- By John Hopkins

Tangier Diaries: 1962-1979

  • Title: Tangier Diaries: 1962-1979
  • Author: John Hopkins
  • ISBN: 9781900850025
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tangier Diaries John Hopkins spent almost two decades in Tangier from the age of He mixed with a range of characters including Rudolf Nureyev Joe Orton Barbara Hutton and Malcolm Forbes He also taught in the Ame

    John Hopkins spent almost two decades in Tangier from the age of 18 He mixed with a range of characters including Rudolf Nureyev, Joe Orton, Barbara Hutton and Malcolm Forbes He also taught in the American School from 1962 1965, before moving to Marrakesh to live in a mud farm house.

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    1. Hopkins is always at the height of his creative powers as a diarist rather than a novelist, the genius of his work being the gift he has to observe and record every element of life- and death- with detachment while powerfully conjuring the scenes he sees for the reader. Whether describing the Sufi rituals of the Moroccan Sahara or the gatherings of the ex-pat luminaries of the Tangier arts scene, Hopkins is at his best when detailing with the activities of such disparate tribes. In Tangier, he p [...]

    2. I finished reading this earlier today. I loved it. I was sorry that it ended. The writing is beautiful. John Hopkins descriptions of people and places is a revelation. This has leapfrogged over other books to become one of my favorites that I will read and reread. As a fellow writer, it's inspiring me to not only keep a journal, something I've done for 20plus years but to take it seriously. Something I've never done. Though these are diaries, it's better written than most novels and the descript [...]

    3. A wonderful record of Hopkins' time in Tangier, hanging out with Jane and Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, mint tea, sand bread, writing, the Sahara, falling in love, getting ill, smoking pot, rain storms, parties dragged a little, reading anyone's diary would, and felt a bit like the musings of a too-serious young artist, BUT it is full of great descriptions of the Moroccan landscape and culture and captures what must've been a kind of mecca for bohemian-type naughtiness.

    4. I thought this book was excellent. The book is a compilation of Mr. Hopkins' diary entries after graduating from Princeton and trying to find his place in the world. He ends up going to Algiers and getting in with all of the great writers before meeting his wife and eventually settling down in England. I would recommend this book because of the way it takes you through another persons very adventurous and spontaneous life story.

    5. I'm rereading this one. John Hopkins was part of the expatriate American literary crowd in Tangier through the sixties and into the seventies, knocking around with Tennessee Williams, Burroughs, Paul and Jane Bowles, Mohammed Mrabet etc. This is the second book about that scene I've found so far. These are apparently actual diary entries beginning in Hopkins' early twenties. A good read.

    6. The summer before his senior year at Princeton, Hopkins and a friend head to South America to explore a business deal. The experience proved life-changing and upon graduation, they commit themselves to seeing the world. At the time, Peru was Hopkins' first love but in 1962 he sets up residence in Tangier. From there he travels throughout the Middle East and Africa. Granted, he is aided by his connections as a Princeton grad, but he is still a wide-eyed young man who simply can't believe his luck [...]

    7. This book was perfect for reading in Tangier. The diary of a privileged Princeton graduate of the 60s, Hopkins has entre to the elite of expat artists who hung out in this exotic space between east and west. I liked the diary style, and it gave a sense of the recent past as it crosses western culture - parties with the Beatles, Timothy Leary, Rolling Stones, etc etc.

    8. OK, but unfortunately Mr Hopkins's timing was off a bit. He started in 1962, when the interesting phase of the Tangiers scene was already well in flight, and wrote here thru 1979, well after things had largely thudded at least from the standpoint of being interesting to a reader.

    9. The Tangier Diaries will be invaluable for anyone interested in Tangier and the myriad writers and artists who have lived there.Paul Bowles on The Tangier Diaries: “It's a beautiful work and I am only sorry that it's not longer. I'd be exceedingly proud to have written it.”

    10. Interesting period in Tangier history, certainly some entertaining characters (how could Paul and Jane Bowles be anything else?). I'm enjoying it because it reminds me of my trip there, and also for some insight into Morocco and the bohemian community there in the 60s.

    11. Liked it more with a second reading. Where he is a witness to the literary and artist world of Tangier it's very interesting the other stuff less so.

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