No city in the world has quite the exotic allure of Tangier. From the 17th century, it has been a city of refuge and excitements - a city where sex is cheap, drugs are plentiful, and a place where the outcasts of the world can breathe easily. The golden years of Tangier began after World War I and barely survived World War II. Among those who sought sanctuary or inspiratioNo city in the world has quite the exotic allure of Tangier. From the 17th century, it has been a city of refuge and excitements - a city where sex is cheap, drugs are plentiful, and a place where the outcasts of the world can breathe easily. The golden years of Tangier began after World War I and barely survived World War II. Among those who sought sanctuary or inspiration from the city were Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Ronnie Kray, the unhappy Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton, Kenneth Halliwell, Cecil Beaton, Ned Rorem and Truman Capote....
|Title||:||Tangier: City of a Dream|
|Number of Pages||:||372 Pages|
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Tangier: City of a Dream Reviews
Tangier is a fascinating book about the oddball city itself, and the oddballs who have frequented it or lived there. As an "expatriate" currently living in Oaxaca, I understand well how truly cringeworthy we can be when we colonize another piece of paradise. Because of its strategic location on the Straits of Gibraltar, the unique "solution" invented by the European powers was to make Tangier an international city, a tax haven, and what turned out to be an "anything goes" place of escape for the idle rich, the misanthrope, the criminal, the writer, and the artist. All this in an otherwise strict Islamic State ruled from Fez by a corrupt Sultan. The author, Iain Finlayson is a brilliant writer himself, which makes this book so much more than it might have been in less skilled hands. He lays the context for the series of ex-pat travesties with his pungent history of the city, its political and cultural conflicts, and then moves into descriptions of the waves of writers who descended, Paul and Jane Bowles, William Burroughs and the Beats, Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Though this era is long gone, my own fascination with the place has not lessened. For now I content myself with excursions down the Boulevard Pasteur via Google maps….
The chapter on Paul ("The Sheltering Sky") Bowles and his wife, Jane ("Two Serious Ladies") is superb. Jane's demise is a particularly moving story and the conjugal arrangements of the two, fascinating. Worth reading for this chapter alone.
This book bored me. Tremendously.