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5.0 out of 5 stars Tangier's Colourful Expatriate Life Brought to Life, 1 Feb 2009
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G. T. Steel "Graeme Steel" (Surabaya, Indonesia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Spirits of Tangier (Paperback)
I bought this book because I lived in Tangier for eight years in the 1980s.

Tessa Codrington's beautifully presented book is an assemblage of photographs (hers, mostly) of some of the expatriates (and a few distinguished Moroccans) who live or have lived in Tangier from the early 20th century to this day. Tessa Codrington's own association with Tangier dates back to the 1950s, so she is well-placed to provide this portrait of the city.

The material in the book captures the extraordinary lives led in this once fashionable, but always distinctly eccentric, expatriate watering hole. It is essentially a coffee table book with limited text (brief background and anecdotes) but is a delight to the eye. Tessa Codrington is an excellent photographer with a long distinguished career in this field.

I was very pleased to see a number of people represented who I personally met and some of whom I knew well - Paul Bowles, the Hon. David Herbert, Anna McKew, Richard Timewell, Joe McPhilips III, Patrick Thursfield, George Greaves, Stephanie Sweet, Michael Scott, Mary Evans, and Patricia Erzini amongst them.

Of course, it is easy to think of people left out, but the criteria (and it is perhaps the only weakness of the book for me) is that unless Tessa Coddrington took a photo of the person they are not included. The following long term expats spring to mind: Paul Danquah, Peter Pollock, Anne Harbach, James Lee, Richard Netherlin, Nigel Logan, Philip Ramey, Marie Cicely, Guy and and Dotty Kent, Jim Luneburg, Louise Beatty, Brigadier Hector Speer, Jean Michael Grey-Theriot, Patricia Haskins, Muriel Mitchell-Henry, the Taylors, Tim Hunloke, and Tony Williams. They would have made colourful additions to this book.

It is fair to say, however, that is Tessa Coddrington's own reminiscence and her collection of friends, so unless you lived there yourself and are looking for references to old friends these lacunae do not diminish the book in the slightest.

It is a welcome addition to the small collection of books on Tangier's very colourful few decades as an expatriate colony. The photography is superb and it evokes in me very many happy memories of my time there.Spirits of Tangier
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tangier Life Captured in Words and Pictures, 12 July 2008
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W. MICKLETHWAIT (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Spirits of Tangier (Paperback)
Most guidebooks describe places rather than people. This takes the opposite approach, telling how a variety of artists, businessmen, hippies, criminals, aristocrats, refugees, heiresses and authors have lived in a cosmopolitan city perched on the edge of Africa. Of course the real star is the city itself, but it's shown rather than described, in beautifully evocative photographs. The result is a wonderful guide to a living, breathing and fast-changing metropolis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TANGIER AS IT WAS, 2 Aug 2010
This review is from: Spirits of Tangier (Paperback)
BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS, LOVELY FAMILY HISTORY OF TANGIER
LANGUID, WARM, VERY MUCH MOROCCAN FEELING AND AMBIANCE
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and important photographs, 8 Mar 2012
This review is from: Spirits of Tangier (Paperback)
Tessa Codrington has a long family association with Tangiers as well as being an accomplished photographer herself. This book documents Tangiers in the recent past with an insiders eye with haunting images of people and places. It is an important historical document as well as being a visual treat.
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