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The Sheltering Sky ()

Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

Three profoundly annoying American expatriates wander around Saharan Africa as, to our great delight, increasingly horrible things happen to them.  Exhibit A in the case in favor of my Time Zone Rule, which posits that you should never leave the Eastern Time Zone of the United States.

This is a big time cult novel. Folks babble incoherently about how the desert & a "culture other than their own" force the characters to confront their inner selves. Yeah right.


Grade: (D)


Paul Bowles Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Paul Bowles
    -PROFILE: Paul Bowles in Tangier (Frederic Tuten, November 21, 2023, Paris Review)
-ESSAY: A Documentation by Florian Vetsch: The Garden by Paul Bowles (Jan Herman, 2/09/22, Arts Journal)

Book-related and General Links:
    -Paul Bowles
    -FEATURED AUTHOR: NY Times Book Review
    -ESSAY : Desert of Memory : Brian Edwards looks at the legacy left in both  Morocco and America by the expatriate's  expatriate, Paul Bowles, nearly a year after the writer's death -- a legacy of controversy, and of sustained artistic achievement. (FFED)
    -INTERVIEW : with Paul Bowles  biographer Cherie Nutting (Jerry Jazz)
    -REVIEW : of The Sheltering Sky (TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, December 4, 1949, NY times)
    -REVIEW: of  YOU ARE NOT I: A PORTRAIT OF PAUL BOWLES by Millicent Dillon (LISA COHEN, Lingua Franca)