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A House in Fez: Building a Life in the…

A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco

by Suzanna Clarke

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Less fun than 'The Caliph's House', which covers similar ground. Generally it's like this: "The people were corrupt and we didn't understand each other but at heart they were good and they liked me as much as I liked them." ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Sep 8, 2016 |
Interesting into Moroccan culture with easy history thrown in. ( )
  lkarr | Feb 6, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see Fez through the eyes of this Australian journalist who bought an old house there and renovated it. On the other hand, the author only describes interactions with officials and workers, not many of the ordinary people, and most of the action happens in the house rather than around the city. There are a few brief side trips to interesting places in the area, but almost all with other foreigners. Still, the story of working on a traditional Moroccan house was neat. ( )
  Pferdina | Jul 5, 2015 |
Good read
  wcbookclub | Jan 15, 2014 |
Frankly, I think she's crazy: who in their right mind would buy a house in a foreign country with utterly foreign language and culture, then try to renovate it? But she tells the story of all the headaches and heartaches that invited very well. ( )
  Heduanna | Aug 5, 2012 |
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The Medina -- the Old City -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled city in the world. Inside this vibrant Moroccan community, internet cafes and mobile phones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, thousand-year-old sewer systems, and Arab-style houses, gorgeous with intricate, if often shabby, mosaic work.

While vacationing in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are inspired to buy a dilapidated, centuries-old riad in Fez with the aim of restoring it to its original splendor, using only traditional craftsmen and handmade materials. So begins a remarkable adventure that is bewildering, at times hilarious, and ultimately immensely rewarding.

A House in Fez chronicles their meticulous restoration, but it is also a journey into Moroccan customs and lore and a window into the lives of its people as friendships blossom. When the riad is finally returned to its former glory, Suzanna finds she has not just restored an old house, but also her soul.

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When Suzanna Clarke and her husband bought a dilapidated riad, or traditional courtyard house, in the Middle the ancient Medina of Fez, their friends thought they were mad. Located in a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, the house was beautiful but in desperate need of repair. Walls were in danger of collapse, the plumbing non-existent. It was a state common to many of Fez's exquisitely crafted houses, which were falling to ruin for want of local funds to restore them. Or worse, they were being bought by foreigners and modernised. With a view to living there semi-permanently, Suzanna was determined to restore the riad to its original splendour.… (more)

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