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It started to get boring half way through the book
on 25 December 2015
Before this book I read another book The Caliph's House, which is also written by a westerner who moved to Morocco and took on a house renovation. That was a very exaggerating (I found many elaborations highly doubtful) but fun and humorous read. To get my knowledge about Morocco balanced, I wanted to read another writer's work, and chose this one. In contrast to The Caliph's House, words in A House in Fez appeared to be much more realistic and trust-worthy, however Clarke put too much focus on how exactly her house is renovated, instead of the Moroccan people's culture, behavior, belief, etc. Half way through the book I got tired and dropped the reading.
In summary, for fun one should read The Caliph's House; it's not only humorous but also contains a lot of the author's interaction with the locals, reflecting the culture of the people.For pragmatism one should choose A House in Fez, especially if one is preparing to trap himself there and renovate a house as well. There's a great deal of knowledge you would need to know about house renovation in this book.