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Collected Stories, 1939-1976

Collected Stories The publication by Black Sparrow in of Paul Bowles Collected Stories sparked the rediscovery of Bowles works that has brought world renown to the American expatriate writer for decades resident

  • Title: Collected Stories, 1939-1976
  • Author: Paul Bowles Gore Vidal
  • ISBN: 9780876853962
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • The publication by Black Sparrow in 1979 of Paul Bowles Collected Stories sparked the rediscovery of Bowles works that has brought world renown to the American expatriate writer, for decades resident in Tangier, Morocco Gore Vidal s Introduction to this large collection remarks His stories are among the best ever written by an American.

    Collected Stories, by Paul Bowles Collected Stories, book Read reviews from the world s largest community for readers The publication by Black Sparrow in of Paul Bowle Collected Stories, Bowles, Paul, Vidal, Gore Jun , Other stories seem to bear the marks of solid planning, such as Call at Corazn a portrait of a rather unsuccessful marriage unfolding on a South American river , Under the Sky you are saving your friend s life , How Many Midnights a surprisingly standard story about a young couple , the nearly epic The Hours After Noon where impressions and reality Collected Stories, by Paul Bowles, Gore Vidal Buy Collected Stories, by Paul Bowles, Gore Vidal Introduction by online at Alibris We have new and used copies available, in editions starting at . Shop now. Collected Stories, Analysis eNotes Unlock This Study Guide Now Start your hour free trial to unlock this Collected Stories, study guide and get instant access to the Collected stories, Book, WorldCat Collected stories, Paul Bowles Tea on the mountain The scorpion By the water A distant episode The echo Call at Corazon Under the sky Pages from Cold Point etc Home WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help Search Search for

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    1. Paul Bowles Gore Vidal says:
      Paul Bowles grew up in New York, and attended college at the University of Virginia before traveling to Paris, where became a part of Gertrude Stein s literary and artistic circle Following her advice, he took his first trip to Tangiers in 1931 with his friend, composer Aaron Copeland.In 1938 he married author and playwright Jane Auer see Jane Bowles He moved to Tangiers permanently in 1947, with Auer following him there in 1948 There they became fixtures of the American and European expatriate scene, their visitors including Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal Bowles continued to live in Tangiers after the death of his wife in 1973.Bowles died of heart failure in Tangier on November 18, 1999 His ashes were interred near the graves of his parents and grandparents in Lakemont, New York.

    Comment 109 on “Collected Stories, 1939-1976

    1. Amari says:
      stunning some of these stories really approach perfection i read many of them about 10 years ago, but i reread every last one this summer and found no fault with any of them bowles tendency toward a concomitant sensitivity and roughness is irresistible, and i am very attracted by his ability to write about cultures that are not his own without setting up the us them dichotomy which is the downfall of so much travel writing fictional and non in fact, bowles often does use an us them dichotomy, bu [...]

    2. Muna says:
      Hideous and horrifying If you aren t yet scared of Arabs, this ll do the trick In truth, if you haven t yet learned to be afraid of all people and simultaneously in awe of their beauty, Paul Bowles can show you the way.The following is lifted from The Sheltering Sky and were some of the first words I heard that made me reckon with mortality Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don t know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life It s that terrible precision [...]

    3. Chris says:
      This is the first collection of Paul Bowles stories, published in 1979 Since then, he wrote stories, and other collections have been issued, but this book launched Bowles to worldwide recognition.It includes all the unforgettable seventeen stories from The Delicate Prey and Other Stories 1950 I have read that set several times and they always are fresh and shocking, in a good way How did the best of these stories, Pages from Cold Point, get past the censors in 1950 Read that one for the eerie, [...]

    4. Will says:
      Beautiful, just beautiful And scary The best in here, to me, are A Distant Episode, The Fourth Day Out from Santa Cruz, and Pastor Dowe at Tacate Three of my all time favorite short stories, and they re all in this one, beautifully bound book Amazing I love the sense of alienation that Bowles s characters evince These stories all feel cold and frightening, yet beautiful Many of them proceed through a sort of dreamy reality that makes the pacing seem ethereal at times, like a dream, and it adds t [...]

    5. Tosh says:
      Paul Bowles is a very cold creepy writer And that s what makes him wonderful The unique way he reads culture outside of the European American existence is both fascinating and superb at the same moment An unusual writer in a rather special time in literary history.I much prefer his short stories than his novels I just like his concrete intense energy in telling of these strange tales The Beats had a great admiration for Bowles, because I think he traveled not only locations, but also head wise a [...]

    6. Suzi says:
      If you want a taste of Paul Bowles that s wonderful and disturbing read his collection of short fiction His genius is in taking us away from what we feel is normal our preconceptions of who were are to ourselves and to the ones we love What happens when human beings are in a totally alien world where one cannot assume anything, let alone the direction the breezes blow at night and through your room And what pestilence and open sore and medieval stasis awaits around the next bend Always a journey [...]

    7. David says:
      The Delicate Prey may very well be the most perfect short story I ve ever read, whatever the hell that means I guess that every word not only sounds and feels and looks as if it belongs but that the story as a whole is one I simply cannot forget and will always reference as a model short story that impossible moment when the way I read, what and whom I read, was forever changed.

    8. Andy says:
      One of my favorite collections of short stories There are times when Bowles dispenses with traditional story conventions, as in there are no heroes or villains, some stories never reach a resolution, some don t even have a moral to them All I know is once you ve read A Distant Episode your life will never be the same.

