Her tale of Morocco Marrakech I have learned that I haven t even touched the surface of Marrakech and need to explore Thank ou Miranda for This is one of those books that has a lot of promise but never wrote itself out of its stereotypes both on the part of the protagonist and her family and the Moroccans they meet along the way It s too bad The Sultan s House and A House in Fez are similar stories protagonist purchases a riad in Morocco the work is overwhelming and than they expected but through the work on this old house a better deeper understanding of the culture eventually happens but these similar stories are done understanding of the culture eventually happens but these similar stories are done much BETTER THEY RE WRITTEN WITH MUCH GRACE AND MUCH They re written with much grace and much of a colonial meets the natives type of mentality that Innes is guilty of throughout this flat work The Moroccan characters in particular such as the maids managers and souk shop owners all come across as less than fully formed humans It s as if the writer didn t really want to explore the culture and couldn t pen than a few vapid stereotypes Perhaps the worst of the bunch is the manager Hecham who seems to always begin a sentence with Beliv me Mr Dan If there was such a thing as writing blackface for Morocco this would be it Really just insensitive shallow writing all the way around I picked up this book hoping for a little insight a little sensitivity a little about Marrakesh but what I came away with was a bag full of stereotypes some clunky writing and a few wasted ours If ou re really interested in Morocco and this idea of what it takes to restore a traditional house in the old cities of Morocco check out The Sultan s House by Tahir Shah or A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke Both of these are far better reads by any measur. Istmas from hell in a house with few modern conveniences and her love affair with all things Morocc.Ving to
A COUNTRY WERE THE CULTURE IScountry were the culture is removed from my own I really really wanted to enjoy this book but I could not connect with the writing style or with the imbalance of content of house details vs life in Morocco as the blurb suggested where or with the imbalance of content of house details vs life in Morocco as the blurb suggested where music magic potions and the dream of Africa are cooled by the genius of Arabic culture Perhaps by reading a lot of similar literature A House in Fez Tahir Shah s books on Morocco I keep getting disappointed However there were some sweet parts the chapter on the girls time together in Marrakesh that gave a slightly versatile narrative between the Riad and the local life If this is our first book on Morocco or Marrakesh go for it If A Gorgeous Mess (The Bent Zealots MC, you have read the previously mentioned books think twice beforeou start I do love a good travel book that is about people acclimatising to a new culture language or country I think the blurb was pretty clear that this book would be based around Innes experiences buying and renovating a house in Marrakesh but I think I was expecting a bit depth in terms of describing the culture and maybe delving into the history a bit Instead we get lots of surprise at building work being done differently lots of food descriptions and some complaining about paying than necessary for thingsThat said I did have a couple of chuckle aloud moments though Innes constant self deprecation can get a bit much at times and the stories of their first two riad managers were certainly horrifyinguite similar to The Caliph s House which I read fairly recently but also different as Innes was doing lots of flitting between Spain and Marrakech whereas Shah lived in the house he and his family were renovating I would give it 35 stars Wonderful storyAnot. A very dilapidated property in Marrakech and her attempts to renovate it Included is the family Chr. ,
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Interesting because of the experiences #owning a riad in marrakech However poorly written much too detailed sometimes and naively complaining #a riad in marrakech However poorly written much too detailed sometimes and naively complaining all her OWN mistakes Same story could have been written in about 100 pages I really liked this woman and her tale she brought me back to Marrakech with all it s joys and frustrations and I enjoyed the company Well this book was completely up my alley or
zaa in thisin this much my favourite genre and luxuriously writtenImagine my delight upon reluctantly finishing to find the preuel in my TBR pile A lovely read about a couple who buy a house in Marakkech The house is an impulse buy and results in much stress Marakkech The house is an impulse buy and results in much stress are though some lovely descriptions of Marrakech not sure if I would want to live there Enjoy Miranda s style of writing which is highly descriptive if a little retrospective She has humour and wit with an element of feminism that reflects her age and working success Sometimes Steel City Jews: A History of Pittsburgh and Its Jewish Community, 1840-1915 you think well surelyou knew Morocco would appear to be sexist to western eyes and hardly likely to be less than exploiting of unsuspecting foreignersthe book is amusing and funny but lacks as much of Miranda s presence as her previous read Enjoyable book about the ups downs of purchasing a foreign propertyin this case in Marrakech While I did find myself skimming bits of the book on the whole I found as the blurb says the evocative descriptions of the swirling colours flavours and aromas bought the riad to life the problems encountered with finding a good manager were uite amusingI was intriuged enough to look up Riad Maizie on the internet it was just as I imagined from the books descriptions beautiful Take a look for ourself here oAll in all an interesting read about mo. Lyrical and evocative this is a travel book masuerading as the story of the author’s purchase of.