Sheltering Sky by Paul BowlesSheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

Sheltering Sky

byPaul Bowles

Paperback | September 9, 2014

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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.

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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Title:Sheltering SkyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.98 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062351486

ISBN - 13:9780062351487

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Themes of fear and regret, feels lost, longing so something "Because we don't know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.” The book is about a young, bored couple, Kit and Port. Port claims to be a writer, but it's clear they are two lost and disillusioned souls, who embark on a long trip through North Africa. It's beautifully written in that the descriptions are extremely vivid, while keeping the reason for the trip, and their somewhat unusual choice of destination wonderfully ambiguous. As an aside, the movie is an abomination. Nothing against Debra Winger or John Malkovich personally, but they portray the characters are insufferable, and an entire chapter, which is key scene is completely omitted from the movie, which frankly, makes is nonsensical.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pettiness and cultural misunderstanding This is a book I may not have chosen to read had I known more about it, but since it is a classic I am glad I did anyway. The main female character was totally selfish and irrational, in my opinion, and therefore all that happened to her was because of her seeming sense of superiority. Her lack of understanding of the ways of the people in whose country she was visiting was severely lacking, which led her into very dangerous situations. It's a fascinating read.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright not as good as i thought it would be
Date published: 2017-01-12