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Paul Bowles

Paul Bowles

·3.95·33,463 Ratings
“ Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance. ” ― Roy T. Bennett
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  • Up Above the World

    ·3.63·696 Ratings
    On the terrace of an elaborate hilltop apartment overlooking a Central American capital, four people sit making polite conversation. The American couple—an elderly physician and his young wife—are tourists. Their host, whom they have just met, is a yo
  • A Distant Episode: The Selected Stories

    ·4.3·297 Ratings
    A Distant Episode contains the best of Paul Bowles's short stories, as selected by the author. An American cult figure, Bowles has fascinated such disparate talents as Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Truman Capote, William S. Burroughs, Gore Vidal, and Jay
  • The Oblivion Seekers

    ·4.02·275 Ratings
    Stories and journal notes by an extraordinary young woman--adventurer and traveler, Arabic scholar, Sufi mystic and adept of the Djillala cult."Not long before her death Isabelle Eberhardt wrote: "No one ever lived more from day to day or was more depende
  • The Stories of Paul Bowles

    ·4.3·838 Ratings
    The short fiction of American literary cult figure Paul Bowles is marked by a unique, delicately spare style, and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry—possessing a symmetry between beauty and terror that is haunting and ultimate
  • The Sheltering Sky / Let It Come Down / The Spider's House

    ·4.2·251 Ratings
    Paul Bowles had already established himself as an important American composer when, at the age of 38, he published The Sheltering Sky and became widely recognized as one of the most powerful writers of the postwar period. By the time of his death in 1999
  • The Spider's House

    ·4.04·1,008 Ratings
    Set in Fez, Morocco, during that country's 1954 nationalist uprising, The Spider's House is perhaps Paul Bowles's most beautifully subtle novel, richly descriptive of its setting and uncompromising in its characterizations. Exploring once again the dilemm
  • A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard

    ·4·296 Ratings
    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 po
  • Their Heads are Green and Their Hands are Blue: Scenes from the Non-Christian World

    ·4.08·440 Ratings
    Their Heads are Green and their Hands are Blue is an engaging collection of eight travel essays. Except for one essay on Central America, all of these pieces are concerned with locations in the Hindu, Buddhist, or Islamic worlds. A superb and observant tr
  • Collected Stories and Later Writings

    ·4.43·122 Ratings
    Paul Bowles had already established himself as an important composer when at age 39 he published The Sheltering Sky and became recognized as one of the most powerful writers of the postwar period. From his base in Tangier he produced globally ranging nove
  • Let it Come Down

    ·3.93·1,277 Ratings
    In Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of t
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