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In Morocco Paperback – January 28, 2013
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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."
Keep a pencil with you and mark your own passages.
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." Any decent biography about the "Great Emancipator," Abraham Lincoln, reveals statements and positions on race which are abhorrent today. Human beings are rather complex, aren't we? Wharton herslf didn't even have the right to vote in the U. S. until several years after her visits to the harems she descries near the end of this short travelogue.
There is much to learn from eye-witness accounts even with some danger that they might offend our current sensibilities. Western attitudes may (I stress that word) have changed quite a bit since 1918 but I notice that virtually all the mosques in Morocco are still closed to non-moslems.
The beauty of the work speaks for itself and all the rest is best left to its own merit. Read this book if you have any interest in going to Morocco, or in getting a glimpse into the mindset and skill of a great author, or a feel for time and place.
punctuation, redundant chapter headings -- as if no one proof read this. Very disappointing.
How fascinating to have seen Morocco at this time! Adds richness and depth to this modern traveler's understanding.