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

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 rathe

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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 ser

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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


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 with a country and purchased then renovated a centuries old house in Fez Morocco Only able to spend a few months at a time in Morocco a lot of the work had to be done remotely from Australia with a few good friends back in Morocco helping out where they can In between the story of the renovations locating tradesmen a

  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 li

  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

  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 gre

  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 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 compris

  6. says:

    Unusually for me I actually had to force myself to finish this book Other reviewers have cited the author's tone as somethi

  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

  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 r

  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 rat

  10. says:

    I purchased this book to read before our trip to Fez Morocco last month However I only got through the first 3 chapters before we arrived in Fez There was so much to see and do in Morocco I didn't have one minute to pick up this account of an Australian couple who bought a riad in the heart of Fez in the ancient Medina We also stay

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