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Stealing Fatima's Hand Paperback – February 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Vox Humana Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9657504007
  • ISBN-13: 978-9657504000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,828,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn Theriault presents a boisterous account of a stay in Morocco, where she taught English for two years in the capital, Rabat.
This is a fearlessly honest book focussing on the many things she didn't like. In which other book can one find mention of the unique- and to a westerner, insane- positioning of Moroccan traffic lights?
Unlike other authors who dutifully trot out details of ancient history, Ms. Theriault only dips into the past in the last 20 pages to help underline her negative response to Moroccans. (There is no report of any "social" contact with them.)
She manages to dilute her aversion to this foreign culture somewhat with the buffoonery of her literary style/persona (her real self?), and her rant works to a certain extent due to her powers of observation, but her distaste for their way of life keeps her from entering in any meaningful way into Moroccan reality. She does admit, however, that she did like the weather, the bread and the greasy doughnuts.
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Have you ever picked up something and expected one thing and then get something totally different? Honestly, I don't know what I expected from this book, but what I got was a trip to a place I have only dreamed about. Stealing Fatima's Hand is absolutely hilarious and at the same time heartwarming. Carolyn Thériault is quite a storyteller. Her escapades and adventures are enchanting and a little disturbing in their candor. As a brand new international traveler, I can tell you that remembering my recent trip to Pakistan, I found myself laughing nearly to the point of tears while nodding right along with many of her mishaps and experiences. Whether you've ever been anywhere or not, I highly recommend this book. It's one adventure not to be missed.
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I started this book unsure of what to expect but the title intrigued me, and I love reading about new places. I was immediately drawn into this book. The author is very talented and manages to create a novel with an interesting story as well as describe Morocco in many different ways. I love her imagery and her detailed descriptions of places, feelings and events.

The story focuses on the journey of a young woman who decides to leave her comfortable life and travel to Morocco. She wants to experience new things and is lured by the need for adventure and excitement. She seems to get more than she bargains for and the reader will see how she adapts to such a widely different place and culture. You will enjoy joining Carolyn on her journey and you will also finish the novel with a deeper understanding of life in Morocco both good and bad.
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Stealing Fatima's Hand must be a self-published book, as I can't imagine any professional editor or reputable publishing house passing on this collection of negative, self-centered travel anecdotes to the reading public. We learn all about everything that this young author finds distasteful about Morocco, Moroccan food, Moroccan men, Islam, her companions, her job, and sometimes even herself. Every experience she had, apparently, was appalling, usually because she was unable to completely control the situation herself and had to interact with others. I can't imagine why she stayed there for more than a month, given her evident dissatisfaction with everything, other than apparently she had no alternative.

This book generally trashed just about everything in Morocco, using flip and vulgar language, in a "lively" style more suitable for blog postings. In fact, I found the book sufficiently offensive to delete it before I was half finished. Maybe she turned it around before the end of the book, but I had had enough.
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I did not really know what to expect when I started reading this one. I thought the brief description of the book on Amazon made the book sound a little stuffy and full of itself. However, I was very happy to see (and read) that this was not the case at all. This book is both entertaining and very honest.

I liked the premise of this book because, I have thought of chucking it all and just starting over somewhere else - start a clean slate and maybe, in the process make some extra money. So, I absolutely understand Carolyn's view of wanting to do something else - something both kind of exciting and far, far away from your everyday problems.

However, geographical cures never work and Carolyn soon learns this. Although she leaves some problems behind, she certainly finds more - especially in a place such as Morocco where she does not understand the language, the customs or anything much else for that matter.

This "travel" fest is very different from what you are use to. Unlike other books that write of only the "beautiful" side of the country they are in, Carolyn manages to write about it all and even manages to make some of it funny, some of it thoughtful and some of it just plain weird.

I liked her pace and I liked her writing - this was an interesting and informative book and, as always, I am appreciative of an author who writes honestly about their experiences.

As for the title, not too crazy about that, but otherwise great read.
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