A remarkable insight from one man deeply involved in the affairs of Morocco in the early years.
Here Are The Vanished Days Of The Unfettered Sultanate In All Their Dark, Melodramatic Splendor A Mingling Of Magnificence With Squalor, Culture With Barbarism, Refined Cruelty With Na Ve Humor Until Morocco Never Suffered Foreign Domination, And Its Mountainous Interior Was As Closed To Foreigners As Tibet Walter Harris , Though, Was The Exception He First Visited In And Lived In The Country For Than Thirty Five Years, And As The Times Correspondent Had Observed Every Aspect Of Its Life He Was An Intimate Of At Least Three Of The Ruling Sultans As Well As King Edward VII And A Man Capable Even Of Befriending His Kidnapper It Was Said That Only Three Christians Had Ever Visited The Walled City Of Chechaouen One Was Poisoned, One Came For An Hour Disguised As A Rabbi, And The Other Was Harris originally Published In , Morocco That Was Is Alternately Sharp, Melodramatic, And Extremely Funny The Combination Of Perceptive And Reliable Observer, And Romantic Eccentric, Makes This Book A Classic Of Its Genre Times Literary Supplement Sorry I reviewed wrong book This book is a gift but my husband say he finding it very informative, and enjoying it.
Excellent condition Wonderful descriptions of court life in Morocco at the end of the 19th century It may not be wholly accurate but it is powerfully atmospheric.
A very good guide to Morocco s interesting and complex history Useful background for present day visitors.
I read this book while on holiday in Morocco and thought it improved the experience Lot s of interesting things about how Morocco used to be
The preface to this book explains the unsatisfactory method of scanning used It admits characters are garbled, unrecognised and unrecogisable and even marks on the original may be a deterrent to understanding the text.
So, I ask, what is the point While they hope to improve their scanning methods, are we expected to read something that is difficult to understand at best and undecipherable at worst Don t waste even 99p on this disappointing edition You l learn nothing about Morocco, lots about bad digitalisation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, probably because I have been living in Morocco for the last fifteen years, of which eight spent in the Tangier area I therefore know so many of the places he mentions Surpisingly enough, although of course much has changed over the last seventy odd years, I can still detect things which seem to be almost eternal in the Morocco of today Recommended for people who know Morocco beyond the mass tourist view.