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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca - Tahir Shah I admire here, as in his other books, Shah's ability to soak up an environment and describe details and conversations that heighten both its familiar and alien aspects. That said, if someone hung a cat where my child could see it, however much I understood the culture, I'd have my family on the next train out. Since Tahir travels a lot, in a semi-planned way similar to the renovation, I suppose Rachana knew what she was getting into when she married him. I'd like to know more about her and how she experienced the move, renovation, and life in the house.