Cinnamon City

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  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • Cinnamon City
  • Miranda Innes
  • English
  • 03 September 2017
  • 0593054202

About the Author: Miranda Innes

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Cinnamon CityHardcover ë Cinnamon City eBook ´ cinnamon book, city ebok, Cinnamon CityCinnamon City MOBILyrical and evocative, this is a travel book masquerading as the story of the author s purchase of a very dilapidated property in Marrakech and her attempts to renovate it Included is the family Christmas from hell in a house with few modern conveniences, and her love affair with all things Moroccan.

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10 thoughts on “Cinnamon City

  1. Lucas Peters says:

    This is one of those books that has a lot of promise but never wrote itself out of its stereotypes both on the part of the protagonist and her family and the Moroccans they meet along the way It s too bad The Sultan s House and A House in Fez are similar stories protagonist purchases a riad in Morocco, the work is overwhelming andthan they expected, but through the work on this old house, a better, deeper understanding of the culture eventually happens but these similar stories ar This is one of those books that has a lot of promise but never wrote itself out of its stereotypes both on the part of the protagonist and her family and the Moroccans they meet along the way It s too bad The Sultan s House and A House in Fez are similar stories protagonist purchases a riad in Morocco, the work is overwhelming andthan they expected, but through the work on this old house, a better, deeper understanding of the culture eventually happens but these similar stories are done so much better They re written with muchgrace and much less of a colonial meets the natives type of mentality that Innes is guilty of throughout this flat work The Moroccan characters in particular such as the maids, managers, and souk shop owners all come across as less than fully formed humans It s as if the writer didn t really want to explore the culture and couldn t penthan a few vapid stereotypes Perhaps the worst of the bunch is the manager, Hecham, who seems to always begin a sentence with, Beliv me, Mr Dan If there was such a thing as writing blackface for Morocco, this would be it Really, just insensitive, shallow writing all the way around I picked up this book hoping for a littleinsight, a littlesensitivity, a littleabout Marrakesh, but what I came away with was a bag full of stereotypes, some clunky writing, and a few wasted ours If you re really interested in Morocco and this idea of what it takes to restore a traditional house in the old cities of Morocco, check out The Sultan s House by Tahir Shah or A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke Both of these are far better reads by any measure

  2. Helen says:

    Wonderful storyAnother tale of Morocco, Marrakech I have learned that I haven t even touched the surface of Marrakech and need to exploreThank you Miranda for your story Loved this book.

  3. Rachel Glass says:

    I do love a good travel book that isabout people acclimatising to a new culture, language or country I think the blurb was pretty clear that this book would be based around Innes experiences buying and renovating a house in Marrakesh, but I think I was expecting a bitdepth in terms of describing the culture and maybe delving into the history a bitInstead we get lots of surprise at building work being done differently, lots of food descriptions, and some complaining about pay I do love a good travel book that isabout people acclimatising to a new culture, language or country I think the blurb was pretty clear that this book would be based around Innes experiences buying and renovating a house in Marrakesh, but I think I was expecting a bitdepth in terms of describing the culture and maybe delving into the history a bitInstead we get lots of surprise at building work being done differently, lots of food descriptions, and some complaining about payingthan necessary for things.That said, I did have a couple of chuckle aloud moments, though Innes constant self deprecation can get a bit much at times, and the stories of their first two riad managers were certainly horrifying.Quite similar to The Caliph s House which I read fairly recently, but also different as Innes was doing lots of flitting between Spain and Marrakech whereas Shah lived in the house he and his family were renovating I would give it 3.5 stars

  4. Aiste says:

    I really really wanted to enjoy this book, but I could not connect with the writing style or with the imbalance of content of house details vs life in Morocco, as the blurb suggested where passionate music, magic potions and the dream of Africa are cooled by the genius of Arabic culture Perhaps by reading a lot of similar literature A House in Fez , Tahir Shah s books on Morocco, I keep getting disappointed However, there were some sweet parts the chapter on the girls time together in M I really really wanted to enjoy this book, but I could not connect with the writing style or with the imbalance of content of house details vs life in Morocco, as the blurb suggested where passionate music, magic potions and the dream of Africa are cooled by the genius of Arabic culture Perhaps by reading a lot of similar literature A House in Fez , Tahir Shah s books on Morocco, I keep getting disappointed However, there were some sweet parts the chapter on the girls time together in Marrakesh that gave a slightlyversatile narrative between the Riad and the local life.If this is your first book on Morocco or Marrakesh , go for it If you have read the previously mentioned books, think twice before you start

  5. Plum-crazy says:

    Enjoyable book about the ups downs of purchasing a foreign propertyin this case in Marrakech While I did find myself skimming bits of the book, on the whole I found, as the blurb says theevocative descriptions of the swirling colours, flavours and aromas,bought the riad to life the problems encountered with finding a good manager were quite amusing.I was intriuged enough to look up Riad Maizie on the internet it was just as I imagined from the books descriptions beautiful Take a Enjoyable book about the ups downs of purchasing a foreign propertyin this case in Marrakech While I did find myself skimming bits of the book, on the whole I found, as the blurb says theevocative descriptions of the swirling colours, flavours and aromas,bought the riad to life the problems encountered with finding a good manager were quite amusing.I was intriuged enough to look up Riad Maizie on the internet it was just as I imagined from the books descriptions beautiful Take a look for yourself here o All in all, an interesting read about moving to a country were the culture is far removed from my own

  6. Ligra Nera says:

    Tai tikra istorija Daugyb nuotyki , nesusipratim , keblum svetimoje alyje, svetimoje kult roje Ne kiekvienas ry t si tokiai avanti rai pirkti nusenusius r mus svetimoje alyje, su svetimais papro iais, po i riu, juos i paskutini santaup remontuoti, tikintis ateityje paversti klestin iu prabangiu vie bu iu Visi autor s patirti nuotykiai ir poju iai alsuoja tenyk t s kult ros kvapais, egzotika tokia viliojan ia ir galin ia tapti tokia apgaulinga Buvo gera ir idomu skaityti.

  7. Bethan Thomas says:

    Enjoy Miranda s style of writing which is highly descriptive if a little retrospective She has humour and wit with an element of feminism that reflects her age and working success Sometimes you think well surely you knew Morocco would appear to be sexist to western eyes and hardly likely to be less than exploiting of unsuspecting foreigners.the book is amusing and funny but lacks as much of Miranda s presence as her previous read.

  8. Ann Hill says:

    A lovely read about a couple who buy a house in Marakkech The house is an impulse buy and results in much stress There are though some lovely descriptions of Marrakech, not sure if I would want to live there

  9. Caroline says:

    Well, this book was completely up my alley or zaqaq in this case.So much my favourite genre, and luxuriously written.Imagine my delight, upon reluctantly finishing, to find the prequel in my TBR pile.

  10. Sister Boom says:

    I really liked this woman and her tale, she brought me back to Marrakech with all it s joys and frustrations and I enjoyed the company.