The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca


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By turns hilarious and harrowing, this work by an acclaimed English travel writer is the story of his family's move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition and African folklore converge--and nothing is as easy as it seems.

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Dr. Judith P. R

Feb 2, 2012

Memorable read!

I am a former literature prof and a life-long lover of reading. I read The Caliph's House in preparation for a month long vacation in Morocco, and I'm glad I did. I loved the gentle, humorous voice of the author, who possesses the rare capacity to bring the reader to tears and laughter almost simultaneously. I appreciated Tahir Shah's concrete descriptions of life on the go in a world that differs substantially from my own. I also admired the way in which the first person narrator is able to befriend such a wide array of individuals...children, lover, workmen, authors, artists, sorcerers, ancient prophets, work-a-day friends, buddies at the local bars. He is a gifted writer. I would recommend all of Tahir Shar's books. If Casablanca is on the list of places you have to visit, reading this book is a great way to stimulate your appetite and mind in advance.

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