The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco PDF


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  1. Mindy McAdams Mindy McAdams says:

    I searched out books about Morocco because I was going to visit Morocco in May 2016 As a result I read a number of very good books that otherwise I might never have found This collection of oral folk tales from the public storytellers in Marrakech is unique among those books, and I really loved it.The collector and writer of these tales has been a BBC journalist for almost 20 years In his wonderful introduction to this book, he explains how the traditional storytellers were a fixture in Marra I searched out books about Morocco because I was going to visit Morocco in May 2016 As a result I read a number of very good books that otherwise I might never have found This collection of oral folk tales from the public storytellers in Marrakech is unique among those books, and I really loved it.The collector and writer of these tales has been a BBC journalist for almost 20 years In his wonderful introduction to this book, he explains how the traditional storytellers were a fixture in Marrakech s famous public square, the Jemaa el Fna, for hundreds of years and now their art form is disappearing as they die out and no one replaces them The Jemaa el Fna remains the beating heart of Marrakech even today the book was first published in 2011 the stories were collected 2006 09 , but the storytellers are almost extinct.Most of the stories are quite short, only a few pages They totalthan 30 One of the best things about the collection is that Hamilton took pains to include only stories specific to Marrakech and to exclude those that are just versions of One Thousand and One Nights A K A Arabian Nights I began reading these stories after I returned from my trip, and they so fabulously conjure the smells and flavors and shadows and colors of Marrakech, to read them was to dream myself back there in the Medina of Marrakech, in the High Atlas, in the desert


  2. Simon Bell Simon Bell says:

    This book is clever, fun and very interesting It teaches some valuable lessons which help you to see things differently It s a great read and will keep you immersed for days You will permanently have your head buried in this book and its many tales Definitely read it Zoe, age 10.


  3. Xanthe.Greshamgmail.Com Xanthe.Greshamgmail.Com says:

    My husband Robin treated me with a trip to Marrakesh We went straight to the holy grail of storytellers the Jemaa el Fnaa in the Medina Quarter We found monkeys in dresses, coiled up snakes but no storytellers We asked and asked and were assured they would come but they never did We tried for three days Finally I walked into a bookshop and Richard L Hamilton s The Last Storytellers fell into my hands I read the stories while breathing in the sensory delights of the marketplace and the sto My husband Robin treated me with a trip to Marrakesh We went straight to the holy grail of storytellers the Jemaa el Fnaa in the Medina Quarter We found monkeys in dresses, coiled up snakes but no storytellers We asked and asked and were assured they would come but they never did We tried for three days Finally I walked into a bookshop and Richard L Hamilton s The Last Storytellers fell into my hands I read the stories while breathing in the sensory delights of the marketplace and the storytellers finally arrived in a glamorous rush with all their magical, hypnogogic, life changing images and timeless wisdom.Thank you to Richard Hamilton I loved the story the Red Lantern so much that my quest changed I needed a small red lantern that would fit into my hand luggage Needless to say, the lantern, the story and Richard s whole book made Marrakesh all I hoped it would be.If you like traditional stories, this book is a treasure It is beautifully written with a fabulous collection of stories


  4. Csenge Csenge says:

    Richard Hamilton collected thirty seven folktales between 2006 and 2009 on the Jemaa el Fna, the famous market of Marrakesh, where the five tellers of these tales were among the last who still make or used to make a living from telling stories to a live audience The translations are not verbatim, and Hamilton admits to occasionally embellishing the language of the stories which shows when a turn of phrase sounds modern , but they are close to the originals This is not a folklore publication Richard Hamilton collected thirty seven folktales between 2006 and 2009 on the Jemaa el Fna, the famous market of Marrakesh, where the five tellers of these tales were among the last who still make or used to make a living from telling stories to a live audience The translations are not verbatim, and Hamilton admits to occasionally embellishing the language of the stories which shows when a turn of phrase sounds modern , but they are close to the originals This is not a folklore publication by a long shot, so it lacks notes, but it is a very enjoyable read, and has a long and detailed Introduction to the circumstances of collection, Moroccan storytelling tradition, and the tellers themselves I have found quite a few memorable, beautiful, and fascinating stories in it.Blog post about the tales in detail


