A Handful of Honey

A Handful of Honey

Away to the Palm Groves of Morocco and Algeria

Book - 2008
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An hilarious and thought-provoking new travel book from the bestselling author of Extra VirginAiming to track down a small oasis town deep in the Sahara, some of whose generous inhabitants came to her rescue on a black day in her adolescence, Annie Hawes leaves her home in the olive groves of Italy and sets off along the south coast of the Mediterranean. Travelling through Morocco and Algeria she eats pigeon pie with a family of cannabis farmers, and learns about the habits of djinns; she encounters citizens whose protest against the tyrannical King Hassan takes the form of attaching colanders to their television aerials - a practice he soon outlaws - and comes across a stone-age method of making olive-oil, still going strong. She allows a ten-year-old to lead her into the fundamentalist strongholds of the suburbs of Algiers - where she makes a good friend. Plunging southwards, regardless, into the desert, she at last shares a lunch of salt-cured Saharan haggis with her old friends, in a green and pleasant palm grove perfumed by flowering henna: once, it seems, the favourite scent of the Prophet Mohammed. She discovers at journey's end that life in a date-farming oasis, haunting though its songs may be, is not so simple and uncomplicated as she has imagined. Annie Hawes has legions of fans. Her writing has the well-built flow of fiction and the self-effacing honesty of a journal.
Publisher: London : 2008
ISBN: 9780330457224
Branch Call Number: ANF 916.1 HAWE
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 20 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

Lovers of travel reads will thoroughly enjoy Hawes' book on her journey through Morocco and Algeria. Hawes travels with two male friends overland staying with the locals. She finds herself being treated as an honorary male in Islamic society and does her best to understand the customs of the various tribes of the regions. She shares pigeon pie with cannabis farmers, learns to ride a camel, unwittingly insults her most influential host, and makes friends with a host of people from all walks of society.

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