The Sheltering Sky (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Dec 6, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
9 Reviews

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 World War II, The Sheltering Sky explores the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.


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Review: The Sheltering Sky, Let it Come Down, The Spider's House

User Review  - Kelley Turk - Goodreads

I only read "The Sheltering Sky." I know this is a classic, but I found it to be kind of a slog. Read full review

Review: The Sheltering Sky, Let it Come Down, The Spider's House

User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

I'm trudging through this one for some reason. Maybe a third of the way through The Sheltering Sky and I just can't get enthralled with it again. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Paul Bowles was born in 1910 and studied music with 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, and Up Above the World. In addition to being one of the most powerful postwar American novelists, Bowles was an acclaimed composer, a travel writer, a poet, a translator, and a short-story writer. He died in Morocco in 1999.

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