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The General: The Ordinary Man Who Challenged Guantánamo by Ahmed Errachidi

On September 2001, in a cafe in London, Ahmed Errachidi watched as the twin towers collapsed. He was appalled by the loss of innocent life. But he couldn’t possibly have predicted how much of his own life he too would lose because of that day. Ahmed Errachidi originates from Tangier and has spent the last … Continue reading


Marrakech : Second stop for my last summer holiday

I haven’t forgotten about my promise. There are some pictures I want to show you after Agadir on our next stop to Marrakech. I have visited Marrakech for 6 or 7 times and every time I go there for an overnight trip, I thought it was too dusty, too busy and too hot. This is the … Continue reading

Travel photos – Agadir beach scenes

I know, it’s autumn. We do not need to be reminded of the summer that’s gone. But a promise is a promise, so I hope to show you a series of travel pictures in 2 (or 3) separate posts. This year I have an overbooked of holidays and I am feeling slightly guilty about it. … Continue reading

Taking a break in Agadir

I’m taking a break with my family in the South of Morocco, Agadir. I am not a particularly keen on beach but if it means more reading time, I’m all for it. I find it hard to decide what I want to read. I’m not going to do very much site-seeing, having been in Agadir … Continue reading

Desert Divers by Sven Lindqvist

Little known to many, my guilty pleasure is reading travelogues and travel books. I stumbled upon this book and thought it would be a great companion to a trip to the desert. It is part biography, part historical, part travel, part confession sort of a book. The book is arranged in short chapters and the … Continue reading

For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri

For Bread Alone is Mohamed Choukri’s autobiography, translated by Paul Bowles of  The Sheltering Sky fame, collaborated with Mohamed Choukri to write an account of Choukri’s early years of his life. Mohamed Choukri family, like many mountain tribal community from the Atlas Mountain, came from the Rif mountain and to the port city of Tangier. Mohamed … Continue reading

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

“Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveller, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another.” – page 5 After ten years of marriage, Kit and Port Moresby have … Continue reading

Buying Properties in Morocco by Leaonne Hall

A review on a book called Buying Properties in Morocco? Are you kidding? Well, no. I am not about to do a book review, but I really like to share some interesting things that I came across in the book. I read this book out of curiosity, but also I already owned a property in Morocco. … Continue reading

La Prisonniere : 20 years in a desert gaol

I first saw this book in 2001 and wanted to purchase it. I soon forgotten about it until recently when I’m reading truck loads of books about Morocco, this one came up on the radar again. I finally got around reading it during my spring holiday.  For the next 3 days after I finished the book I … Continue reading

This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun

The hardest and most unbearable silence was that of light.  A powerful and manifold silence.  There was the silence of the night, always the same, and then there was the silence of the light.  A long and endless absence. Outside, not only over our pit but above all far away from it, there was life.  … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)