Travel guide overview: In Morocco, by Edith Wharton | Travel
ATraditional New York go, Edith Wharton was a polymath. The author, philanthropist, architect and hardworking, from a very wealthy family, was the original Jones – only a few could continue. So don’t count in Morocco, for a one-month visit to the end of the First World War, expecting the crisis to be overcome and the challenges to be met. Well-mannered and well-connected, Wharton rides in a war chariot, a guest of French colonial officials and a local sultan. Instead, read it as a fascinating picture of a world that is about to open up “all the prohibitions and impurities of the modern system of things”, and review the anti-apartheid sentiment that existed a century ago.
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