Item description for Storm Over Morocco : Finding God in the Midst of Fanatics by Frank Romano & M. Stefan Strozier...
This edition includes an Epilogue on the author's recent quest for spiritual peace among religions in the Middle East, notably highlighting interfaith activities in Israel and Palestine. He takes readers to the middle of the Jenin Refugee Camp where he spoke with many former prisoners of the Israeli government. The author believes that from the Jenin Refugee Camp, the heartthrob of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, will flow the river of peace that will reach the four corners of the world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Feb 3, 2007
Publisher World Audience, Org.
ISBN 1934209430 ISBN13 9781934209431
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More About Frank Romano & M. Stefan Strozier
Romano is a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the founder of a number of magazines and user groups.
Frank Romano has an academic affiliation as follows - RIT Schl of Printing Mgt & Sciences, Rochester, NY.
Reviews - What do customers think about Storm Over Morocco : Finding God in the Midst of Fanatics?
Great buy! Jul 14, 2008
I totally enjoyed this thrilling yet soul-searching book. What Frank Romano went through in trying to find a universal, peace-loving religion and ending up a prisoner is unbelievable! How he managed to escape from his captors and not end up brainwashed is nothing short of amazing. This is a definite must-read - I thoroughly enjoyed sharing Romano's life journey, and all the suspense surrounding the escape was a bonus along the way. Great book - so much knowledge and detail - I gained a whole lot from this novel.
A disastrous trip to Morocco Jun 11, 2008
Reviewed by Jen Cardwell for Reader Views (6/08)
Frank Romano tells the story of his youth and his attempts to find himself in "Storm Over Morocco." For quite a while I wondered why exactly he chose to write this book and tell this story, what precisely he was trying to say or accomplish. I have finally decided that telling this story is his attempt to cleanse his soul and lift his burdens, along the lines of Jeannette Walls or Julie Gregory writing memoirs of their childhood and their messed up parents.
Although this book is the story of Romano's disastrous trip to Morocco, I felt he could have quite easily written about his messed up childhood, since, and I don't mean to get into too much pop psychology, he clearly had one. Romano's entire trip seemed to be characterized by dramatic swings between desperately needing love and affection and being completely distrustful and paranoid about everyone he encountered. I became repeatedly distracted from the story he was actually telling to wonder about the story he wasn't telling, about how he came to be both so needy and so distrustful.
Romano writes well, and definitely infuses his words with his feelings. The first five chapters or so, even before he left on his journey, were written with such intensity that I was only able to read a chapter or two at a time. It took me a while to truly get into this book, but by the end I was caught up in the story.
Although I did eventually get caught up in the story, it was hard for me to truly enjoy it. As I stated earlier, what I would really have liked to have read is the story of Romano's childhood in order to figure out how he ended up as he did. In addition, I was too busy yelling at the book, "No! Don't do THAT! That's a terrible idea! Listen to your friends!," etc. I don't do well with people who do really dumb things, which Romano did in spades in his trip. However, I did like the book for its semi-insider's view of Moroccan culture in the 1970s. If you're the kind of person who can watch people do stupid things in books or in movies without yelling at them, then "Storm Over Morocco" could be very interesting.
An unusual story... but not an impressive one, unfortunately Apr 8, 2008
A poorly planned (unplanned?) search for "universal religion" leads the author into a cult-like conservative religious community in Morocco. But if you saw the words "fanatics" and "fundamentalism" and are expecting references to Osama bin Laden, Iran, or burning American flags, be aware: you will not find them here.
This is a travel narrative. But what's most disturbing to me about Romano's trip is that this guy apparently had no clue what he might be getting into, and didn't bother doing ANY homework about the country or culture to find out before leaving. He just wanders off to North Africa, expecting mystical desert experiences, I guess. His narrative comes off as 'new age'-y and self-absorbed. An unprepared solo traveler, Romano misunderstands basic aspects of Muslim religion and Moroccan culture (such as sacrificing a lamb to roast for the feast of Eid al-Kabir) and feels increasingly alienated as a result. Out of his comfort zone and vulnerable, he gets mixed up in a super-conservative religious crowd whose members believe that he wants to convert. Finally, having managed to get himself into pretty hot water with them (quite an accomplishment in the desert) he drifts in and out of paranoia as he attempts to 'get out' and back to France.
The subtitle of this book is "Finding God in the Midst of Fanatics." It should have been "How NOT to Travel." It's worth reading for that reason only. Do the exact opposite of what Romano did, and you should have a great time.
A young man's quest Sep 11, 2007
What were the rest of us doing while Frank Romano was on his own pursuing a personal quest for faith and understanding in Morocco during the 1970s ? This was an intriguing and intimate glimpse at one man's personal relationship with Islam. Frank Romano, an accomplished attorney and scholar, shares with the reader his almost naive embracement of life and religion in stark contrast with the sands of Muslim beliefs.
In the current world of distrust in which we now live, the author seeks to enlighten the reader to basic concepts of the requisites of Islam as seen through his own impressionable eyes. It neither negates nor substantiates the fundamentals of the religion, but seeks to inform and educate the reader.
The encounters challenging Frank throughout his time in Morocco imparts to the reader to stay up late at night just to finish the next chapter. It is without a doubt, worth the read for the adventure and the message Frank Romano is sending to us. He sought solace in the Islam religion, did not find it there, but in turn, successfully communicated his diverse spirituality into the establishment of global interfaith conferences.
Read Storm Over Morocco, you will finish the book knowing that Frank Romano is truly an amazing man.
Another world view of religion's impact Aug 2, 2007
Frank Romano, Parisian lawyer and prominent organizer of interfaith events, has penned his personal experience of traveling as a young student to Morocco in search of a cosmic reality that seems to be the source of order and meaning in human existence.
Romano's Storm Over Morocco, is the author's true account of how he could no longer enjoy the ostentatious life of Paris because it had become routine and unexciting. He was inspired by the faith of a Muslim Moroccan, and traveled to Morocco with him, where got himself into a web of fundamentalist Muslims. How he got out of the situation makes _Storm Over Morocco a page-turner.
While Romano's story may sound like being set against Muslims, he makes it clear in the prologue that he is narrating his experience without any hostility towards any group. The book offers a moving description of the mysteriously dark and shabby streets of Morocco, the hospitality of its people, the cohesion, and the air of silence teeming with conflict between fundamentalists and the more liberal Muslims of the country.
The impact upon the author's own way of thinking about his encounter with fanatics is surprisingly uncommon. As the story's end shows, Romano is inspired to pursue his quest for the ultimate spiritual realty instead of harboring negativity against the narrow-minded followers of religion. His aim of arranging for interfaith dialogue between people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds transcends all biases.
The message of Romano's book is very clear: seeking peace through understanding and integration.
Armchair Interviews says: Worth a read to expand your worldview.