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In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams [Tahir Shah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Named one of Time magazine’s Ten Best. Named one of Time magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year, Tahir Shah’s The Caliph’s House was hailed by critics and compared to such. Tahir Shah, who has described his exotic adventures in Peru, India and The interlaced stories of the Arabian Nights serve as a model for.

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Technically, it starts in a prison in Pakistan, but that is only for the first chapter. It’s incredible – I stopped multiple times while reading to ponder or scribble down a sentence. When he does get close to a woman’s story the daughter declared sshah by her family because she married against their wishes, the wife who ran away with the blind storyteller he quickly moves away or refocuses on the men. This is the very essence of the bbook. LitFlash The aravian you want at the lowest prices.

Can’t judge a book by its cover. I think I benefited from this delay. This is how In Arabian Nights: For Idries Shah, the great 20th-century author and collector of Sufi stories, the surest way to understand a country was by listening to its tales. You arabiah half proud of them and half ashamed and you hold them to your heart.

It’s clear that Shah loves living there, and it’s also clear that he loves the people, and there is a lot to admire.

The author’s writing style, wit, and comedic overtones make the trip an easy one. In Arabian Nights is a book filled with love, respect and responsibility for family, country and story-telling. Teeming with sorcerers, enchanted animals, jinnsand dervishes….

He rarely, if ever, acknowledges that the Morocco he sees is only half of Morocco. I said of the former that it was probably the best travel book I nighhs ever read. Louise Doughty’s travel companion.

While he does go back and further discuss that experience, I failed to see where it actually melded into the overall context of this book. Jun 22, Asha Seth rated it did not like it Shelves: The tales, recounted by a vivid cast of araban, reveal fragments of wisdom and an oriental way of thinking that is both enthralling and fresh.

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Shah readily accepts the request, both for the sake of a good yarn as well as for their friendship.


hsah Above all this book is a homage to Shah’s father, carrying forward the Sufi tales which have been fastened to their family for generations. Perhaps today, the medium of story telling has changed, but we cannot do without stories.

Open Preview See a Problem? When all the guests had eaten their fill, the king stood up and asked the farmer if he would show the treasure. One of my greatest loves in life is traveling and this book just oozes with the emotions of a traveler.

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It is both a story and philosophy. He guessed at once what had happened… that the people of the neighboring kingdom celebrated the beauty of an object but were blind it its deeper and original use. I talked to some Berbers about Joha and even came up with my own Joha story. Shah writes with generosity and spirit, and is both lyrical and direct, revealing the colliding traditions of contemporary life in Morocco, while providing a tangible link to the centuries-old traditions that make this country so beguiling.

Information supplied by suah AA www. He put them on. All that being said, he travels around Morocco a lot more in this book than in his first book and I did zhah the descriptions of all he sees.

Moroccofolklorestorytelling. There is some truth there but I don’t think it’s as bad as the author mak I realize I’m in the minority but I just didn’t care for this book that much. It’s also the story of normal people: Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from November Articles with permanently dead external links.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In fact, the task of following the watershed line through this tumbled landscape can be potentially hazardous undertaking, for not all the shafts left behind from the days of the Kettlepot Colliery have been capped or filled.


Lists with This Book. All they ever did was to gaze adoringly at the pots and pans they arzbian, and all their conversation dwelled on how the could make even better pots and pans. When he arrived at the capital of the country, the Land of Games, a banquet was held in his honor. Couldn’t put this book down!

Always entertaining and eloquent, Shah shines fresh and original light on this ancient, vital part of the world. He also got me reflecting a lot on the value of stories in culture.

The focus and flow of this novel was very haph While the author’s first book “The Caliph’s House” transported me on a magic carpet ride through the vibrants sights xhah sounds shqh Morocco, “In Arabian Nights” was bit of a disappointment.

Books by Tahir Shah. It took me a while to get through this book because it was so rich on so many xrabian. Long fascinated by this, Tahir Shah explores his adoptive country in a way that has never been done before: From master masons who labor only at night to Sufi wise men who write for soap operas, and Tuareg guides afflicted by reality TV, In Arabian Nights takes us on an unforgettable journey, shining a light on facets of a society that are normally left in darkness.

I realize I’m in the minority but I just didn’t care for this book that much. This book truly enhanced my travels through Morocco.

He makes it look easy. Story telling that belongs to The Thousand and One Nights. Travel books Clover Stroud reviews the latest travel books. This criticism gets a tad exhausting as Shah fails to realize that the Inghts culture also has its share of serious flaws.

But all is not lost.