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An American literary cult figure, Paul Bowles established his legacy with the novel The Sheltering Sky. An immediate sensation, it became a fixture in American letters. Bowles then returned his energies to the short story — the genre he preferred and soon mastered.

Bowles's short fiction is orchestral in composition and exacting in theme, marked by a unique, delicately spare style and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry. In "Pastor Dowe at Tacaté," a Protestant missionary is sent to the far reaches of the globe — a place, he discovers, where his God has no power. In "Call at Corazón," an American husband abandons his alcoholic wife on their honeymoon in a South American jungle. In "Allal," a boy's drug-induced metamorphosis into a deadly serpent leads to his violent death, but not before he feels the "joy" of sinking his fangs into human prey. Also gathered here are Bowles's most famous works, such as "The Delicate Prey," a grimly satisfying tale of vengeance, and "A Distant Episode," which Tennessee Williams proclaimed "a masterpiece of short fiction."

"Beauty and terror go wonderfully well together in [Bowles's] work," Madison Smartt Bell once said. Though sometimes shocking, Bowles's stories have a symmetry that is haunting and ultimately moral. Like Poe (whose stories Bowles's mother read to him at bedtime), Bowles had an instinctive adeptness with the nightmare vision. Joyce Carol Oates, in her introduction to Too Far from Home, writes that his characters are "at the mercy of buried wishes experienced as external fate." In these masterful stories, our deepest fears are manifest, tables are turned, and allegiances are tested. Fate is an inexorable element of Bowles's distant landscapes, and its psychological effects on his characters are rendered with penetrating accuracy. Like Hemingway, Bowles is famously unsentimental, a skilled craftsman of crystalline prose.

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An American literary cult figure, Paul Bowles established his legacy with the novel The Sheltering Sky. An immediate sensation, it became a fixture in American letters. Bowles then returned his energies to the short story — the genre he preferred and soon mastered.Bowles's short fiction is orchestral in composition and exacting in theme, marked by a unique, delicately spare style and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry. In Pastor Dowe at Tacaté , a Protestant missionary is sent to the far reaches of the globe — a place, he discovers, where his God has no power. In Call at Corazó n, an American husband abandons his alcoholic wife on their honeymoon in a South American jungle. In Allal, a boy's drug-induced metamorphosis into a deadly serpent leads to his violent death, but not before he feels the joy of sinking his fangs into human prey. Also gathered here are Bowles's most famous works, such as The Delicate Prey, a grimly satisfying tale of vengeance, and A Distant Episode, which Tennessee Williams proclaimed a masterpiece of short fiction.Beauty and terror go wonderfully well together in Bowles's work, Madison Smartt Bell once said. Though sometimes shocking, Bowles's stories have a symmetry that is haunting and ultimately moral. Like Poe (whose stories Bowles's mother read to him at bedtime), Bowles had an instinctive adeptness with the nightmare vision. Joyce Carol Oates, in her introduction to Too Far from Home, writes that his characters are at the mercy of buried wishes experienced as external fate. In these masterful stories, our deepest fears are manifest, tables are turned, and allegiances are tested. Fate is aninexorable element of Bowles's distant landscapes, and its psychological effects on his characters are rendered with penetrating accuracy. Like Hemingway, Bowles is famously unsentimental, a skilled craftsman of crystalline prose.

About the Author

Paul Bowles was born in 1910 and studied music with composer Aaron Copland before moving toTangier, Morocco, with his wife, Jane. He remained in Morocco, and- it served as the inspiration for The Sheltering Sky, which waspublished in 1949. It was followed by TheDelicate Prey, Let It Come Down, The Spider'sHouse and Without Stopping, a memoir thatdescribes his legendary associations with members of the Beat Generation. Bowles's prolific career included many musical compositions, collections of short fiction, and books of traveland poetry and translations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780066212739
Author:
Bowles, Paul
Publisher:
Ecco
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Morocco
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
no. 01-1232-1
Publication Date:
20011002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.58x6.51x1.95 in. 2.37 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , An American literary cult figure, Paul Bowles established his legacy with the novel The Sheltering Sky. An immediate sensation, it became a fixture in American letters. Bowles then returned his energies to the short story — the genre he preferred and soon mastered.Bowles's short fiction is orchestral in composition and exacting in theme, marked by a unique, delicately spare style and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry. In Pastor Dowe at Tacaté , a Protestant missionary is sent to the far reaches of the globe — a place, he discovers, where his God has no power. In Call at Corazó n, an American husband abandons his alcoholic wife on their honeymoon in a South American jungle. In Allal, a boy's drug-induced metamorphosis into a deadly serpent leads to his violent death, but not before he feels the joy of sinking his fangs into human prey. Also gathered here are Bowles's most famous works, such as The Delicate Prey, a grimly satisfying tale of vengeance, and A Distant Episode, which Tennessee Williams proclaimed a masterpiece of short fiction.Beauty and terror go wonderfully well together in Bowles's work, Madison Smartt Bell once said. Though sometimes shocking, Bowles's stories have a symmetry that is haunting and ultimately moral. Like Poe (whose stories Bowles's mother read to him at bedtime), Bowles had an instinctive adeptness with the nightmare vision. Joyce Carol Oates, in her introduction to Too Far from Home, writes that his characters are at the mercy of buried wishes experienced as external fate. In these masterful stories, our deepest fears are manifest, tables are turned, and allegiances are tested. Fate is aninexorable element of Bowles's distant landscapes, and its psychological effects on his characters are rendered with penetrating accuracy. Like Hemingway, Bowles is famously unsentimental, a skilled craftsman of crystalline prose.
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