Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rediscover a Classic: THE SHELTERING SKY

I'm always surprised by how many people haven't read Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky. After all, it's on Time magazine's All-Time 100 Novels list--along with Beloved and A Passage to India.

When The Sheltering Sky was first published in 1949, it established Paul Bowles as one of the most singular and promising writers of the postwar generation. Its startlingly original vision has withstood the test of time and confirmed Tennessee Williams's early estimation: "The Sheltering Sky alone of the books that I have . . . read by American authors appears to bear the spiritual imprint of recent history in the western world." In this classic work of psychological terror, Bowles examines the ways in which Americans apprehend an alien culture and the ways in which their incomprehension destroys them.

You can read the first chapter here.

And, here's a clip from Bernardo Bertolucci's film to further whet your appetite.

1 comment:

  1. The trailer is awful. It doesn't make me want to see the movie or read the book. Let the book speak for itself.