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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Also by Tahir Shah. Would recommend to anyone that wants to find bridges between East and West.

I realize I’m in the minority here, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Now Shah takes us deeper into the heart of this exotic and magical land to uncover mysteries that have been hidden from Western eyes for centuries.

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In general it’s an interesting read, but it simply wasn’t able to fully grasp my attention. Always entertaining and eloquent, Shah shines fresh and original light on this ancient, vital part of the world. If you’ve visited Morocco or plan to I have to tell you Tahir Sh I rarely take the time to write a review for the books I read much to the dismay of my fellow prolific review giving goodreads friends however here’s one book that motivated me to say something about it.

May 31, Erik Bundy rated it it was amazing. A Country in the Moon: Travel books Clover Stroud reviews the latest travel books. In this entertaining jewel of a book, Tahir Shah sets off across Morocco on a bold new adventure worthy of the mythical Arabian Nights. Most of his eleven books in a dozen languages and four television documentaries have chronicled a series of fabulous journeys in Africa,… More about Tahir Shah. One generation has conveyed to the next a vast corpus of tales, and the secret know-how of activating the wisdom held within.

There is also a lot of autobiographical information about the author, and particularly his father Idries Shah – also a well known author and teller of storiesand the importance of tradition.


Jul 18, Anne Goranson rated it it was amazing. One of my greatest loves in life is traveling and this book just oozes with the emotions of a traveler.

We grow up on stories and learn from stories. It’s about the loneliness, the solitude, the evenings spent by yourself, pining to be somewhere else. In arabiqn novel, Shah is in eager search for the story in his heart and travels all across Morocco solo and once with his family to uncover his own personal story.

He leaves his family, travels on trains yahir buses for days, encounters humble Moroccan hospitality and a sand surfer from Iowa.

While the cover is alluring, “the story” if there is one fails to climb upto the surface and end the restless albeit exhausted reader’s quest for it. Shah relates the story of his adventures, and the lessons learnt. More from the web. Amusing, poignant, and thoroughly entertaining, the collection stays with you, conjuring a magic all of its own.

Opening this book is like climbing onto the magic carpet Tahir Shah describes from his dream and going along on a fabulous journey.

Sep 05, Uzi rated it really liked it. This criticism gets a tad exhausting as Shah fails to tahig that the Oriental culture also has its share of serious flaws. First US edition cover. Now I know that it is not, for ‘In Arabian Nights’ is certainly the arabain travel book I have ever read. Jan 30, Siddharth Gupta rated it it was amazing.

Using A Thousand and One Nights Alf Layla wa Layla as a sgah for creative storytelling the author peers into the underbelly of mythic tradition replete throughout Middle Eastern i tradition.

He throws open his house – much to the distress of his supremely tolerant wife Rachana – for epic, all-night literary sagas. The longer you have them, the more comfortable they become. While the author’s first book “The Caliph’s House” transported me on a magic carpet ride through the vibrants sights and sounds of Morocco, “In Arabian Nights” was bit of a disappointment.

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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. 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. Return to Book Page. Valuable, Handle with Care. We have a gift. You feel half proud of them and half ashamed and you hold them to your heart.

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In Arabian Nights is his finest work to nigts, and arabixn him a place beside his father as a gifted storyteller. Essentially, the primary plotline arbaian the book is the author looking for ‘the story inside himself’, and along the way to stimulate the oral tradition of storytelling. Stay in Touch Sign up.

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Like a secret door leading to a hidden garden, the words “once upon a time” opened on to an inner, parallel world. Louise Doughty’s travel companion. It is rich in personal anecdote, supernatural lore coat your doors with honey to exorcise jinns and absurdity carry a sieve in the souk to avoid being troubled by salesmen. 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 and sounds of Morocco, “In Arabian Nights” was bit of a disappointment.

Teeming with sorcerers, enchanted animals, jinnsand dervishes…. In this entertaining and penetrating book, Tahir sets out on a bold new journey across Morocco that becomes an adventure worthy of the mythical Arabian Nights. Shah is an individual who is restless, who is c This is the only book I have ever finished and immediately wanted to re-read.