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A House in Fez


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Building a new life in Morocco: one couple's extraordinary story of restoring a dilapidated traditional riad to its original splendour

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Suzanna Clarke has worked as a photojournalist for more than two decades, contributing to national and international newspapers, magazines and books. Currently, she is the arts editor of a major Australian newspaper. Born in New Zealand, she grew up in several parts of Australia. In her twenties she lived in a Welsh commune, an Amsterdam squat and a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. With her husband, she divides her time between their homes in Brisbane, Australia and Fez, Morocco.


Verdict: Clarke Ã…chronicles her restoration of a house in the walled-in section of Fez in rapturously evocative prose infused with the sounds and smells of Morocco. The result is a magical combination of travel writing and a love letter to a country. Background: Peppered with lush local details-the scent of the tanneries and the hubbub of activity in the alleys and market stalls-this book follows the author's heroic efforts to restore a house in Morocco using handmade materials. Clarke (arts editor, Courier-Mail, Australia) relates how she learned to navigate bureaucracy, unreliable contractors, linguistic difficulties, and delays with patience and good humor. She intersperses her impressions with analysis of the region's history and the Arab, Roman, Berber, North African, and Spanish influences on religious practices, art, and architecture.-Lisa Nussbaum, Buffalo, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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