MOROCCAN ROUNDABOUT by Maureen Daly
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Using her own experiences as a base, Miss Daly adroitly unfolds and interprets Moroccan civilization today. Unlike other travel books, this is an intimate portrayal of the people of Morocco, their customs, personalities, humor, religion, ideals. In our trip around the country, other aspects (geography, occupations, food) emerge as a backdrop for observation of a score of diversified human beings -- Ahmed, the proud, colorful guide, the courteous Arab host at whose home ""we"" dined, the young Moroccan girl sheltered from the world, the peasant woman so deftly communicating in pantomime, the emancipated French Moroccan teenager. The piece de resistance in forging a more perfect understanding of these people comes at the end, in an enchanting tale of a young servant girl for an American family. Where so many ""trip"" books fail, this succeeds -- for we close it with the feeling of having penetrated a strange land, of having met and understood its inhabitants. Recommended with equal vigor for the young adult audience.

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 1961
Publisher: Dodd, Mead