By Suzanna Clarke
The Medina -- the previous urban -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled urban on this planet. within this vivid Moroccan group, web cafes and cell phones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, thousand-year-old sewer structures, and Arab-style homes, stunning with problematic, if usually shabby, mosaic paintings.
While touring in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are encouraged to shop for a dilapidated, centuries-old riad in Fez with the purpose of restoring it to its unique attractiveness, utilizing purely conventional craftsmen and hand-crafted fabrics. So starts off a amazing event that's bewildering, from time to time hilarious, and finally immensely worthwhile.
A condominium in Fez chronicles their meticulous recovery, however it is additionally a trip into Moroccan customs and lore and a window into the lives of its humans as friendships blossom. while the riad is ultimately lower back to its former glory, Suzanna reveals she has not only restored an outdated condo, but in addition her soul.
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This, of course, can be dismissed as a common device in polemical and horatory writing but to do so would be to give preference to the general rule above the particular case and, moreover, it safeguards Leavis from a rigorous reading, leaving the generally reductive estimate of his work intact. Leavis's anxiety about the rupture with which repetition threatens the obvious should be seen in relation to the 'breach in continuity' (MC & MC, p. 17) that Leavis claims is part of the crisis of the culture.
Thus, while it helps to give a concrete sense of the inflationary devaluation of standards it also, by virtue of its recurrence throughout the text, produces that inflation of which it is supposed to be an instance. It is little wonder then that Leavis, right at the beginning of his essay, should seek to suppress metaphor - '[t]here is no need to elaborate the metaphor' (p. 14) - since it proves so uncontrollable. The economic metaphor can be a source of inflation because it conditions a view of language as 'currency', thus inflation refers not just to money, but also to meaning.
Freud relates the demonic character of repetition to the death instinct, noting that 32 Re-reading Leavis while repetition binds energies together this ultimately allows it only to propel the organism towards dissolution. 75 The contradictory character of repetition in 'Mass Civilisation and Minority Culture' lies in seeking, by 'restating] the obvious', to bind together those 'few who are capable of unprompted first hand judgement' with the minority 'who are capable of endorsing such first hand judgement by genuine personal response' (MC & MC, p.