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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. Not impressive as travel writing goes Clarke is neither patient nor humorous enough to pull it off and is rather ungraceful in dealing with unforeseen issues with buying a house and living in a foreign country Understandable but makes for a boringannoying book

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A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco

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

review A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco

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 Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers you are considering a trip to Morocco


10 thoughts on “A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco

  1. says:

    Suzanna Clarke is a reporter for the Brisbane Courier and in A HOUSE IN FEZ she relates how she and her husband fell in love

  2. says:

    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 inte

  3. says:

    I wish there were stars 5 does not seem enough for this book History culture through an outsider's eyes home restoration and the human connection that makes the world go 'round This book will fuel my day dreams for years to come

  4. says:

    I liked this book and part of me wants to give it another star because it is about Morocco a country I love deeply but I at this point I just have to keep it at three starts It was a good enough read but not as great as other books out there that are similar not that you shouldn't read this to get of a glimpse o

  5. says:

    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 m

  6. says:

    Unusually for me I actually had to force myself to finish this book Other reviewers have cited the author's tone as something of a turn off As a freuent visitor to the Middle East I'm familiar with the frustrations that Ms Clarke expresses Why

  7. says:

    Not impressive as travel writing goes Clarke is neither patient nor humorous enough to pull it off and is rather ungraceful in dealing with unforeseen issues with buying a house and living in a foreign country Understandable but makes for a boringannoying book

  8. says:

    I started reading this book to get a cultural glimpse of Fez prior to my trip to Morocco I stopped reading a little past midway through as I wanted to savor and experience the culture before finishing I loved the real life adventures Suzanna and her husband Sandy encountered while shopping for and renovating their riad in Fez They encounter a lively cast of characters who have you laughing out loud and shaking your head She desc

  9. says:

    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 Fès is too similar to the other but rather that it is so inferior in style and flavor The most annoying thing

  10. says:

    I purchased this book to read before our trip to Fez Morocco last month However I only got through the first 3 c

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