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Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua, 1893-1956 ePub download

by Gavin Maxwell

  • Author: Gavin Maxwell
  • ISBN: 1585742066
  • ISBN13: 978-1585742066
  • ePub: 1732 kb | FB2: 1876 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Africa
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (February 2001)
  • Pages: 276
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 456
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Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua, 1893-1956 ePub download

A dramatic history of intrigue and action in Morocco during the rise and spectacular fall of the House of Glaoua; with color photographs.
Fascinating reading if you are sincerely interested in Morocco or have spent time there: it has a history that is farcical, fantastic and gruesome by turns, but here it is told with such humor, wit and detail (much of it is taken from 1st person sources) that this is a very good read indeed.
Rose Of Winds
As a part time resident of Morocco who can often be found ‘lost’ in the crumbling ruins of kasbahs, it was easy to find myself ‘back in time’ whilst reading this book. The ‘fiefdom’ of the Glaoua dynasty is immensely interesting, interwoven with the complexities of history and political intrigues, alongside the vagaries and viciousness played out at every level, from the ruling families and would be’s, to the colonial powers. And, as is always the case in history, or in any event for that matter, nothing is what it seems. A reasonably easy read, though keeping track of names and dates can be a little tricky.
Brilliantly crafted with a wealth of information, Gavin Maxwell obviously did his homework and it shows. It was a delight to read although occasionally I found myself mystified by the thought that such barbaric and frankly extreme behaviour as described could have happened in such a beautiful and friendly country as the Morocco I know. But then again, that's what makes the book so interesting. The corrupting influence of wealth and power is a twice-told tale all too familiar. A "must read" for anyone with a genuine interest in history as well as the subtle and sometimes bewildering nuance of culture, customs and tradition. If the author was hoping to engender some sympathy for T’hami he failed with me. I thought that he was a despicable individual although no doubt blessed with that thin veneer of personal charm so typical of the type.
Interesting but not my favorite genre. Still trying to get past the mid-point after 2 months.
I had high hopes for this book, but I was disappointed in how often Maxwell puts in pages and pages of quotes from other sources. Not that they weren't interesting, but I had hoped for more of his own writing.
Great book for history of Morocco
Amazing reading.
I had the good fortune of having the illustrator as a tour guide in Marrakesh. The book and its illustrations capture this part of the world wonderfully
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