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Tahir Shah was born into an Anglo-Afghan family with roots in the mountain stronghold of the Hindu Kush. Most of his eleven books (in a dozen languages) and four television documentaries have chronicled a series of fabulous journeys in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He lives with his wife and two children in Casablanca.
Son of the late Sayed Indries Shah, a well-known Sufi leader and story collector, British writer Shah described his relocation to Casablanca with his wife and children in The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca. Here, he takes readers on a spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez and Marrakech, with emotional flashbacks to a horrific time spent in a Pakistani prison, an ordeal that helped unlock his imagination. His story revolves around an intrepid American who turns up on his family's doorstep in Casablanca because of Shah's previous book. Shah delves into Moroccan society and culture; his experiences will make readers want to trace his footsteps abroad. Although comparisons to Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun and Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence are obvious, this account is unforgettable because of its author's innate storytelling abilities. Highly recommended for larger armchair travel collections and for collections on the Arab world.-Elizabeth Connor, the Citadel, Military Coll. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Intensely felt.... Teeming with sorcerers, enchanted animals, jinns, and dervishes....Shah's Moroccans and the shards of their tales create a brilliant literary mosaic."--Booklist "Creates moments of wonderment.... And worthy of note, especially in these times, is its illumination of a part of Arabic culture that is gracious, gentle and wise."--Cleveland Plain Dealer "A spellbinding journey from Casablanca to Fez and Marrakech...unforgettable... Highly recommended for larger armchair travel collections and for collections on the Arab world." --Library Journal "Simply irresistible...bursts with quirky characters, Moroccan lore, desert and urban landscapes, odd encounters, an incisively curious and adventure-seeking mind, and a lust for and fascination with ancient tales." --Providence Journal "Mesmerizing ...brings the sights, sounds, and smells of modern Morocco to vibrant life ...an enthralling triumph." --National Geographic Traveler