Sheltering Sky

Paperback | September 9, 2014

byPaul Bowles

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A beautiful 65th anniversary paperback edition of the landmark literary work by acclaimed author Paul Bowles.

In this classic work of psychological terror, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans apprehend an alien culture—and the ways in which their incomprehension destroys them. The story of three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky is at once merciless and heartbreaking in its compassion. It etches the limits of human reason and intelligence—perhaps even the limits of human life—when they touch the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.

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A beautiful 65th anniversary paperback edition of the landmark literary work by acclaimed author Paul Bowles.In this classic work of psychological terror, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans apprehend an alien culture—and the ways in which their incomprehension destroys them. The story of three American travelers adrift in...

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The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of twentieth-century literature. In this intensely fascinating story, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans' incomprehension of alien cultures leads to the ultimate destruction of those cultures. A story about three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after Wor...

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, andUp Above the World. In addition to being on...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062351486

ISBN - 13:9780062351487

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast-paced and excellently written. 1949. Three American travellers in Algeria deal with their fear and attitudes towards the locals (and to the French), as the drama unfolds. Perfect descriptions of North Africa. Full of fear, paranoia, and terror. Fast-paced and excellently written. It's hard to put down. I read it in pretty much one sitting.
Date published: 2014-11-11