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In Morocco [Paperback]

Edith Wharton

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Oct. 1 2009 Stanfords Travel Classics
Edith Wharton journeyed to Morocco in the final days of the First World War, at a time when there was no guidebook to the country.[i]In Morocco[/i] is the classic account of her expedition. A seemingly unlikely chronicler, Wharton, more usually associated with American high society, explored the country for a month by military vehicle. Travelling from Rabat and Fez to Moulay Idriss and Marrakech, she recorded her encounters with Morocco's people, traditions and ceremonies, capturing a country at a moment of transition from an almost unknown, road less empire to a popular tourist destination. Her descriptions of the places she visited - mosques, palaces, ruins, markets and harems - are typically observant and brim with color and spirit, whilst her sketches of the country's history and art are rigorous but accessible.This is a wonderful account by one of the most celebrated novelists and travel writers of the 20th century and is a fascinating portrayal of an extraordinary country. Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language, with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic. Every title has been rest in a contemporary typeface and has been printed to a high quality production specification, to create a series that every lover of fine travel literature will want to collect and keep.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: John Beaufoy Publishing; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190678003X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906780036
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #501,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

During her travels in Morocco in 1917, Wharton kept a rather complete, descriptive account of her experiences. As expected of such a superbly talented author, her observations are well written and interesting. While this gives listeners a real feel for desert living and tribes, it does not include a map, which would have been helpful in following and better understanding her journey. Wharton provides some historical perspective and unusual insight into the travel of that period and into the lives of women. Her account of visits to harems provide the most educational and fascinating listening. Anna Fields reads beautifully, gliding through a great many difficult names, making only one detectable pronunciation error. Unfortunately, old travel books normally attract a rather limited audience. True armchair travelers or those with a special interest in Morocco may be interested. Libraries seeking older verbal travelogs should consider.
-Carolyn Alexander, Brigadoon Lib., Salinas, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Independent on Sunday: "There was no guide book to the country before this one." "descriptions brim with life and colour." The Times: "Wharton on the road is an inexhaustible joy." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's been along while since Aug. 9 2008
By The Purple Bee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's been along while since I read this book but after the negative review, I must read again.
I remember her descriptions of Morocco and the people being quite fascinating but I don't remember them being racist......maybe, this world of Moroc was so far from the culture she was accustomed. Maybe this book encouraged people to visit and find out for themselves. I loved Morocco and it's people, but I also enjoyed the book back then.
Moroc was the most exciting place I had been as of 2000.
Maybe, we've come a long way, Baby! Let's only hope!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this edition July 19 2013
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
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Avoid this edition as it is nearly unreadable. The font size is SO small that one needs a magnifying glass to read the text. This publication appears to be in the public domain and this is a vanity press/self-published edition.
39 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Edith Wharton's Orientalism May 7 2000
By Spencer D. Segalla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fans of Edith Wharton who are hoping to see her usual insightful wit will be disappointed with this book. Likewise will those hoping to learn something about the real Morocco. Instead, what this book provides is a fascinatingly nauseating example of racist, orientalist cliches: the eroticization, the emphasis on mystery, decreptitude, etc. One classic bit is the description of the souks full of "savages" "consumptive Jews" and "lusty slave girls." But my favorite is when a windstorm in the Djmaa el Fnaa suddenly appears, "stripping to the waist the slave girls scudding home to the souks." There are some peculiar twists to her vision of Morocco, but I won't go further. Buy this book if you are interested in such things. But first read Said's Orientalism, if this stuff is new to you. If you are planning to travel to Morocco, buy the Rough Guide and Culture Shock: Morocco.
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie June 23 2014
By journalkeeper - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was first published in 1920, yet almost 100 years later, it still is a great read. Wharton's spirit of adventure, her keen eye, and her elegant prose make this a must for anyone who wants to visit Morocco. Much has changed, but what amazed me is how much remains essentially the same after all these years. I highly recommend this book to anyone going to Morocco, or anyone who just loves reading well-written books about the art of travel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wharton Nov. 19 2013
By Diana Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Wharton is a magisterial traveler, not a mere tourist. This book about early 20th-century travels in Morocco is both instructive and delightful.

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