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- Publication date : December 19, 2013
- File size : 1233 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Secretum Mundi Publishing (December 19, 2013)
- Print length : 314 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00HFRZPEW
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #991,273 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For those of us who have not travelled to Morocco this is also a great guide for the armchair traveller, particularly because the author's knowledge of this country is authentic - he has lived in Casablanca for some years and imparts a 'flavour' to the book that the casual tourist never could. This is definitely a book which I will re-read because, like all of Tahir Shah's books, there are little nuggets of gold often missed in the first read. Regardless of genre, Tahir is, in my opinion, a Master Storyteller! I highly recommend this book.
Everyone seems to be on a collusion course with a destiny they never antipicated.
The cast of characters includes a hopeless dreamer at a dead-end job and the end of his rope; a pampered debuttante who rails at the servants in her Jimmy Choos; a father who is so exasperated he sets his daughter down in the middle of the worst section of Casablanca, and a piano player who was set to the knife in a butchering sex change operation.
Ghita and Blaine Williams are the odd couple who must somehow find the resources, both internal and external, to rescue Ghita's father.
This exciting new book by Tahir Shah is a page-turner for sure, but it is also a mystery, a thriller, an adventure; and somewhere in there, probably a great movie script.
Everyone in this book is changed by the experiences they go through.
If Tahir Shah has been building a bridge between East and West, then in this tale you might say, he has taken us on an imaginative adventure across the bridge and into a world where our shared humanity shines like a hidden diamond.
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If you are undecided about whether to buy this book, I recommend a visit to its website. This can be accessed through Tahir Shah's main website, tahirshah.com. It contains an extract of the narrative and photographs of the city as it is now, and as it was seventy years ago when the movie 'Casablanca' was made. You can read articles written by Tahir about Casablanca and watch videos he made, and there are several short clips from the movie. You could not ask for a more delicious taster.
'Casablanca Blues' is a book which invites you to re-read it, and this I did. Once I was no longer preoccupied with discovering what twists and turns the story would take, I was able to delight in the magical writing, where a city and country are brought to vibrant life with an amazing economy of words. Reading the book slowly, a chapter at a time, allows you to reach a different level where you realise that Blaine, the American hero is a seeker, dissatisfied with life as he has experienced it. Casablanca is the human mind, a spirited place where knowledge and wisdom can be found. The tunnels beneath the city are the Unconscious.
Tahir Shah is not restricted to the insights of Western psychology. He is also immersed in the psychology of the East and has his finger firmly on the pulse of modern life. This enables him to write a book which is subtly, but very powerfully therapeutic.
Ghita and Blaine, both in what seem to be unpromising circumstances: one in a miserable job and apartment, eating miserable food, whose best offering is a purple painting executed by his poor girl friend, his hope the film Casablanca, and the other in a miserable rich kid mind set, her hope her father. The pair of them, Ghita in high heels and hopelessly heavy suit case are forced out of their cubby holes and into a maelstrom. I read it into two nights, unable to blow out the candle. As it says in the text, detail is the thing. One might add in which is buried the narration of the king. It reads lightly, a Tommy and Tuppence, except that CORRUPTION torture murder are grim handmaidens. To paraphrase a rough approximation of something heard on the radio about architecture: there are multiple vanishing points in this novel. A small space encloses a much larger space.