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.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.Read Less
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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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