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The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky
Author: Paul Bowles
ISBN 13: 9780060834821
ISBN 10: 6083482
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: 2005-09-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $14.99

A beautiful, yet disturbing, tale of two people traveling into the Sahara. Although the couple apear to be smart, independent travelers, they are not equipped to travel into the desert.Thus, each time hardship strikes, pieces of their comfortable lives and the identities they had constructed seem to peel away. The shifting sands and unforgiving sun are metaphors for the shocking and vulgar circumstances that befall them.

Brilliantly paced, the novel takes the characters through cycles much like those of an addict—from being dazed to being frenzied to being frozen. Despite the fact that some find The Sheltering Sky reminiscent of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the characters in this book ultimately have options.

New Republic

Stands head and shoulders above most other novels published in English since World War II.