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In Morocco Paperback – September 17, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1463721732 ISBN-10: 1463721730

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463721730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463721732
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edith Wharton(1862-1937) was born into a distinguished New York family and was educated privately in the United States and abroad. Among her best-known work is Ethan Frome (1911), which is considered her greatest tragic story, The House of Mirth (1905), and The Age of Innocence (1920), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.


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Customer Reviews

Full of very interesting historical anecdotes.
Lal Sen Arjun
Only 4 stars here because the text would have been much enlivened by the original illustrations (contemporaneous photos) that are missing from the Kindle version.
S. Hoge
Although written a century ago, it provides great descriptions of the Moroccan geography, as well as some historical perspective (albeit biased).
Sally T. Clair

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Granny-By-The-Sea on February 17, 2013
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I hesitated when I bought this book, because other reviewers noted Wharton's prejudices but, I thought, it's Edith Wharton. How bad can it be? And as we plan a trip to that part of the world, I thought it would be worth reading. Well, there were pluses and minuses in the book. The greatest plus is Wharton's use of language that conveys the sounds, smells and sights of her adventure. However, she also writes with the attitutes of a time that, thank heaven, is gone - a time when white Americans and Europeans thought how they lived was the only true and proper way. For Wharton, only the French can save Morocco. It's too bad that these pervasive attitudes detract from an otherwise remarkable tale of travel in Morocco right after the First World War, but they do. Approach with caution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sarah ducas on May 10, 2013
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Edith Wharton's vivid description of her journeying through Morocco in 1917 is better than any contemporary guide book. Full of amusing and detailed descriptions of her drive from Tangiers down through Fez and Rabat to Marrakesh, one has to remember the condition of the roads back then and the length of time taken. In addition it gives a detailed history of the country and its rich Islamic heritage. The bazaars in Fez remain today as mysterious and crowded with their tanneries, silk and rugs, chickens and donkeys as they were almost a hundred years ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Hoge on December 9, 2011
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I'm not sure it's fair to judge Edith Wharton's turn-of-the-20th-century impressions of Morocco with our turn-of-the-21st-century moral and political sensibilities.

That being said, I found this to be a fascinating account of the culture and geography of many places that I've personally visited in Morocco, and I found the contrast with my own contemporary impressions extremely valuable. Her accurate - if judgemental - rendition of an essentially feudal society that existed in such proximity to "modern" Europe barely 100 years ago is amazing. I haven't read anything else by Edith Wharton - even Ethan Frome! - but I'm motivated now to read more of her work and find out more about her apparently exceptional life.

Only 4 stars here because the text would have been much enlivened by the original illustrations (contemporaneous photos) that are missing from the Kindle version. I just may buy it in print.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Michael on May 22, 2013
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I loved Wharton's descriptions of Morocco. I think it might be better to read the history overviews at the end of the book first though, and definitely make sure your edition includes the illustrations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sally T. Clair on February 12, 2013
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Although written a century ago, it provides great descriptions of the Moroccan geography, as well as some historical perspective (albeit biased). But what I like most about it was the reminder of the vivid descriptive writer of an earlier time. Her words are wonderfully melodic.
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I haven't read any of her books before, but I am going to look for more. She paints with her words, and images emerge with each line-a tower springs up, yellow slippers on a foot. I am getting an image of Morocco painted before my eyes

Agree with the previous viewer that there are references to illustrations but they aren't in the paperback version either, but I have decided I don't need them as she is creating them for me, and I am noticing more than I probably would with an illustration
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