July 5


The best novels about Morocco

By Bewildered in Morocco

July 5, 2020

Looking for amazing books about Morocco? I’ve got some great novels to recommend!

Novel about Morocco #1 – The assembly of the dead

The assembly of the dead is an amazing book by Saeida Rouass. It’ll take you to the tiny alleys of Marrakech.

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.

The Caliph’s house

“The Caliph’s House” is a perfect fusion of language, culture and travel. It points out the cultural differences between Morocco and the West. It is an obligatory reading for all who are planning to visit Morocco and have no clue about the country. It may also be a very gripping story for those who have already visited it and an enormously interesting book for those who live here.

I fell in love with the book from the very first page. Tahir Shah is the master of showing the country through the eyes of a Westerner. He points out the differences between the two cultures in a very gentle, sometimes funny way. Even though some of them may be quite negative, he always finds an optimistic aspect in all.

I first had read the book before I actually moved to Morocco. My interest about this mysterious country was gradually rising with each page. The author describes his life in Morocco, the obstacles that he faces every day and numerous culture shocks that endlessly appear on his way and his struggles to understand the language that he is not familiar with…

What I find the most amazing about this book is the fact that many situations that Tahir Shah writes about, actually happened to me as well. There is no fiction, the story reflects the life as it really is. Some things seemed grotesque to me before I came to Casablanca. Once I arrived here… I kept on recalling the lines from the book and saying to myself “damn it is for real!”

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