(4 / 5) Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood – Fatima Mernissi
This year, I hope to expand my reading by including books written by people from and/or about areas of the world that I am unfamiliar with and this month I chose Morocco. I am very excited to start this journey around the world and I’m happy to report that Morocco was a great place to start!
I found this book to be very endearing. Fatima Mernissi tells stories about her life growing up in a harem in Morocco during the 1940’s and the best part (in my opinion) is she tells the stories from the perspective of her childhood self. This was a beautiful and poignant way to narrate her story and the book is filled with all of the misunderstandings, confusion, as well as the child-like certainty that we all experience in our early years.
I also appreciated that as Mernissi’s childhood self learns about her environment, family, place in the world and society, I too, was learning about life in Morocco and the social, familial, and religious traditions that form everyday life. I found this book to be a perfect first foray into my journey around the world and I have no reservations recommending it to anyone interested in Morocco!
Read on my friends!
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