The Sheltering Sky

By Paul Bowles
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"The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles is a haunting and evocative novel set in the harsh and mysterious landscapes of North Africa.

Port and Kit Moresby, an attractive but troubled American couple, embark on a journey through the desolate and unforgiving Sahara Desert. In a search for something undefined, they crave a sense of adventure and escape from the boredom of their privileged lives.

As they delve deeper into the heart of the desert, their relationship starts to unravel. Port's obsession with finding a lost city and Kit's constant longing for excitement strain their already fragile marriage.

Along the way, they encounter fellow travelers, such as the enigmatic and mysterious Tunner, who have their own hidden agendas. As the line between dream and reality blurs, the suffocating desert becomes a metaphor for their own inner struggles and desires.

Bowles' prose captures the harsh beauty and existential dread of the desert, immersing readers in the stifling atmosphere and barren landscapes. The novel explores themes of alienation, the search for authenticity, and the fragile nature of human connection.

"The Sheltering Sky" is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking work that delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche and leaves readers questioning the boundaries between madness and sanity, life and death.
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