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American novelist and short-story writer, poet, translator, classical music composer, and filmscorer Paul Bowles has lived as an expatriate for more than 40 years in the North African nation of Morocco, a country that reaches into the vast and inhospitable Sahara Desert. The desert is itself a character in The Sheltering Sky, the most famous of Bowles' books, which is about three young Americans of the postwar generation who go on a walkabout into Northern Africa's own arid heart of darkness. In the process, the veneer of their lives is peeled back under the author's psychological inquiry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"[The Sheltering Sky] is one of the most original, even visionary, works of fiction to appear in this century." -- --Tobias Wolff
"It stands head and shoulders above most other novels published in English since World War II." -- --The New Republic --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I came across Paul Bowles after reading a book by his wife, Jane, which I read because Tennessee Williams called her his favorite playwright. Read morePublished 7 days ago by SIOUX TURNOYWARFIELD
It's the best of Paul Bowles & I liked it because of the writing. He writes like he is giving us there thoughts & he's so accurate in many ways on how the mind thinks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Purple Bee
A little pretentious. And seemed to go on forever. There were multiple places that an ending could have been, but it just kept going.Published 1 month ago by NBP
I for some reason could not get into the story. I guess it just wasn't my favorite thing to read.Published 2 months ago by Mary F
This 1949 novel is considered by the literati as classic literature that reflects "post-colonial alienation and existential despair." (Quote is from Wikipedia. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clif