A House in Fez : Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco
by Suzanna Clarke
Editor: Ebury Publishing
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When Suzanna Clarke and her husband bought a dilapidated house in the Moroccan town of Fez, their friends, they were crazySituated in a maze of donkeys trampled the alleys, the house – a traditional riad – was beautiful, but desperately in need of repairThe walls were in danger of collapsing, plumbing was non-existent.Although neither Suzanna nor her husband spoke Arabic, and had only a handful of French, they were determined to restore the building to its original splendor, using only traditional craftsmen and handmade materials.But they soon found that trying to do business in Fez was like being transported back several centuries in time and so began the remarkable experience that turned between frustration, hilarity and moments of pure euphoriaBut the restoration of the riad is only part of their immersion in the rich and colorful life of this ancient cityA House in the city of Fez is a journey into Moroccan culture, revealing its day-today rhythms, customs and festivals, its history, Islam and Sufi rituals; the history of Jinns and spirits; the dynamic life filled with market places and irresistible Moroccan cuisineAnd above all, in people’s lives, warm, friendly and hospitableBeautiful descriptions and infused with an extraordinary sense of place, this is a fascinating account of one of the adventures couple in ancient Morocco
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