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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For four months he lived in Berlin, where one of his friends was Christopher Isherwood, who was gathering material for what would later become his book ''Goodbye to Berlin.'' Isherwood named his leading character Sally Bowles after Paul Bowles.Nov 19 1999 | Read Full Review of Sheltering Sky (Read Red)
the call of the orgy, the end of civilization.” This fall will mark a double anniversary of sorts for Bowles, not just the 60th anniversary of “The Sheltering Sky” but the 10th anniversary of his death, at 88, in 1999.Aug 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Sheltering Sky (Read Red)
Dialogue scenes are marked by these snippets of interior reflection where Kit, say, will think what she wants to say to Port, but will then say something else, a banal mask for what she really thinks.May 29 2008 | Read Full Review of Sheltering Sky (Read Red)
The one story that always seems to stick in my mind and encapsulate the fiction of Paul Bowles is "A Distant Episode," the last story in his first collection, The Delicate Prey and Other Stories.Nov 09 2010 | Read Full Review of Sheltering Sky (Read Red)
His first novel, “The Sheltering Sky” (Ecco – Harper Collins) was a bestseller in the 1950s, and was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci in 1990, published records show.Jan 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Sheltering Sky (Read Red)
If there is one emotional state that almost always resists coming to life on film, it is alienation the modern malaise.Dec 14 1990 | Read Full Review of Sheltering Sky (Read Red)
Port (John Malkovich) and Kit Moresby (Debra Winger) and George Tunner (Campbell Scott) arrive in Tangier in 1947 after leaving behind the urban delights of post-World War II New York.| Read Full Review of Sheltering Sky (Read Red)
Though Bertolucci has cast the eighty-year-old Bowles in a small role – he sits in a cafe in Tangier and supplies occasional narration – the director hasn't found a way to reimagine the author's thoughts in film terms.Dec 12 1990 | Read Full Review of Sheltering Sky (Read Red)
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