room #45 very nearly didThe worse thing stylistically is too much telling and not enough showing the fatal downfall of storytelling We are constantly being told that someone is kind or gentle or this or that but we rarely get to see anyone being themselves This too is a great contrast to the other book I couldn t help feeling like these two Australians really were the new colonizers of Morocco with most of their contacts and dinner party companions being other foreigners who have come to live part time in Fez buying up houses in the car free Medina and restoring them Most of their interactions with Moroccan people are as employers hiring cleaners and plumbers and plasterers to work on their houses or dealing with clerks and officials in the frustrating uest to get the reuired building permits I did learn some interesting things about the history of Morocco and its architecture although the author inserts these interludes clumsily among the tedious accounts about how much money she had to pay this person and that person again and again