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In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams
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Tahir Shahs The Caliphs House, describing his first year in Casablanca, was hailed by critics and compared to such travel classics as A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun. Now Shah takes us deeper into the heart of this exotic and magical land to uncover mysteries that have been hidden from Western eyes for centuries.…
In this entertaining and penetrating book, Tahir sets out on a bold new journey across Morocco that becomes an adventure worthy of the mythical Arabian Nights.
As he wends his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakesh, traverses the Sahara sands, and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, Tahir collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, gleaned from the heritage of A Thousand and One Nights. The tales, recounted by a vivid cast of characters, reveal fragments of wisdom and an oriental way of thinking that is both enthralling and fresh. A link in the chain of scholars and teachers who have passed these stories down for centuries like a baton in a relay race, Shah reaches layers of culture that most visitors hardly realize exist, and eventually discovers the story living in his own heart.
Along the way he describes the colors, characters, and the passion of Morocco, and comes to understand why it is such an enchanting land. From master masons who labor only at night to Sufi wise men who write for soap operas, and Tuareg guides afflicted by reality TV, In Arabian Nights takes us on an unforgettable journey, shining a light on facets of a society that are normally left in darkness.
Book News Annotation:
British travel writer Shah continues his description of Morocco, where he lives in Casablanca with his wife and children. Among the sights are the markets of Fez and Marrakesh, the Sahara, and the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans. Throughout are traditional stories he has collected on his journeys. He does not include an index. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Tahir Shah was born into an Anglo-Afghan family with roots in the mountain stronghold of the Hindu Kush. His eleven books have chronicled a series of fabulous journeys. He lives with his wife and two children in Casablanca.
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