The storyteller of Marrakesh is a master embroiderer on the vast tapestry that is human history.
Through one single evening's storytelling one may be merely fascinated by the way the events unfold, or one can go on to a deeper level of understanding to see how certain events can seed different perspectives on the tale, and how the threads are drawn together and overlaid to create a story worth hearing out. The artifact illustrates the storyteller's art. And while you read the book you are listening to the his voice!
At the start we find a brief reflection on Truth. For most of us truth is absolute, black and white. Not here; and the leeway this perception creates allows conflicting testimonies to coexist and overlap through the evening. Which might puzzle some listeners, while fascinating others.
Towards the end of the evening we are told, again concerning the absoluteness (or not) of truth: "The only thing that matters is the meeting of a man and his soul". While listening to the tale, magically - as a body absorbs health giving substances while soaking in a spa bath - we ourselves acquire perspectives that cure us of western civilisation's tunnel vision, and we can see all sides of the question simultaneously.
Some earlier reviewers have claimed they found the text unrewarding, not worth reading through to the end. I am disappointed for them; they have missed a rare and precious opportunity.
I hope you will feel swept on to the end, and emerge - as I did - enriched by the experience, by text artfully crafted as intricate and elegant as Arabic calligraphy.
- Hardcover: 342 pages
- Publisher: Westland (20 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9380283903
- ISBN-13: 978-9380283906
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
- Customer Reviews: 50 customer ratings