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PAUL BOWLES was one of the great twentieth-century American writers, author of the defining post-war novel, The Sheltering Sky. His novels are established classi but here is something new – his collected travel writing, spanning nearly fifty years. TRAVELS includes more than forty articles, ranging from Paris to Ceylon, Thailand, Kenya and Morocco – where Bowles lived from 1947. They are accompanied by original photos from the Paul Bowles archive, an introduction by Paul Theroux, and a chronology by Daniel Halpern.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4502 KB
  • Print Length: 666 pages
  • Publisher: Sort Of (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Superb collection

 on 7 January 2014
By Paul Bodenham
This is a truly superb collection of journal entries and magazine articles written by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. As to be expected of someone who loved the country his writing on Morocco is some of the best you will ever read on the place. It might even seem better if Amazon could stop it’s disgraceful tax avoiding policies and also started treating it’s staff less like indentured peasants and paid them a decent wage.

Interesting Collection of the essays of Paul Bowles

 on 18 September 2015
By Jay
Collection of travel essays that were originally published in 1950s/60’s magazines. A nice collection.Now waiting for Part 2 (hopefully.)

Guardian review

 on 19 June 2010
By M. Ellingham
As well as a composer and novelist, Paul Bowles was a fine and prolific travel writer. Of the 40 pieces in this excellent collection, mostly written for American magazines, the majority have never been reprinted. His career as a “footloose American” began with an impulsive and penniless flight to Paris aged just 17: “I went for months without a bath .. was gnawed by bedbugs every night … and loved it all, because I was in Paris”. But you will not find detailed descriptions of famous monuments or cathedrals in these essays. As he says in “Windows on the Past” (1955), “the culture of a land … is the people who live in it and the lives they lead, not the possessions they have inherited.” His descriptions of the people and the places they live in are pared down to the bare essentials of language. Of all the cities and landscapes he experiences from Thailand to Fez, the Sahara made the greatest impression. It was a “vast, luminous, silent country”, “a mineral landscape lighted by stars like flares.” (Guardian review by PD Smith).

Journeys with Paul Bowles

 on 23 October 2014
By Robin Friedman
After reading Paul Bowles’ famous novel, “The Sheltering Sky”, I read the two novels included with “The Sheltering Sky” in the Library of America compilation [ASIN:1931082197 Paul Bowles: The Sheltering Sky/ Let It Come Down/ The Spider’s House (Library of America)]] and then turned to this volume, “Travels: Collected Writings” (2010) which offers a broader view of Bowles from that offered by the novels. Bowles (1910 — 1999), an American born in Queens, was an outsider and a wanderer through his long life. As a young man, he spent time in Europe and north Africa, among other places. In the middle of a career as a composer in New York City, Bowles moved to Tangier in 1947and spent the rest of his life as an expatriate. He also changed his career activities to concentrate on writing more than on musical composition.

literate travel pieces 1950-1993

 on 4 January 2011
By jibli
In this book you will find 39 travel pieces by the writer Paul Bowles published between 1950 and 1993. Forteen appeared in the magazine “Holiday” and five in “The Nation”. Eight were collected previously in “Their Heads Are Green And Their Hands Are Blue”(1963) and another eleven in Spanish in “Dias y Viajes” (Seix Barral 1993). Six come from essays written in other’s books. More than half of these pieces are about North Africa, where he lived and four about Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where he bought a small island. Pre-war France, Spain and India have two essays each.
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