A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard

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City Lights Publishers, 1986 - Fiction - 90 pages
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These are four tales of contemporary life in a land where cannabis, rather than alcohol, customarily provides a way out of the phenomenological world. Thus, of the men in these stories, Salam uses suggestions supplied by smoking kif to rid himself of a possible enemy. He of the Assembly catches himself up in the mesh of his own kif-dream and begins to act it out in reality; Idir's victory over Lahcen is the classical story of the kif-smoker's ability to outwit the drinker. Driss the soldier, with aid of kif, proves the existence of magic to his enlightened superior officer. For all of them the kif-pipe is the means to attaining a state of communication not only with others but above all with themselves.

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User Review  - Tim Weakley - Goodreads

My introduction to Bowles. I want more. Great ability to paint with words. Read full review

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User Review  - Kenneth - Goodreads

Outstanding for the sleek light prose, reminiscent of Hemmingway in strength. Dealing with consciousness under the influence of Hashish, the stories blur reality and fantasy in the most convincing way I've ever read. Read full review

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Paul Bowles has taped and translated numerous strange legends and lively stories.

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