The problem I have with books is that when the author doesn’t manage to grasp my attention during the first 5 pages – I am done. I resell or give away the book and spread the word among my friends so they don’t bother reading it.
The exactly opposite thing happened to me when I started reading “The assembly of the dead” by Saeida Rouass.
Saeida perfectly knows how to keep the reader engaged and longing for the next chapter. She takes us on a time travel to the mysterious city of Marrakesh back in 1906. The story’s enticing plot and the amazing cultural insights into the Kingdom back in the beginning on 20th century make it impossible to read one chapter without craving the next one.
What I love the most about the book is the journey that Saeida takes us on. A journey that Moroccans, expats, tourists, and even people who have nothing in common with Morocco, will enjoy. The author’s remarkable knowledge about The Red City back in 1906 and her lovely writing style make you feel like you’re actually a bystander watching the events that she describes.
Another thing I loved is Saeida’s objectiveness and perception. The perception of an expat, non-Moroccan insider in the city. She gives us an amazing insight into the Moroccan culture an customs. She presents them with ease and lightness what makes her a marvellous ambassador of Morocco for English-speaking readers. Apart from the main plot, which is the disappearance of many girls from the medina of Marrakesh, she lets the reader feel the spirit of the city, and gets them familiar with Moroccan mentality.
The book is pleasant to read, and I am sure that you guys will enjoy it as much as I did. If you are looking for a book to learn more about Morocco, or to read a gripping novel – this one should definitely find a place on your bookshelf.
So far Tahir Shah was my number one writer. At this moment I have two favourite writers!
Saeida, I am impatiently waiting for another book, this time the plot happening in Casablanca! I am also looking forward to seeing “The assembly of the dead” in the cinema!
“The assembly of the dead” and other books by Saeida:
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