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

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 2009 - Travel - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - Pferdina - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - elledee1 - LibraryThing

Interesting story about a couple of Australian's who renovate (authentically) a house in Fez. Very interesting to hear about the daily trials that they endured and how they remained very positive throughout the renovating period 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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