"I stand in portico hung with gentian-blue ipomeas ... and look out on a land of mists and mysteries; a land of trailing silver veils through which domes and minarets, mighty towers and ramparts of flushed stone, hot palm groves and Atlas snows, peer and disappear at the will of the Atlantic cloud-drifts"
A classic of travel writing, In Morocco is Edith Wharton's remarkab...more
In fact it was , to use a sporting cliche,a game of two halves for me. The lush descriptions of the sights and sounds of Morocco were enticing, the historical detail ab ...more
This is a better synopsis: In 1917, amid the turmoil of World War I, Edith Wharton, the author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, travelled to Morocco. A classic of travel writing, In Morocco is her account of this journey through the country's cities and through its deserts.
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9 MAR 2016 - review pending.
I read it in Morocco as we visited the same sites that Wharton saw a cen ...more
That having been said, I gave this five stars because:
1. When I myself am writing, I find myself tending toward opinion first rather than just describing what is there. So art school cliched, but it's good to establish at what precisely we're looking. Wharton does this impeccably and in the process such observation is imbued with her own voice. It's not dry enumerations but a set ...more
Wharton describes, in beautiful prose, the towns and landscapes, the animals and plants, the men and women that she observes in a Morocco as yet untouched by tourism. Barred by language and custom from communications with the bazaar-dwellers, camel-drivers and water-carriers, ...more
Ms Wharton had an extraordinary view of Morocco. She was the personal guest of General and Madame Lyautey. He was the French Resident-General (head administrative honcho in Morocco). As a result she was provided unparalleled access to areas of the country, particularly to the Sultan's palace and mosques, which were typically off limits ...more
The writing here is a beautiful, as all of Wharton's is. The flow in the book does seem off, as she doesn't really seem sure ...more
The first section was my favourite- dreamy poetic descriptions of cities and ruins with a few vague personal experiences.
Next comes a collection of visits to the women's quarters (harems) of various people. Critics think this part show the most personal opinions. I thought it was interesting, but would have preferre ...more
Wharton painted realistic scenes of modern life at the time of her travels.She ...more
I gave it three stars because the attitudes to the people were really quite dated and on occasions I found it slightly uncomfortable to read. I know it was a long time ago, but compared to someone like Freya Stark, who travelled through Arabia only a couple of d ...more
I gave it three stars, because it did still present a verbal snapshot of what the country of Morocco was like in the early 1900s along with a good historical background on the country.
I was particularly intrigued (and saddened) to read how restricted the women were.
The writing style was beautiful and highly descriptive, and has left me with an exotic impression of Morocco, but I'll have to see how it measures up.