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The Sheltering Sky Paperback – September 20, 2005
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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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In the mood for transport to an alien world, dangerous, exotic, hypnotic? Seeking an unforgettable novel in which the desert environment is as pitiless as post-war North African... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Charles T. Bauer
Cannot understand why it was at one time on best seller list. I thought poor story. Did not understand the whole story. Very disappointing.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Yes I made up my mind that I liked it. Anyway I read through it in no time and in a perfect scenario, a beach in a Greek island. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kumba Diallo
Clearly I'm not on the same page as the majority of reviewers who rave about this book. I found it to be pretentious, boring, unbelievable and ultimately pointless. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Smith
I just bought this book and began reading the Kindle version - the preface contains a shocking spoiler. I canceled my order of the book. Shame! Read morePublished 1 month ago by chris-e
Purchased this incredible novel as a Christmas gift for a young friend. Bowles was a master of the written word and certainly at his peak with this strange and haunting tale. Read morePublished 1 month ago by calvin t white
This book reminded me of something Hemingway would write. Parts were slow and I wanted more to happen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cruise Boy
The main characters were not developed but the description of North Africa was splendid.Published 2 months ago by Mary Jo Dalton