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Culture Shock! Morocco: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Culture Shock! Guides) Paperback – February 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Culture Shock! Guides
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761425020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761425021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Orin Hargraves was born in Denver and grew up in Creede, Colorado. He graduated from the University of Chicago (BA with Honors) in 1977. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in the 1980s. He is the author of three guidebooks in the Culture Shock! series: Morocco, London, and Chicago. He began his career in lexicography while living in London in the early 1990s. He has since written numerous articles and books about language, as well as contributing to dozens of dictionaries from publishers internationally. At present he lives in Niwot, Colorado and conducts research at CU-Boulder in linguistics and natural language processing. He is past president of the Dictionary Society of North America. He writes the monthly "Language Lounge" column for VisualThesaurus.com.

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His insights into Moroccans' attitudes and customs are excellent.
Robert J. Tonos
I read the book in my first 10 days in Morocco and I felt I understood much more was I was seeing, hearing and experiencing.
Guillermo Gutierrez
This is the book I used to prepare for my trip, and it's extremely effective for doing so.
A. Garcia

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Tonos on December 24, 2009
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My wife and I came to live in Morocco, in Rabat, two years ago after I retired from the practice of law in Chicago. I recently reread the book. I enjoyed it even more upon rereading it. The authort approaches Morocco with sympathy and understanding. But at the same time, he does a terrific job of explaining the ways in which Moroccans behave differently from people who have come from an Anglo-Saxon culture. Those differences can be very frustrating for us "Anglo-Saxons." His insights into Moroccans' attitudes and customs are excellent. The analysis he gives is very much in accord with our experiences during the last two years.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dwight R. Wilcox on August 17, 2007
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This book provides a detailed description of modern Moroccan culture for those from Western backgrounds trying to make sense of Moroccan values, behavior, and daily life. The content is explained well and easy to read, although the type face is rather small.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo Gutierrez on February 19, 2009
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I enjoyed every page of this book. From the very complete but to the point review of Morocco's history and cultural foundations to the sectoion on language and helpful words and phrases.

I read the book in my first 10 days in Morocco and I felt I understood much more was I was seeing, hearing and experiencing.

This was my first experience with Culture Shock books and I am definitely interested in reading the volumes on other countries!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. West on May 11, 2011
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We bought his book for our parents before we moved to Morocco. It taught me the lesson that you should always read a book like this before you give it as a gift. My dad was terrified that I was taking my family to Morocco. He was nervous that we would all be taking showers at the public bath and living without toilets.

If someone were to ask you to describe America in one short book it would be quite the difficult undertaking. This review is written with that in mind. I, a Texan, would probably give a totally different picture of America than someone that lives in a city like New York. This book seems to make some pretty broad statements and attempt to cover the whole culture. Morocco is rich with diversity and has a lush village culture and thriving cities. The book has some great info, but keep in mind that it is coming from one perspective. It is impossible to describe a whole culture in such a short book. On any given day I see people in the streets of Morocco that are dirt poor and believe in magic and witch doctors. At the same time there are people in Morocco that are wealthier than any of the people I know in America and have very Western mind sets.

So again, this is a great read and can get you some starting points, but know that it is not a full anthropological guide.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Clay Chaszeyka on August 6, 2009
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I learned a vast amount about Morocco with this, and it gave me a great deal of insight into my relationship with my Moroccan fiancee. However, the author does make some broad statements that do not cover all of Morocco. He seems to write from a Fassi point of view, which is very different from, for example, a Ribati persons sentiments'. There is a large spectrum of difference in Moroccan people. These differences can even be seen between neighboring cities, but for the most part the author captured the general feeling of the culture. I would recommend this before visiting Morocco or just for an interesting look into a very different culture.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Garcia on May 20, 2010
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I'm a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in rural Morocco from 2007-2009. This is the book I used to prepare for my trip, and it's extremely effective for doing so. The author's grasp of the culture, languages, and simply "how Morocco works" will give you a far better appreciation of the country whether you're there for 2 years or just a short visit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carrick on June 27, 2011
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Have just finished reading Cultureshock Morocco and found it to be just what we were looking for. Rich in detail about the country, its people and culture, it will be a valuable guide to anyone travelling to Morocco for work or pleasure.

The book provides a nicely balanced perspective on cultural norms, without passing judgement from a western perspective. It provides pragmatic approaches to some of the challenges that westerners may face to enable them to enjoy their experience at more than a superficial level, and not feel guilty if they do not wish to adopt the romantic sterotype of a culturally immersed foreigner in what is, afterall, a very diverse country.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul M on January 19, 2009
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We like to be respectful when we travel, and this book was very helpful in Morocco, which has a very different culture than our own. I didn't read the book cover to cover, but just glancing through it made our trip better, as we understood more.
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