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In Morocco

Edith Wharton

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Hamadchas occur only twice a year, in spring and autumn, and as the ritual dances take place out of doors, instead of being performed inside the building of the confraternity, the feminine population seizes the opportunity to burst into flower on the housetops.

[Illustration: From a photograph from the Service des Beaux-Arts au
Maroc

Moulay-Idriss—the market-place]

It is rare, in Morocco, to see in the streets or the bazaars any women except of the humblest classes, household slaves, servants, peasants from the country or small tradesmen's wives; and even they (with the exception of the unveiled Berber women) are wrapped in the prevailing grave-clothes. The filles de joie and dancing-girls whose brilliant dresses enliven certain streets of the Algerian and Tunisian towns are invisible, or at least unnoticeable, in Morocco, where life, on the whole, seems so much less gay and brightly-tinted. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If six months seemed like a long time a year seems like eternity, and a whole goddamned year is how long it will be before I'm allowed to travel. So what did I do? I started reading about Edith Wharton's trip to Morocco, or rather, what I thought would be an account of Edith Wharton's trip to Mor...more

I have been interested in this part of the world for some time...I have always been something of a romantic, devouring the works of Paul Bowles ,long time resident of Morocco.. and following the adventures of intrepid female travellers; Gertrude Bell, Isabelle Eberhardt, Freya Stark. so I was tho...more

“What thoughts, what speculations, one wonders, go on under the narrow veiled brows of the little creatures destined to the high honour of marriage or concubinage in Moroccan palaces?”

I regret to say that my opinion of Edith Wharton – who is one of my favorite writers – went down a good notch aft...more

I chose Edith Wharton's In Morocco as part of my Around the World in 80 Books challenge. I am planning to visit Morocco later this year, so was particularly excited to read Wharton's travelogue. In 1917, she travelled around much of the country, reporting her findings of both setting and culture...more

I won't lie to you. I didn't enjoy this. I feel like I was supposed to, but I didn't.

Wharton's vocabulary and personal knowledge are positively overwhelming. It's actually ridiculous how much she casually knows about art, history, architecture, genealogy, culture, music, urban planning, religion....more

4 MAR 2016 - cover love!

This is a better synopsis: In 1917, amid the turmoil of World War I, Edith Wharton, the author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, travelled to Morocco. A classic of travel writing, In Morocco is her account of this journey through the country's cities and thr...more

A very poignant story for me personally because it mirrors an event from earlier in my life, a choice, a path to choose or not to choose. As in Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken, two roads diverge, and we never know which to take, how things will turn out, only in the "long run".

Some fascinating vignettes, especially her harem visits. Also interesting to see the colonial mindset of the period being reflected in real time, as it were. For each interesting detail, there is a political or racial view that will make the modern reader cringe. (Or I should say this modern read...more

Before I say anything else: yes, it's hopelessly dated, plagued by colonialist trope, and and very much 'of its time.'

That having been said, I gave this five stars because:

1. When I myself am writing, I find myself tending toward opinion first rather than just describing what is there. So art sch...more

Edith Wharton wrote 22 novels, many groups of short stories, some poetry, and several works of non-fiction on interior design, architecture, and travel guide books. In Morocco falls into the travel catagory as it documents her 1917 trip through parts of Morroco, traveling with a French General in...more

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