The Stories of Paul Bowles

The Stories of Paul Bowles

Paperback - 2006
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The short fiction of American literary cult figure Paul Bowles is marked by a unique, delicately spare style, and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry--possessing a symmetry between beauty and terror that is haunting and ultimately moral. In "Pastor Dowe at Tecaté," a Protestant missionary is sent to a faraway place 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. Here also are some of Bowles's most famous works, including "The Delicate Prey," a grimly satisfying tale of vengeance, and "A Distant Episode," which Tennessee Williams proclaimed "a masterpiece."

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006, c2001.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
ISBN: 9780061137044
Characteristics: xiv, 657 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Paul Bowles


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Nov 03, 2014

Ah, the joy of reading... This is one of those books that I looked forward to going back to, to escaping into. It includes a little bit of everything, told in a variety of voices: stories that take place in far-away lands; one-sided conversations; journal entries; fables... Through it all, Bowles' writing is masterful. I was sad to come to the end.

Apr 14, 2013

These stories are beautiful, macabre and unique. They are worth several readings along with his other great work.


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