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The Sheltering Sky Paperback – September 20, 2005
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"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.
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Port and Kit Moresby, in the tenth year of marriage, have become both sexually and emotionally estranged, and Port hopes their sojourn into the desert will bring them closer together and restore the love they once shared. Kit, not so keen on either the desert or Port, has nevertheless agreed to Port's wishes, albeit reluctantly. The third person in their party, their friend, George Tunner, accompanies them more on a whim than anything else.
Seeking the exotic, the trio really doesn't know what to do with it when they find it. The sun is too bright, the labyrinth of city streets too dark, the excess of sensual delights a surfeit that imprisons rather than frees.
Becoming more and more dissatisfied with both themselves and with those around them, they decide to leave the restrictiveness of the city behind and venture farther south, into the wild, harsh, dazzling beauty of the Sahara. They meet the Lyles, ostensibly mother and son, who claim to be writing a travel book but whose real business appears to be far more sinister, much like the duo's own obsessive Freudian tangles.
Port, who at first, found himself drawn inexorably to the beauty and remoteness of the Sahara, soon becomes violently ill and dies, and Kit, grateful to be rescued by a passing, enigmatic Arab, finds that things are not always as they seem. Her rescuer becomes her imprisoner, and as the sun grows ever brighter, the shadows grow deeper. The bizarre eventually becomes so real that Kit gradually and terrifyingly loses what fragile grip on reality she once possessed.Read more ›
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One of my favorite novels. As streamlined, full of surprises and action as any thrilled, but with a deft, incisive voice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Conan
In pre-WWII a relatively affluent American couple travels in remote areas of Morocco. The descriptions of people, places and emotions felt flat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by susan
I read The Sheltering Sky because the movie is one of my all time favorites. Turned out the movie followed the book very closely except for a bit near the end. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pat Holl
“How fragile we are under the sheltering sky. Behind the sheltering sky is a vast dark universe, and we're just so small. Read morePublished 4 months ago by W Perry Hall
The Sheltering Sky is the story of a pretentious and self-absorbed American couple, Port and Kit (Katherine) Moresby, who set out with a mutual friend, Tunner, on an existential... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ranger
The introduction says that an editor initially rejected this book because it's "not a novel", which, in terms of story structure, is true. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NB
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 5 months ago by SIOUX TURNOYWARFIELD