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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He sold their “microscopic London apartment with nothing outside but grey skies and rain” and bought a vast, dilapidated and haunted riad in a Casablancan shantytown. The Pennine moors are famed and prized as an expanse of wild emptiness in an increasingly cluttered and overcrowded country. Monday 31 December I also tried to steer clear of jinns. On the day I came this way I progressed with great care and caution, remembering the story told me by a former landlady at nearby Tan Hill inn of the dog which had disappeared suddenly down an unmarked shaft only a short distance away.

Tahir Shah has much to teach us.

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First US edition cover. In the book dreams bleed into reality and stories into stories, like in The Arabians Nights or the author’s own collection Scorpion Soup. I started reading this before my trip to Morocco earlier this year and it was a bit of a slow read. We relegate stories as an entertainment for children, while in actual fact they can be decoded and used to instruct.

Timbuctoo will be released July 13, Tahi she return because she wanted to or because she had no other options?

Another aspect, and I found this to be in the Caliphs House as well, the author sometimes begins relating an event and then moves to another subject and never resolves the first issue. You feel half proud of them and half ashamed and you hold them to your heart. Inspired by Your Browsing History. It will cause you to fall in love with stories once again, teach you a love of Morocco and the wonderful world a This book is a sequel to Tahir Shah’s ‘The Caliph’s House’.


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Technically, it starts in a prison in Pakistan, but that is only for the first chapter. His ability to tie in everything makes me believes he’s led not only a great life but also a fascinating one – I believe this book is filled with both truths and fibs and it works beautifully into one tapestry. I also think Shah must be a very good writer, because I don’t think about the writing while I’m reading his books.

From the Hardcover edition. Jan 12, Tiffany rated it it was ok Shelves: A serious and thorough study, it is particularly good on the problems facing the region, and makes a strong case for protecting the upland peat bogs. Read while in Marrakech. The story of their first year in Morocco is told in his joyful and resplendent The Caliph’s House.

All in all, this wasn’t a bad book; it has some thought provoking issues and fascinating local tales but Shwh found the tone and repetitiveness off putting. I loved the fact that within each of us there is a story. He also makes documentary films, arablan are shown worldwide on National Geographical Television, and The History Channel. The monarch, who was a wise man, smiled.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Return to Book Page. This book is both memoir and story – it’s a mixture of tales, events, meaningful and not. For me this is very successful — he describes fantastically well, invoking a real sense of the places he describes with his use of rich and atmospheric writing.

More from The Telegraph. Using A Thousand and One Nights Alf Layla wa Layla as a foil for creative storytelling arbian author peers into the underbelly of mythic tradition replete throughout Middle Eastern story tradition. It was a really nice collection of stories, from the ancient to the new and I loved hearing about Tahir’s experiences through it all. Shah inherited rahir his father five reinforced boxes of books labelled Stories: I suppose a strategically planned trip, with a ton of research would be the safest way to go.

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In other words, I’m not hand Read while in Marrakech. Wearing those shoes is like wearing no shoes at all. Louise Doughty’s travel companion. This is the very essence of the bbook.


As he makes his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakechtraverses the Sahara sands, and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, he collects a treasury of stories, gleaned from the heritage of A Thousand and One Nights. The Keystone that holds up the Arch. These arabin are passed down now from mother to daughter, from father to son, as they have been for centuries.

This criticism gets a tad exhausting as Shah fails to realize that the Arabiqn culture also has its share of serious flaws. He stood up to greet me and kissed my cheeks.

Shah listens to anyone who has a tale to tell. And, in addition to documentaries, Shah writes for the big screen. Our society is in some ways like the Land of Pots and Pans. Tahir Shah made me dream of flying carpets and the story in my heart! I’m also planning on reading just about everything Tahir Shah has written.

In fact, one of the chapters clearly defines the author’s direction “”Your Tahir the author head is like a billiard table, ib your thoughts are like the balls going in every direction”.