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The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles - review[I read this back in May, but was too busy to post then, so here’s a mini-review.]

I came to this one with a really bad attitude. I was convinced I wasn’t going to like it. The people who recommeded it to me or said they liked it were usually trendy, pretentious types who only read cool (i.e.: trendy & pretentious) books. Yeesh. No thanks!

Well, you can’t always judge a book by the people who like it.

I wasn’t very far into it before I realized it was just plain magnificent. A real masterpeice of beautifully chosen, perfectly described detail that bit by bit comes together to create not only an atmosphere of place, but an immersion into the worldview of the characters.

I was going to say more and give a few quotations, but I don’t want to ruin the pleasure of discovery. Dash out and find a copy now!

(P.S. Here’s the official Paul Bowles website.)

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