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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463721730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463721732
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Years ago I went on a holiday to Morocco. This book is very old and was meant as one of the first travelbooks for the country but it was a joy to recognise the things I had seen while visiting. It has a very pleasant style of writing and if you are going to Morocco I would certainly recommend reading it. But also for the armchair traveller a very good and cheap read.
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Wharton's travelogue itself I'd rate 5 stars (I love it!) -- as good as Rebecca West's Black Lamb, Gray Falcon. But the volunteer scanning/encoding for this Kindle edition, what with omission of all the illustrations from the original edition, and some occasional errors in formatting for Kindle, leaves me disappointed: only 3 or even perhaps just 2 stars for that. All told, though, I like it, hence my 4 stars.
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When I first visited Granada,I carried Washington Irving's Tales of the Alhambra and used it almost as a guide book.
Should I ever go to Morocco, I would do the same with Edith Wharton's volume.
Wharton has a reporter's eye coupled with the ability to translate vision into exquisite prose.
IN MOROCCO weaves together history,culture,politics, and travel but moreover, links us to the world of Islam today and helps us realize that some things can never change.
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Beautifully written...she can really conjure up pictures with her words. (A good thing, because the pictures in the book are not included in the Kindle version) It is very interesting to read this book depicting her travels in Morocco around WWI in the light of current Middle East politics. Do our statesmen ever read books like this?
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I'm not only a fan of Wharton's fiction, I think it's important. I had a story to write on Morocco, so I downloaded this and Samuel Levy Bensusan's 'Morocco' to see how much the experience of traveling the country had changed in the century since they wrote their books. They both write about northern Morocco, north of the Atlas, which has changed quite a bit, but southern Morocco -- south of the Atlas -- one encounters the same experiences and incidents Wharton and Bensusan had in the early 1900s. Her eye for detail and insight is no less dim than in her fiction. However, her French favortism -- the idea that French colonialists were a proper civilizing influence on the barbarous natives -- is hard to stomach after a while. Still, worth a read before visiting the country.
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