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Quirky, unpretentious and entertaining,
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This review is from: A Year in Marrakesh (Kindle Edition)
Firstly, people who have criticised this book for being in some way 'imperialist' etc, are taking themselves too seriously. The book was written in the 1950s and as such some of the nomenclature (e.g. the spelling of Marrakesh or the use of the word 'Moor' to describe North African Muslims) is jarring to the politically correct modern reader but this is nothing more than anachronistic nomenclature.
In fact, Peter Mayne treats all the people he encounters in his year in Marrakesh with straightforward, honest humanity. What I particularly liked about this book is that Mayne's story isn't that of a wealthy baby-boomer playing at 'finding themselves' by buying-up a Riad in which to semi-retire (see Cinnamon City) or a pretentious hippy or gap-yar student out to 'find themselves'. He's just an ordinary person from one part of the world living an ordinary life amongst ordinary people in another part of the world.
The prose completely lacks gushing melodrama or flowery descriptions but the people it paints are all the more authentic, and attractive in their flaws, because of that.