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Paul Bowles was born in 1910 and studied music with composer Aaron Copland before moving to Tangier, Morocco. A devastatingly imaginative observer of the West's encounter with the East, he is the author of four highly acclaimed novels: The Sheltering Sky, Let It Come Down, The Spider's House, and Up Above the World. In addition to being one of the most powerful postwar American novelists, Bowles was an acclaimed composer, a travel writer, a poet, a translator, and a short story writer. He died in Morocco in 1999.
This book made me feel as if I should visit Fez eventhough Bowles was not really describing the place. Read morePublished 29 days ago by zinnia
If you’ve ever been an expat in a non-Western culture, the conversations between and the inner musings of the Western characters in The Spider’s House will ring 100% true. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Al
Insightful, interesting, gripping, fulfilling...
It is not for no reason that so far all the reviews of this book have been good. Read more
A good book to read at the time of terrorist attacks in Tunisia and Yemen. I ordered it after a recent trip to Morocco and found it incredibly relevant to the current situation in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Queen Margo
There are very few books I do not finish: a sense of duty to the author, perhaps, or a Calvinistic upbringing. But this was one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ReadingEnthusiast
Beatifully written. Bowles is a master when it comes to describing the cultural clash that comes from the Western world trying to fit in the Arab world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marco Sibaja
Paul Bowles (1910 -- 1999) was an American composer and writer who lived as an expatriate in Tangier beginning in 1947. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robin Friedman
Well written and despite more that 50 years after its writing, it is relevant to happenings in today's world.Published 14 months ago by Pam W.