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The Sheltering Sky
By: Paul Bowles
Pages: 352
Published: 1949
Genre(s): Africa
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The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of twentieth-century literature. In this intensely fascinating story, Paul Bowles examines the ways in which Americans' incomprehension of alien cultures leads to the ultimate destruction of those cultures. A story about three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, The Sheltering Sky explores the limits of...

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Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

This is a book I may not have chosen to read had I known more about it, but since it is a classic I am glad I did anyway. The main female character was totally selfish and irrational, in my opinion, and therefore all that happened to her was because of her seeming sense of superiority. Her lack of understanding of the ways of the people in whose country she was visiting was severely lacking, which led her into very dangerous situations. It's a fascinating read.

Jan 21st, 2019

bdubransky bdubransky

Sep 15th, 2018

forline forline

I didn't expect to like this but it grabbed me!

Dec 31st, 2017

laros76 laros76

Jun 18th, 2015

The Sheltering Sky appears on these lists...

83rd on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review

97th on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library