  5. Ita Ita says:

    The Last Storytellers is a book that puts into print stories from the Moroccan tradition of oral storytelling, which goes back almost a thousand years and is now in danger of becoming extinct Assisted by his guide, Ahmed Tija, Richard Hamilton, the BBC s Moroccan correspondent, sought out in Marrakech five authentic storytellers Typically they were men who followed what they saw as their fate, despite the disapproval of orthodox Islam and the opposition of their families who regarded storyte The Last Storytellers is a book that puts into print stories from the Moroccan tradition of oral storytelling, which goes back almost a thousand years and is now in danger of becoming extinct Assisted by his guide, Ahmed Tija, Richard Hamilton, the BBC s Moroccan correspondent, sought out in Marrakech five authentic storytellers Typically they were men who followed what they saw as their fate, despite the disapproval of orthodox Islam and the opposition of their families who regarded storytelling as little better than begging.The last storytellers may be aged, poor and frail, but their stories are rich in detail and full of vitality One learned most of the Old Testament and all of One Thousand and One Nights Another studied classical Arab texts at night and recited them next day in Darija, the dialect his listeners could understand The youngest, who was born into an extremely poor family and had to leave school so that he could help his father at work, was exceptionally well read and could introduce material from Cervantes or Jorge Luis Borges into his tales The oldest, going deaf and already blind, remembered that, during the time of the French Protectorate, storytellers, speaking in the Berber language, used stories to pass messages to one another in code.Since the men who told them were no strangers to poverty and oppression, it is not surprising that these thirty seven stories show sympathy with the underdog, and a subversive glee where he succeeds where others have failed Sons of black slaves inherit a kingdom and marry a Sultan s daughter respected magistrates turn out to be crooks barbers are promoted to the rank of Vizier and a Sultan sacks all his sycophantic viziers because none of them tell the truth.This is a very entertaining collection, and a book I intend to keep To write this review I read the storiesquickly than I would have liked, but I hope to return and read them at aleisurely pace All good stories have depths which do not reveal themselves immediately, and these are no exception Richard Hamilton has done us all a service in recording what he describes as a priceless treasure, as precious as mankind s greatest artefact, or the planet s most endangered species, and of immeasurable importance to humanity


  6. Thomas Hübner Thomas Hübner says:

    a wonderful book Richard Hamilton, a BBC journalist with a weak spot for Morocco has collected some of the stories that are told until today by the traditional storytellers in Marrakech The storyteller, once a fixture of each Arabic tea house, is unfortunately a craft that is disappearing quickly thanks to the ever present TV or other electronic gimmicks in each coffee shop or tea house nowadays And that is a real cultural loss At least someof the a wonderful book Richard Hamilton, a BBC journalist with a weak spot for Morocco has collected some of the stories that are told until today by the traditional storytellers in Marrakech The storyteller, once a fixture of each Arabic tea house, is unfortunately a craft that is disappearing quickly thanks to the ever present TV or other electronic gimmicks in each coffee shop or tea house nowadays And that is a real cultural loss At least someof the stories of this maybe last generation of master storytellers is preserved in this book.Hamilton visited Morocco many times, and with the assistance of a local guide he was able to track down some of the most extraordinary masters of oral storytelling Once he made a personal contact with them and convinced them to tell him some of their stories in order to preserve them for posterity, it was not difficult any A stream of wonderfully crafted stories was recorded on tape and translated from the local dialect into English.37 stories told by Moulay Mohamed El Jabri, Abderrahim El Makkouri, Ahmed Temiicha, Mohamed Bariz, and Mustapha Khal Layoun form the main part of The Last Storytellers, Hamilton added an insightful Introduction that gives not only detailed information regarding the making of this precious book but that gives also a short account on the role of oral storytelling in the traditional Arabic societies Barnaby Rogerson, who wrote an excellent biography of the Prophet provides an instructive foreword.So, if you loved the 1001 Nights and you want to know about The Red Lantern and how it changed the life of two very different brothers, or about The Girl from Fez, you will not be disappointed I am quite sure you will enjoy this book very much and maybe you will say in the end It is good just like the Prime Minister in the story The King and His Prime Minister And there will be a much deeper meaning in this sentence as you may think right now.I read The Last Storytellers in a traditional tea house in Amman which was just the perfect place for it But no matter where you read it, The Last Storytellers is a truly enchanting and captivating book


