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In Morocco (Stanfords Travel Classics) Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"The air of the unforseen blows on one from the roadless passes of the Atlas."
"Even the fierce midday sun does not wholly dispel [the haze]-the air remains thick, opalescent, like water slightly clouded by milk."
"Not till two or three years ago was [Rabat] completely pacified; and when it opened its gates to the infidel it was still, as it is today, the type of the untouched Moroccan city-so untouched that, with the sunlight irradiating its cream-coloured walls and blue-white domes above them, it rests on its carpet of rich fruit-gardens like some rare specimen of Arab art on a strip of old Oriental velevt."
"Range after range these translucent hills rose before us, all around the solitude was complete."
"We visited old palaces and new, inhabited and abandoned, and over all lay the same fine dust of oblivion, like the silvery mould on an overripe fruit."
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The criticisms made earlier really miss the value of such a "colorful and textured travel memoir." I know a lot more about the author, now. I found more interesting Wharton's sense of outrage at the religious and social oppression of Moroccan women than her "Orientalism.Read more ›
I remember her descriptions of Morocco and the people being quite fascinating but I don't remember them being racist......maybe, this world of Moroc was so far from the culture she was accustomed. Maybe this book encouraged people to visit and find out for themselves. I loved Morocco and it's people, but I also enjoyed the book back then.
Moroc was the most exciting place I had been as of 2000.
Maybe, we've come a long way, Baby! Let's only hope!
Time and petrol shortages limited her to Rabat-Sale, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakech, with a few brief side trips. Marketing of the book emphasized that she had been inside several harems. It’s true, but her observations from those experiences are mostly limited to how confined and bored the women are; the language barrier made it impossible for her to converse with the women. Despite all that, the book is still a worthwhile read, especially if you’re thinking of visiting Morocco. For me the most interesting part is her clear distinction between the Arab culture and the Berber culture, highlighted by her afternoon in Sefrou. Today's guide books have little to say about that cultural distinction. It may be that the lines have blurred, or maybe it's just that today’s tourist routes are cultural blends of people who cater to tourists.
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Nothing interesting here, some Moroccan history, some architecture, very short, mostly boring.Published 2 months ago by Sandy Thomson
gotta love old travel books, good to look back on time when travel was travel, not just running around on tours.Published 9 months ago by L. Zaner
a little dry, but some of the details about Morocco at that time are interesting --- probably a unique accountPublished 21 months ago by cooking
This book was first published in 1920, yet almost 100 years later, it still is a great read. Wharton's spirit of adventure, her keen eye, and her elegant prose make this a must... Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by journalkeeper
I have not had a chance to read this one yet. However every book that I have read b Edith Wharton have all been great books, so I am really looking forward to reading this one. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Dana R. Stone