Look into the eyes of a jinn and you stare into the depths of your own
soul...Writer and film-maker Tahir Shah - in his 30s, married, with two
small children - was beginning to wilt under brash, cramped, ennervating
British city life. Flying in the face of friends' advice, he longed to
fulfil his dream of finding a place bursting with life, colour, history and
romance - somewhere far removed from London - in which to raise a family.
Childhood memories of holidaying with his parents, and of a grandfather he
barely knew, led him to Morocco and to 'Dar Khalifa', a sprawling and, with
the exception of its jinns, long-abandoned residence on the edge of
Casablanca's shanty town that, rumour had it, once belonged to the city's
Caliph.And so begins Tahir Shah's gloriously vivid, funny, affectionate and
compelling account of how he and his family - aided, abetted and so often
hindered by a wonderful cast of larger-than-life local characters-
guardians, gardeners, builders, artisans, bureacrats and police (not
forgetting the jinns, the spirits that haunt the house) - returned the
Caliph's House to its former glory and learned to make this most exotic and
alluring of countries their home.THE CALIPH'S HOUSE is a story of home-
ownership abroad - full of the attendant dramas, anxieties and frustrations
- but it is also much more. Woven into the narrative is the author's own
journey of self-discovery, of learning about a grandfather he hardly knew,
and of coming to love the magical, multi-faceted, contradictory country
that is Morocco.

Tahir Shah—The Caliph's House - A Year In Casablanca

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