  7. Tash Bell Tash Bell says:

    I loved this book so much it prompted me to travel to Morocco which is saying something, as I m usuallyMegaluf than mega culture Richard Hamilton is a BBC correspondent who s been travelling round this part of the world for years, and clearly loves it Keen to document an oral tradition now under threat, he s put together a playlist of wonderful tales from local storytellers This colourful collection of fables, morals and misadventures all honed for listeners over countless generat I loved this book so much it prompted me to travel to Morocco which is saying something, as I m usuallyMegaluf than mega culture Richard Hamilton is a BBC correspondent who s been travelling round this part of the world for years, and clearly loves it Keen to document an oral tradition now under threat, he s put together a playlist of wonderful tales from local storytellers This colourful collection of fables, morals and misadventures all honed for listeners over countless generations reads like a handy sized Arabian Nights I passed it on to my young children, who loved it The result is a soothing and spellbinding story of a beautiful and magical country Morocco s amazing, believe me I ve been there


  8. Bouchra Zahhaf Bouchra Zahhaf says:

    This is by so far one of the best books that tackled the art of storytelling in Marrakech Through a collection of stories from the Moroccan folklore, Hamilton takes the readers to experience a new world a world that lays in the imagination of oral storytellers in the red city of Marrakech It is an interesting book for both Moroccan readers who want to learnabout oral storytelling as a Moroccan cultural aspect through stories which might be lost or forgotten, and Western readers who migh This is by so far one of the best books that tackled the art of storytelling in Marrakech Through a collection of stories from the Moroccan folklore, Hamilton takes the readers to experience a new world a world that lays in the imagination of oral storytellers in the red city of Marrakech It is an interesting book for both Moroccan readers who want to learnabout oral storytelling as a Moroccan cultural aspect through stories which might be lost or forgotten, and Western readers who might have never been to Morocco but are interested to learn about it s arts especially the art of storytelling as a cultural aspect of the country and as an experience and a life practice for the oral storytellers


  9. Rachel Blech Rachel Blech says:

    This collection of short tales unlocks the mysteries of some of the old fables of Morocco that are part of the tapestry of Marrakech cultural traditions In particular, the simplicity of the message and moral of some of the stories sticks with the reader long after the last page has been turned one year after first reading these stories I still recall the tale which describes the birth of the Sahara desert, growing and swelling in size with each lie told by Man The Last Storytellers capture This collection of short tales unlocks the mysteries of some of the old fables of Morocco that are part of the tapestry of Marrakech cultural traditions In particular, the simplicity of the message and moral of some of the stories sticks with the reader long after the last page has been turned one year after first reading these stories I still recall the tale which describes the birth of the Sahara desert, growing and swelling in size with each lie told by Man The Last Storytellers captures the dying art of the oral tradition of storytellers who used to perform in villages and towns across Morocco it preserves some of these tales for future generations and for a wider audience It is ideal for dipping into as you travel in Morocco on holiday or for reading to your children


  10. Daniela Daniela says:

    This is like a coloring book for grown ups one s own imagination makes the difference between a boring sketch and a wonderful story Alternatively, one could really do with a story tellerLike 1001 Nights and very much unlike the Western fairy tales, the stories go unpredictable ways and have a twisted sense of who deserves the princess and the kingdom In The Sultan s Daughter and the Leper , the guy who is lazy, drunk, ugly and not particularly clever wins just because he is massively luc This is like a coloring book for grown ups one s own imagination makes the difference between a boring sketch and a wonderful story Alternatively, one could really do with a story tellerLike 1001 Nights and very much unlike the Western fairy tales, the stories go unpredictable ways and have a twisted sense of who deserves the princess and the kingdom In The Sultan s Daughter and the Leper , the guy who is lazy, drunk, ugly and not particularly clever wins just because he is massively lucky Likewise, in The Sultan and the Thief , the guy who kills a long list of innocents including his brother gets the job because he outsmarts his opponents You will enjoy this book if you like to be surprised and to work out your imagination


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The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco [Reading] ➶ The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco By Richard L. Hamilton – Thomashillier.co.uk Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco s ancient storytelling tradition For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recou Marrakech is the heart Storytellers: Tales PDF ☆ and lifeblood of Morocco s ancient storytelling tradition For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences But this unique chain of oral tradition that has passed seamlessly from generation to The Last Epub / generation is teetering on the brink of extinction The competing distractions of television, movies and the internet have drawn the crowds away from the storytellers and few have the desire to learn the stories and continue their legacy Richard Hamilton has witnessed at first hand the death throes of this rich and captivating tradition and, Last Storytellers: Tales PDF ✓ in the labyrinth of the Marrakech medina, has tracked down the last few remaining storytellers, recording stories that are replete with the mysteries and beauty of the Maghreb.

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco
  • Richard L. Hamilton
  • English
  • 06 February 2019
  • 1780765347

About the Author: Richard L. Hamilton

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