    9. olivia says:
      I feel that Bowles is at his best when he pens short stories He really knows how to condense suspense and tense scenarios into a few pages, usually leaving you unsettled Wonderful.

    10. Chuck says:
      First rate fiction from an outstanding writer I d like to read maybe The Sheltering Sky.My recent binge of binge watching shows on Netflix including Seasons 4, 5, 6, and 7 of Shameless has cut into my reading time over the last couple of months, so I moved through these stories slowly than usual.Bowles lived an unusually interesting life and excelled in both music and writing I d like to know about him.

    11. Stephen says:
      I had actually never heard of Bowles before picking up this book I actually came across it in my workplace s donate for charity and take a book bin.d by a quarter of the way through I felt that surely someone bought it with the best of intentions, but were defeated by the onslaught of.imism depression that this book so masterfully produces So it ended up in the charity bin.Well, another man s trashI enjoyed most of the short stories of Bowles, I absolutely loved a few of them, and I genuinely di [...]

    12. G says:
      I find it interesting that the last two books I ve read as well as the one I m about to start have been based in or in the case of Collected Stories have had a large number of stories set in North Africa While it has been unplanned, it has presented an interesting through line and a sense of consistency.That said, how is this collection Many reviewers say that collections of short stories are hit and miss While that s a clich , it is certainly true for this collection In particular seemingly kif [...]

    13. Patrick McCoy says:
      The Collected Short Stories of Paul Bowles this collection certifies Bowles brilliance I have enjoyed his novels, but these fascinating short stories reveal him to be one of the greatest American writers of the century, perhaps the most under rated American writer I like the fact that his stories are often set in exotic locals like Morocco, S America, Mexico, and Thailand He is also good with stories about expats as well as those written form the point of view of locals, some of these stories co [...]

    14. R. says:
      Just got tired of the Arab bandits are sinister, American tourists are stupid, the Moroccan nights are sultry, the marketplace tea is hot and bitter blah blah blah Maybe it s because Bowles was a composer first and foremost that his writing comes across as, I dunno, subliminally mathematical lots of dots of 1s and 0s are connected until, I dunno, he typed THE END Maybe some other time, but not right now I d bet dollars to donuts his novels are better, but this collection is just Humorless Dave E [...]

    15. Jeff says:
      Paul Bowles was a bit of a polymath a talented composer, much admired by Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland, who showed promise in both classical and popular styles, who chose instead to focus on fiction, after the success of his novel The Sheltering Sky I ll leave discussion of his complicated personal life to others, along with speculation on whether his wife Jane Bowles was the talented author These short stories give a sense of his powers as an author lyrical, perverse, and utterly compelling [...]

    16. Lady R.E. Miller says:
      I m not in love with every single story in this collection in fact, there are a few I think are really mediocre However, some of them are so damn good it just makes the whole thing worth it How Many Midnights is one of them It s one of the strangest scary stories I ve ever read b c truly nothing happens Every time I read it I try to work out how Bowles managed to convey such horror he did it so subtly it s almost impossible to figure out That story sticks in my head as much as any short story I [...]

    17. oh carlyn what key says:
      okay look i am a sucker for short stories, and even though a lot of people consider bowles one of the premier beat writers, i resisted this collection because i couldn t get into shletering sky and thought he was just kind of boring i can t say my opinion changed too terribly much, although the delicate prey was a horrifying read and a few of the other stories were upsetting, which i like all in all i give this a meh.

    18. Duc says:
      Best stories Delicate PreyPages from Cold Point Circular Valley Similar to Jorge Luis Borges Circular Ruin It is about a spirit which enters human being because it was curious The spirit feels the emotions of being human.A linguist meets his ironic tragedy Some of the stories are written on a ship traveling to other continents Bowles wrote them for personal amusement.

    19. John Graham says:
      This is probably the best collection of short stories ever produced The breadth of subjects, the beauty of the prose, and the lingering effects of the stories keep me returning to the wonderful book.

    20. Clayton says:
      each story reads like a memory many of the stories have a disturbing realness to them a rare quality in fiction I read this book slower than any other book of mine since the weight of each story could only be felt if I took a break after each one to let the story sink into me.

    21. Tina Marlene says:
      Very strange, creepy, isolating, intelligent stories that will stay in your head until you die And, guess what The sky and the land and the water and the fire and the entire universe won t give a damn that you are dead or alive.

    22. Nick Carnac says:
      Thoughtful lines from the frontiers of experience by the laconic understated Bowles, ever familiar with the mystery around us all.

    23. alicatstrut says:
      These stories They say the real things you feel dangling just beyond your grasp They stick with you.

    24. Dave says:
      Actually i ve taken a time out on this one to read a bunch of others.

    25. John says:
      Bowles is an author that you just wish he had written or that someone found some new undiscovered manuscript he left somewhere in Morocco Pure genius.

    26. Andrew says:
      great collection of short stories from all over the world interesting style in that you re not always sure where or when the story is taking place

    27. Walter says:
      Bowles is a master of the short story of any short story writer he s the only one that s stayed with me since reading him So much so that he was calling out to be read again.

    28. Suzanne says:
      I read a couple stories on my trip this weekend, and this book is pretty good, but hard to read because most of the protagonists are complete assholes

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