The Sheltering Sky
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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 20th 2005
Publisher: Ecco Press
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
L'avevo in libreria da un po' e mi ha sempre messo un po' pensiero iniziarlo, non sapendo cosa aspettarmi. Ad essere sinceri non sono ancora sicura del giudizio dato. Non si legge facilmente, non ci si rilassa ma, in alcune pagine (poche in realtà) si resta quasi rapiti dal paesaggio, e dalla vita...
"He did not think of himself as a tourist; he was a traveler. The difference is partly one of time, he would explain. Whereas a tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years,...
When I was reading Paul Bowles' exquisite The Sheltering Sky, I jotted down a phrase here in my notes to include in my review: the ambiguities of human behavior. When we create art, we (meaning we members of the human species) are almost always guilty of placing the art in a digestible context. Perh...
I don't think I can honestly say that I like this book. It's one of those books where you wonder why you keep on reading, especially at the beginning where Port & Kit was playing so off-handedly with their relationship. They're supposed to be thinking so much about their true self and being reckless...
What exactly is the author trying to say with this book? Is he selling us existentialism through this novel? Perhaps. What is he saying about the central couple’s relationship, both with each and with their friends? This too is unclear. The two main protagonists are trying to reach out to each other...