The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco
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The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco

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Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco’s ancient storytelling tradition. For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences. But this unique chain of oral tradition that has passed seamlessly from generation to generation is teetering on the brink of e...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2011)
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Simon Bell
This book is clever, fun and very interesting. It teaches some valuable lessons which help you to see things differently. It's a great read and will keep you immersed for days. You will permanently have your head buried in this book and its many tales. Definitely read it!!!!! Zoe, age 10.
Thomas Hübner
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What a wonderful book!

Richard Hamilton, a BBC journalist with a weak spot for Morocco has collected some of the stories that are told until today by the traditional storytellers in Marrakech. The storyteller, once a fixture of each Arabic tea house, is unfortunately a craft that is disappearing quickly thanks to the ever-present TV or other electronic gimmicks in each coffee shop or tea house nowadays. And that is a real cultural loss. At least some more of the...more
Sheridan
I was disappointed with this book. I liked the introduction, with the history of storytelling, and his journey to finding the storytellers, but the stories were very similar, and some of them lacked any moral. It just seemed to lack the passion that I'm sure the storytellers put into them when they tell them in Fna.
Topping & Company Booksellers of Ely
The marketplace of Jemaa el Fna, in Marrakech, once swarmed with storytellers right from the city’s foundation in 1070 yet today those storytellers captivating market audiences with tales of love, trickery and death are disappearing. Intrepid BBC journalist Richard, with the aid of tour guide Ahmed Tija, set out to record some of these vivid tales. It beautifully highlights the enchanting nature of storytelling. A precious collection not lost.

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Hilary Gould
The marketplace of Jemaa el Fna, in Marrakech, once swarmed with storytellers right from the city’s foundation in 1070 yet today those storytellers captivating market audiences with tales of love, trickery and death are disappearing. Intrepid BBC journalist Richard, with the aid of tour guide Ahmed Tija, set out to record some of these vivid tales. It beautifully highlights the enchanting nature of storytelling. A precious collection not lost.
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