Book Reviews of The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky
The Sheltering Sky
Author: Paul Bowles
ISBN-13: 9780880015820
ISBN-10: 0880015829
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 318
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: The Ecco Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Of all the Time Magazine 100 All Time list books that I've read this year, I found this one the most interesting and least annoying. Katherine (Kit) and Porter Moresby originally from New York travel to Africa with friend Tunner, in an attempt to resolve their marital difficulties. As they move further and further towards the Sahara, they seem to forget about the dangers implicit in their trip. When Porter is struck down by typhoid two thirds of the way through, Kit is slowly driven crazy and the last section of the book deals with her descent into madness and debauchery.

This was a pretty fascinating story, although the main characters were somewhat one-dimensional and hard to work up a large amount of empathy for the supporting characters were realistic and amusing. Especially the mother/son team that plague the Moresby's by showing up everywhere.
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Way existential. I think. I didn't really get it.
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A husband and wife are traveling with his friend. They are described as travelers, not tourists; none seem to have had any occupation. Today, they are in North Africa, most likely Algeria, although the author seems vague at times. Why are they in post WW II Algeria you say? Well, they seem to have traveled everywhere else. The desert is calling them. These three seem to be ambivalent about the natives, but they constantly run into a parochial-minded mother and son team who are definitely the most prejudiced, biased, bigoted, insensitive, intolerant, racists on the earth. They hate everyone; even each other. Eventually our mom and pop wander so far into the arid wasteland of the Sahara that we dont know where they end up; it could be anywhere between Mauritania and Sudan. In the end they all lose; only the desert wins. There are many voids in the manuscript. These are generally where a lengthy or complicated narrative would be needed to fill in the story. You will have to fill in yourself.
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An adventure story from a different era. Great discriptions. I never knew what was going to happen next.
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I really enjoyed this book. It surprised me several times and was enjoyable throughout. Highly recommend this book.
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Extraordinary novel. Different, brilliant, haunting. Place in the 1930, in Northern Africa. A must read for the intelligent book lover.
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Hypnotic, creepy, and yet oddly seductive!