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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 235 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tauris I B (26. Mai 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1848854919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848854918
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 2,6 x 23,7 cm
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"'The Last Storytellers succeeds brilliantly in delving down through the endless overlapping layers of Marrakech life, to reveal the extraordinary underbelly, an ancient cultural bedrock built on stories and storytelling. Through a shrewd perception of a society that can seem nothing less than baffling to the Occidental mind, Richard Hamilton has triumphed where many before him have failed.' - Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House and In Arabian Nights 'This is a wonderfully vivid and striking collection of stories which I heartily recommend.' - Fergal Keane"

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Richard Hamilton has worked for the BBC World Service as a broadcast journalist since 1998, including being a correspondent in Morocco, South Africa and Madagascar. He also reports for BBC TV, radio and online. Whilst living in Morocco, he co-authored the Time Out Guide to Marrakech and has written throughout his career for magazines and newspapers such as Conde Nast Traveller and The Times. He has an MA in African Studies from SOAS.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von J. Gomes am 28. Mai 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book very much. It was like being back in Morocco again and experiencing the strange way of life that makes this country such a fascinating and wonderful place to visit. I decided to plan another trip back to the land of the Atlas mountains and partake of that sweet contrast between the cities, the palmeries and the desert that I've never found in any of my travels.
The author has expressed a great love for this country in his introduction if only in the determination he felt necessary to put this priceless set of stories together in order to preserve them for future generations of Moroccans as well as anyone interested in learning the rich cultural heritage offered to the world by the shoulder of Africa.
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Endangered Stories 13. Juli 2011
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`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 are men who followed what they saw as their fate despite the disapproval of orthodox Islam and opposition from 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. In his excellent introduction Richard Hamilton tells of some of their accomplishments. One learned most of the Old Testament and all of `One Thousand and One Nights'. Another studies classical Arabic texts at night and recites them next day in Darija, the dialect his listeners can 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, is exceptionally well read and can introduce material from Cervantes or Jorge Luis Borges into his tales. The oldest, going deaf and already blind, remembers when, 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 tell them are no strangers to poverty and oppression, it is not surprising that these thirty-seven stories show sympathy with the underdog and a subversive glee when 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 will tell him the truth.

This is a very entertaining collection and a book I intend to keep. To write this review I read the stories more quickly than I would have liked; but I hope to return and read them at a more leisurely 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.'
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Wonderful Stories 3. August 2011
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I loved The Last Storytellers a collection of wonderful traditional tales with the usual cast of innocent maidens, love lorn viziers, shepherds,djinns, holes in the ground and so on and so forth.
I used to watch the storytellers by Cafe France in Djemma elFna when we lived in Marrakesh--and now I know what they were saying.
These stories are elegantly translated and read beautifully --they obviously would read well aloud to all ages!
The world of A Thousand and One Nights meets the world of Grimm.
Terrific stuff.
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Smooth Tales That Go Down Easy 16. August 2012
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"The Last Storytellers" is a collection of 37 oral tales from five storytellers in the main marketplace in Marrakesh. They were collected by BBC Correspondent Richard Hamilton between 2006 and 2009 and cleaned up and are now presented in written form for your amusement.

The stories cover a lot of ground, from literary tales to fantasies, and some of them are a lot like Western tales (like a Cinderella story) while others feel much more like the Middle East. Many of the stories are quite short, just a few pages, though there are some longer tales as well. A number of the stories are quite grisly, so they would not make appropriate reading to children, though most would. If you're going to read these tales to children it would behoove you to read ahead to pick appropriate stories.

Hamilton said in an interview that his translator had sketchy English skills and that he had to clean up the stories a good bit, and I have to say that the tales as they are presented are quite smooth and well-told. That said, I am also reading "The Arabian Nights" right now, and I find the Nights to be better stories. They evoke more of a sense of wonder and have a sense of timing which Hamilton's tales do not do as well at. I also thought that Hamilton's tales give in to a malicious sense of justice a little too often (like an evil stepmom who is served the chopped-up body of her daughter for a snack) for my tastes.

Overall, however, Hamilton's stories are an enjoyable read and serve as an excellent introduction to the current oral storytelling in Marrakech. I often found myself chuckling as I read these stories, and I finished the collection with the feeling of having learned something about the state of modern Arab storytelling, which was valuable in itself. For the most part these are stories in the classical tradition, Once Upon A Time-type tales, and they hold up well to the modern reader. They are a good companion to "The Arabian Nights" and an enjoyable read. Get them, and enjoy!
Magic!!!! 18. September 2011
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This book took into a voyage on the back of a magic carpet to a wonderful place called Morocco. Where fantasy, Djinns, Sultan, Beauty, Love, Betray, Sorecellerie, Good and Bad lived all together.... This book presents great stories, meaningful and full of morals. This is definitely a must read for those who love to travel to a magic place and experience different tales......I simply enjoyed reading these fairytales, and i ceratinly didn't want to come back from that magic world!!!
Engrossing 8. September 2011
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This book takes you into the centre of Marrakech. Each story is a little eye opener, from the creation if the Sahara to the minister who only says 'it's good'. The stories can be moralistic, funny or sad -and reveal a great and old way of communication, one which is dying out in the face of modernity.
An excellent and original book with a fine, scholarly introduction.
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