August 31, 2009

in the spotlight: paul bowles and the sheltering sky

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This fall marks two anniversaries: the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Sheltering Sky, and the 10th anniversary of the death of its author, Paul Bowles. In today’s New York Times, Dwight Garner writes on the occasion of these two anniversaries:

“Rereading The Sheltering Sky today is to be reminded of its dark, largely sublimated power; from its first pages the novel is like a pile of kindling to which a match is about to be applied. Bowles’s sun-baked prose, while never showy, is consistently and ruthlessly evocative. North African vegetation is described as “a tortured scrub of hard shells and stiff hairy spines that covered the earth like an excrescence of hatred.”

Check it out.