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I would have; but I really want to buy a paper copy and read it that way instead.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His father was the Sufi writer, Idries Shah.

Now Shah takes us deeper into the real Casablanca to uncover mysteries hidden for centuries from Western eyes. Four years ago, Tahir Shah decided to rescue nighte young family from “ordinariness”. This criticism gets a tad exhausting as Shah fails to realize that the Oriental culture also has its share of serious flaws.

The monarch, who was a wise man, smiled.

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams by Tahir Shah

The story of the first Christian to venture to Timbuctoo and back — a young illiterate American sailor — it has been an obsession since Shah discovered it in the bowels of the London Library twenty years ago. When he arrived at the capital of the country, the Land of Games, a banquet was held in his honor.

Shah’s words described my own emotions: His focus and his sympathy is fully on the people he meets almost all men and he seems to expect that w While I enjoyed the descriptions of Morocco, I eventually got frustrated with the writer’s complete lack of a gender lens when looking at a society as gender segregated as Morocco.


Always entertaining and eloquent, Shah shines fresh and original light on this ancient, vital part of the world. May 31, Erik Bundy rated it it was amazing. Oct 25, Kevan Bowkett rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think if I did travel to Casablanca and somehow found the Caliph’s house and knocked on his door, he would not be able to turn me away.

Views Read Edit View history. All that being said, he travels around Morocco a lot more in this book than in his first book and I did enjoy the descriptions of all he sees.

He is a modern-day Sherherazade. For me this is very successful — he describes fantastically well, invoking a real sense of the places he describes with his use of rich and atmospheric writing. The stories he recounted were interesting but I felt he got very repetitive and preachy when talking about how important the stories were.

When people asked him what the fabulous blue and gold board and pieces were for, as they sometimes did, he would laugh at them. There was, occasionally, the tendency to over generalize as well, about the nobility that comes with being poor and that is lost if you get money, as well as how much wisdom the West has lost by modernization.

He encourages an entrepreneur to finance a new generation of travelling storytellers and give back to Moroccans their traditional culture. He travels from forest to mountain, Fez to Tangier. He sold their “microscopic London apartment with nothing outside but grey skies and rain” and bought a vast, dilapidated and haunted riad in a Casablancan shantytown. The author’s writing style, wit, and comedic overtones make the trip an easy one.


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They are celebrated for their original viewpoint, and for combining hardship with vivid description. All in all, this wasn’t a bad book; it has some thought provoking issues and fascinating local tales but I found the tone and repetitiveness off putting. There is some truth there but I don’t think it’s as bad as the author makes it seem. In Arabian Nights is his finest work to date, and earns him a place beside his father as a gifted storyteller.

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Similar to “The Caliph’s House”, Shah highly praises the Oriental culture Morocco included on its strong family values, renowned hospitality and a siesta-like lifestyle. Dec 26, Pages Buy. This is the only book I have ever finished and immediately wanted to re-read.

And worthy dhah note, especially in these times, is its illumination of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle and wise. Valuable, Handle with Care.

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The author has a great method of telling his story while incorporating fairy tales: Hardcoverpages. I realize I’m in the minority here, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

He delves into them, retelling many of the sublime teaching narratives amassed by his father in Tales of the Dervishes and other collections. I rarely take the time to write a review for the books I read much to the dismay of my fellow prolific review giving goodreads friends however here’s one book that motivated me to say something about it.