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Cinnamon City

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Lyrical and evocative, this is a travel book masquerading as the story of the author’s purchase of a very dilapidated property in Marrakech and her attempts to renovate it. Included is the family Christmas from hell in a house with few modern conveniences, and her love affair with all things Moroccan.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by Bantam Press
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Anna Marie
Sadly this is not a lyrical or evocative adventure. The narrative lacks any passion of its characters, locations or its people. Despite the author's tenacity and determination in pursuing her dream of renovating a riad in the evocative Marrakech, we are left with a diary- account of how the author financial arrangements helped to realise this dream - and a warning to never to trust a house manager imposed on you!
It took a while for me to get into this book. Once I had become familiar with the heavily descriptive style I began to enjoy it for what it was and picture the scenes.
Very interesting memoir of a woman who decides, on a whim, to buy property in Marrakech, remodel and turn it into a small hotel/B&B. While I enjoyed this book, it rang very similar to The Caliph's House, but the writing is not nearly as crisp nor as culturally satisfying.

Website showcasing the stunning finished product. Makes my mouth water to return to Morocco.
Claire Luck
Enjoyable easy read, but if you have a real interest in reading about an expat renovating in Morocco better to read The Caliph's House. Miranda Inness wasn't living in Morocco when she wrote this, and I dont think lives there now, so I don't feel she was as immersed in the culture as other similar authors writing on the same topic. Simple holiday read for anyone who likes Morocco or it's people though.
Debbie Walker
I hated this book, not really any insight into the City of Marrakech. Poorly written and not very interesting at all, shame as I was looking forward to it.
Entertaining at the start but then I got rather irritated with the main narrator so it took me some time to finish this.
Claire Elwood
Quite interesting read and definately get the atmosphere as I have been to Marrakesch, but not a riveting read.
I found the book humorous and a bit incredible at times. But it was entertaining.
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