Gates to Tangier

Gates to Tangier



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When the father of the Benzimra family dies, he leaves a will informing his family of an illegitimate son he fathered with a Muslim woman in Morocco. To receive the inheritance, the family is instructed do everything possible to find that son. They embark on a journey to Tetouan, Morocco, from places as far-flung as Jerusalem, Madrid, New York and Paris. They are in search of their lost brother; a journey that will bring them face-to-face with their Moroccan roots and with their Judaism, a journey that will force them to think about their identities. After this experience they will no longer be the same. The novel reveals the Sephardi-Ashkenazi conflicts in Israeli society as well as the ties and tensions between the Arab world and Europe, and between Middle Eastern and Western cultures.

This is a novel about the little-known world of the Jews of Northern Morocco, full of intrigue, humor, and eroticism. But there is also the possibility of a homecoming.

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ISBN-13: 9781794794009
Publication date: 12/08/2019
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.39(d)

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Gates to Tangier 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Gates to Tangier by Mois Benarroch is a stunning family saga, an exceptionally entertaining story that will take readers on a race across countries and continents to discover the truth about their identity. Upon his death, the head of the Benzimra family makes a shocking revelation: he has an illegitimate son with a Muslim woman and he is bound to share in the inheritance. As members of the family search for their lost brother, they are unwittingly unveiling layers of their cultural identity and heritage. Readers watch with bated breath as they explore Jerusalem, and race across countries to Madrid, New York and Paris. The dialogue is a powerful component in plot and character development. At times it is deep and very intelligent. Readers will enjoy the multilayered conflict explored in this novel, a story that is brilliantly told, featuring very compelling characters. Readers will be amazed at the revealing portrayal of the plight of the Sephardim in Israel. The pilgrimage made by the Benzimras will bring them face to face with different cultures and conflicts, and face to face with themselves. The language is beautiful, and being a translation, one can imagine how this story reads in its original language. Mois Benarroch’s Gates to Tangier is a masterpiece, a story that will inform and entertain readers immensely. A wonderful read.
NooksterBS More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! It is a strange book for a Black woman to read. It seems to express the continued pain of the current day Jews . Some parts are long and hard to follow but stay with it. The ending will leave your mouth hanging open. A family trying to find a half brother. I don't know what else to say except, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! PLEASE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for this book.
LeeRyder1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, the writing in the book is very formal so it can be daunting but once you get into the swing of the language it's easy to read. There are point of view switches between the characters which some readers don't like, but in my opinion I think it really adds to the characters and depth of the story. I particularly like that there is a point of view for the dead brother, I really like seeing his take and his story in this book as well. He is mentioned often and in high regard which is so special. There are also wonderful little vignettes between chapters that lighten up the mood of the book and are inspirational and beautiful. This was one of my favorite parts of the whole book. Those little nuggets of beauty between the chapters. My favorite character was the little sister because she really had the heart of the family in mind. She was so special and so amazing in so many ways and always had very deep and beautiful thoughts about things that were acknowledged by the family. There was a twist in the story that was TOTALLY unexpected and lends so much to the plot changing that it really had me turning pages after and made it hard to put down. (literally I read the last half of this book in one sitting). It's such a good story and I hope that Mr. Benarroch continues the story because it's riveting and where he left off definitely hints at more.