[[ Read Online ]] A Handful of Honey: Away to the Palm Groves of Morocco and AlgeriaAuthor Annie Hawes – Cekhargaproduk.co

Be ready for a lot of anthropology, history, and politics as the inquisitive Annie Hawes wants to know everything about Morocco, the role of the Moors in European history and Algeria of the present Never in fear of asking straight questions, she gets to the reasoning behind many of the religious rules and finds out why the youth of Algeria is becoming extremist.It is heart breaking to get closer to the timid, shy, locked up behind veils or walls, forever working women Even the heavy many folded turban is designed to give the men protection from the sun than women who may not deviate from the single layer of cloth I loved it when Annie could on occassion draw giggles or comments from the ladies, but even their childish ways show that the women are a long way from sophistication and education.As in the previous book by Annie Hawes, the experience of local food is a delight, and I, for one, am definitely going to make a far interesting carrot salad in future To sum up, the book is not an easy read, but very informative. Most parts beautifully written, particularly about food and people s lives I was not too keen on the political bits though. Slow going at first, but picks up steam once she gets out into the Moroccan countryside Great insight into the real Algeria as well, especially in the outback where things weren t always as they seemed, although I found it a bit confusing keeping track of all the players there.The two French guys she traveled with were straight out of a Tintin adventure, IMHO yes, I know he s Belgian Recommended for re enforcing the reality that a nation s government isn t always universally popular. The book was heavy on descriptions of history and politics that kept reading pace really slow I expected there to be instances of daily life in Morocco or Algeria type of stories, characterisation of people It could serve as an unconventional historical travel book if you may but would not think of it as a must read book.I preferred A House in Fez or In Arabian Nights much. This is the first of Hawes books ve ever read and probably the last Its one of the most boring books I ever read Politics politics politics This is non fiction but I wonder how much is made up At one point the author says she is positively drunk but she carries on relating everybody s view and contribution to the political discussion around the dinner table Really The only reason why I persevered was because I know Morocco and wanted to hear her comments and because I have never been to Algiers and wanted to hear her comments But its not worth scrolling through 10 or pages of ramblings to find a single sentence that interest me. A pretty sweet travel story though Northern Morocco and into Algeria sadly not possible now, as the land border is closed Very much showcased the hospitality that Moroccans are known for. Listened on audio At the beginning, when she was in a prison, I thought it was going to be too confronting and gruesome but it turned out to be an enjoyable and thought provoking short book about a woman travelling in Africa and making friends. I adore this book this is my second reading..I have been fascinated by north africa ever since reading Paul Bowles works in my youth and feasting on the tale of the intrepid victorian traveller Isabelle Eberhardt , who married an algerian soldier and died in a flash flood in the algerian sahara Add a dash of Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud and I was hookedI haven t made it to Morocco yet but found the descriptions vivid and enticing and would love to go someday And as for Algeria..well, I have seen something of it through the eyes of my Algerian husband whose Algiers dwelling family has made me very welcome, but this book looks at a lot history and culture than I have yet been able to learn about I laughed at her descriptions of some of the people and situations she encountered, and cringed at some of the faux pas she made I also think that the women are a lot less child like and much complex than she was aware ofof course with the language barrier she had no way of knowing that..The book finishes just at the point where the political situation was starting to get difficult, and I doubt she would have been able to make her trip a couple of years later, but I m glad she did because I so enjoyed the book.. I was really excited about this and got to page 246, but to be honest, it was a little too dense with the history of language, religion and colonisation for me.I wanted of the sights and sounds and tastes of Hawes present moment travel. An Hilarious And Thought Provoking New Travel Book From The Bestselling Author Of Extra VirginAiming To Track Down A Small Oasis Town Deep In The Sahara, Some Of Whose Generous Inhabitants Came To Her Rescue On A Black Day In Her Adolescence, Annie Hawes Leaves Her Home In The Olive Groves Of Italy And Sets Off Along The South Coast Of The MediterraneanTravelling Through Morocco And Algeria She Eats Pigeon Pie With A Family Of Cannabis Farmers, And Learns About The Habits Of Djinns She Encounters Citizens Whose Protest Against The Tyrannical King Hassan Takes The Form Of Attaching Colanders To Their Television Aerials A Practice He Soon Outlaws And Comes Across A Stone Age Method Of Making Olive Oil, Still Going Strong She Allows A Ten Year Old To Lead Her Into The Fundamentalist Strongholds Of The Suburbs Of Algiers Where She Makes A Good FriendPlunging Southwards, Regardless, Into The Desert, She At Last Shares A Lunch Of Salt Cured Saharan Haggis With Her Old Friends, In A Green And Pleasant Palm Grove Perfumed By Flowering Henna Once, It Seems, The Favourite Scent Of The Prophet Mohammed She Discovers At Journey S End That Life In A Date Farming Oasis, Haunting Though Its Songs May Be, Is Not So Simple And Uncomplicated As She Has ImaginedAnnie Hawes Has Legions Of Fans Her Writing Has The Well Built Flow Of Fiction And The Self Effacing Honesty Of A Journal