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Author: Edith Wharton

"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 Wharton's remarkable account of her journey to the country during World War I. With a characteristic sense of adventure, Wharton set out to explore Morocco and its people, recording her impressions and encounters. She traveled--by military jeep--to Rabat, Moulay Idriss, Fez and Marrakech, from the Atlantic coast to the high Atlas. Along the way she witnessed religious ceremonies and ritual dances, visited the opulent palaces of the Sultan and was admitted to the mysterious world of his harem. Her narrative is as rich as the souks through which she wandered, peopled with story-tellers and warriors, slaves and silk-spinners; an evocative and intimate portrait of an extraordinary country.

A very enjoyable account of Edith Wharton's month-long journey through Morocco just after World War I. Though it feels dated in that she was in thrall to the French (the famed resident-general Lyautey was her guide), what's remarkable is just how contemporary her descriptions feel. She captures the landscapes, architecture and many aspects of Muslim culture and history, and especially the cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech.

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 ....
Carolyn Alexander, Brigadoon Lib., Salinas, CA
© 1999 Cahners Business Information.
152 pages
$15.95 (softcover)
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