A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 2009 - Travel - 288 pages
19 Reviews
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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Review: A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco

User Review  - Robert Clancy - Goodreads

I purchased this book to read before our trip to Fez, Morocco last month. However, I only got through the first 3 chapters before we arrived in Fez. There was so much to see and do in Morocco, I didn ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

Interesting look into Moroccan culture and architecture through the eyes of an Australian couple who buy and restore a traditional home in an ancient part of the city of Fez. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
13
Section 4
24
Section 5
33
Section 6
47
Section 7
62
Section 8
79
Section 11
137
Section 12
153
Section 13
175
Section 14
194
Section 15
212
Section 16
224
Section 17
242
Section 18
262

Section 9
104
Section 10
114

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About the author (2009)

Born in New Zealand, Suzanna Clarke grew up in several parts of Australia. In her twenties she lived in a Welsh commune, an Amsterdam squat and a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. She has worked as a photojournalist for more than two decades and is the arts director of The Daily Mail in Brisbane. Her husband, Sandy, is a radio broadcaster who now spends most of his time in Fez. Their blog is riadzany.blogspot.com.

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