In Morocco. (reprint, 1920).
In Morocco. (reprint, 1920)
I.B. Tauris & Co.
Most of us cannot quite discern the mental image of her in a Marrakech harem, but there she is, probably taking notes. In 1917 Wharton journeyed to Morocco for a month and managed to tour quite a bit of the country, despite the oncoming rainy season and the fact that the ship passage from Marseilles included precautions against mines and other hazards of war. She gamely traveled by military vehicle, soaking in as best she could Moulay Idriss, Fez and Marrakech as they were just before the tourist onslaught began. She visited El Kairouiyin just after Christians were allowed to peek into the mosques, took in the rich and filthy cities before they were razed to make room for skyscrapers. Although she intended to write a travel book, she actually prepared a primary document about what one of the most Caucasian of women thought of a place as alien to her as another planet.
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