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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This is an excellent read for anyone who is interested in Morocco.This book is about two foreigners who decide to buy an old house in the medina in Fez and bring it back to its former glory. The author uses her knowledge of Moroccan culture and history as she writes. She is honest but not condesending. She writes about the people she meets along the way. I read it before...
Published on 21 Aug 2008 by Ag siúl

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3.0 out of 5 stars Window on another kind of life
Since reading this book we've been dreaming of buying our own riad in Fez. Suzanne Clarke tells it as it is - warts and all - and she shares her delights and frustrations every step of the way. Reaching this amazing destination, many of the people and places mentioned in the book are easily identifiable - not least the excellent Clock Cafe - a modern day meeting place for...
Published on 17 April 2012 by lola flores


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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 21 Aug 2008
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Ag siúl (Galway, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco (Paperback)
This is an excellent read for anyone who is interested in Morocco.This book is about two foreigners who decide to buy an old house in the medina in Fez and bring it back to its former glory. The author uses her knowledge of Moroccan culture and history as she writes. She is honest but not condesending. She writes about the people she meets along the way. I read it before I went back to Morocco and it made me very keen to go back. I would love to read more from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to read in Morocco, 7 May 2013
If you're off on holiday to Morocco or aspire to owning your own Riad then this is the book for you. It gives you a glimpse into the fascinating culture, traditions and beliefs of the Moroccan people as well as the difficulties involved for 'foreigners' wanting to pursue such a challenging dream.
Hats off to Suzanna & Sandy and I for one look forward to their sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An honest portrayal of life in Morocco, 21 July 2009
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Suzanna and her partner, Australians in Morocco for a holiday, throw all caution to the wind and decide to buy a dilapidated house in Fez and do it up. The usual trials and tribulations ensue. Clarke tries to be fair, balancing her annoyance at being used and diddled with an understanding of how she seems rich and probably foolish to the residents. They obviously care about community and history, and are pleased when their undertakings are praised by those in the know. It does seem slightly an advert for their Moroccan blog, but then this isn't pushed at the end of the book, so I'll take it as an interesting and well-done narrative of their time in Fez.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Fez I've come to know and love ....., 12 Jun 2014
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Quite a negative read and not always factually accurate in terms of cultural beliefs. Very descriptive, a good - but not always fair - insight into one woman's personal experience of life in Fez.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 26 April 2014
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Excellent detail of someone renovating an old house in Morocco. Fascinating insight into the culture as well as the difficulties of dealing with the local builders. Well written and very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a house in Fez, 12 Feb 2014
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Absolutely delighted. Difficulties experienced with renovating a house when one doesn't speak the language of the country in which it is located
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy, enjoyable read., 31 Jan 2014
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After some gruelling book club reads, this was refreshing; nothing dark, no thick plot, no sex, violence or murder. It did what it said on the packet and delivered a recount of a couple's experience of buying and renovating a house in Fez. Having lived in the Middle East for the past 10 years, there were times when I was irritated by the naivity of Clarke and her comparisons of Morocco with Europe or New Zealand. Yes, they certainly do do things differently there! A pleasant enough read that will not make you want to buy a house in Fez.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and funny, 4 Mar 2013
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This book leave me in tears of laughs. The writer is extremely funny and let you indulge yourself into her crazy experience of bying a riad in fes. I am Moroccan living in UK and I tried to do the same, and I couldn't. So by reading this book it reminded me of my experience somehow. But Suzanne was very brave, despite the wide cultural difference between her and Moroccans, she managed at the end to reach her aim. Chapeau :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great human journey in ancient Fez medina, 29 Dec 2012
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I have read each page of this book with great interest and delight. The author has written a fantastic book, getting the reader close to every day life in the Fez medina. I appreciated the great empathy and not judgemental way of S. Clarke of describing her "adventure" in Morocco. The renovation of an ancient house becomes precious occasion to get closer to Morocco, its people and ancient traditions. By reading this book I felt every time to enter myself in the medina.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a house in Fez, 25 Dec 2012
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brill helped me understand the culture & many other things which had been a mystery
recommend to all interested in very different way of life
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