section is dedicated to the Moroccans who asked me about tourism
in their own country, and particularly to the Laraki family, who
so gracefully introduced me to their country and customs.
and historically, Morocco is a wonderfully rich country- and ones's experience
of it is greatly enhanced by a bit of 'advanced reading'- be it a travel
guide, a novel, or a history book. Here are my favorite back pack readings
for the road:
Guide: By far the most practical and accurate. Better than the
98 version of the Lonely Planet.
Bleu: For those of you who read French, this provides detailed
information on the historical context of most cities, monuments
and Other Fiction:
Bowles: The Sheltering Sky, The Spider's House.
Maalouf: Leon L'Africain (also an English version- Leo
Africanus). No better way to delve into Moroccan history, and learn
about the many influences and cultures which shape the Moroccan
mind. Much romance and adventure to keep you alert!
Sinoue: Le Livre de Saphir. For those of you who read
French, this Egyptian writer's description of life in Andalusia
in the 15th century is a real treet. Here again, plenty of romance
Moroccan writers: my preferred are A. Kilito, Driss Chraibi
and Rida Lamrini.
Historical Works, please see the Bibliography