Stanley, Steven. “Moroccan Roll”, iUniverse, 2007.
Morocco in the 70’s
Every once in a while I come across a book that I know will not satisfy me with just one reading for whatever reason. Steven Stanley’s “Morocco Roll” is one such book and because I enjoyed it so much, I want to add it to my list of books that I read over and over again. Stanley himself lives in Morocco for four years so he knows the backdrop well—so well, in fact, that I felt I was right there with him.
It is written in “Tales of the City style—there are many characters and they are not only involved in their own storylines but with each other. The cast is international in flavor—there are Americans, French and Moroccans and they are both gay and straight.
Morocco has always been a land of mystery to the West. It intrigues us with its eroticism and with its romance. It is the customs, traditions, and people that this novel is about and the people are weave tales.
There are five major characters and a plethora of minor ones. Their interaction and their lives give this novel its life. Claudette is a glamour girl who is full of adventure. A public love affair very nearly destroys her. Dave came to Morocco to get away from his boyfriend who could not accept himself as gay and chose to live in the closet. But he jumped from the frying pan into the fire when he fell in love with a Moroccan boy who happened to be straight. Kevin came to Morocco to have a second change at love as a tragedy took the man he loved from him. Janna succumbs to drugs so she could forget the Moroccan who broke her heart and Marcie who ran from Wisconsin so she could be free fell in love with a playboy. Each of these characters has to deal with his own demons and whether they succeed or not is left to the reader to find out.
Stanley manages to pull the reader because of his storyline and because of the way he writes. There is not a needless or redundant word in the book.
Steven Stanley is a man to watch and I do hope that he will not become a one book author. For a good and enjoyable real, it is also a way to meet new friends.