A Life Full of Holes (1964) a novel dictated to Paul Bowles by Driss Ben Hamed Charhadi is an unusual book. There is a foreward by Vijay Seshadri and an introduction by Bowles. It is the first novel ever written in the Arabic dialect Moghrebi, recorded and translated into English by Bowles. Thus, the way the story is told reflect the culture of Morocco and the religious influence of Islam on everyday life,not to mention life and death in 1960s Morocco. It is the remarkable story of an uneducated Arab youth's struggle to survive after a number of hardships from being forced to work at a young age, being driven from his household since he is the child from a previous marriage he incurs the wrath of his step father whenever he is compeled to return to his mother's home after hardship of losing a job or on one of his many returns from jail. He suffers betrayal, abuse from police, and yet seems to remain positive and hopeful for the future.