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This review is from: Life in Morocco and Glimpses Beyond (Paperback)This is a great book to buy if you are considering a trip to Morocco. Similar in some ways to Elizabeth Eberhardt and her books on Algeria the author of this book has really captured the life of the people of Morocco. The book itself is a collection of stories, some told from Moroccans both Muslim and Jewish, some from foreign diplomats living in Morocco during the turn of the last century. The stories tell you about Moroccan customs (For example one story a western lady is invited to a meal with a Moroccan family. She discusses the traditions and the do's and don'ts when visiting a Moroccan home) Some of the traditional Muslim stories are about tales of Shaikhs in the desert or journeys to distant lands. This book does an excellent job in capturing not only the lives of Moroccans at the turn of the century but also of the foreign residents in Morocco at that time (It should be pointed out here that the author appears to be of the upper class of those foreign residents which is sometimes reflected in the authors views though never too snobbish) At times the author will contradict what has previously been written about Moroccan people (For example the story about the consumption of alcohol one minute saying how its common the next saying they are very conservative and abstain from it though if you keep in mind that this is a middle class traveller probably residing in Tangier the most western of Moroccan towns at the time the views expressed can be taken with a pinch of salt) Some of the places and customs mentioned here are lost to time but some still remain. If you really want to get a book before a journey to Morocco that will prepare you for a truly different experience then I strongly recommend this one.