The Sheltering Sky (Penguin Classics)

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9780141023427: The Sheltering Sky (Penguin Classics)

Some journeys are best left unmade.

Kit and Port Moresby are Americans abroad. Struggling to save their marriage, they resolve to trade civilization for the wilderness of the Sahara. At first, the pair are seduced by the desert's beauty. But beneath the exquisite landscape lurk the dark undercurrents of an alien culture, and the relentless dangers of a hostile natural world.

And as they travel deeper, they might not only lose their way.

They could lose their lives...

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"It stands head and shoulders above most other novels published in English since World War II."--"The New Republic""[The Sheltering Sky] is one of the most original, even visionary, works of fiction to appear in this century."--Tobias Wolff

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Port and Kit Moresbury, a sophisticated American couple, are finding it more than a little difficult to live with each other. Endeavouring to escape this predicament, they set off for North Africa intending to travel through Morocco – uncertain of exactly where they are heading, but determined to leave the modern world behind. Port, a musician, is seeking inspiration; Kit, his wife, hopes their adventure together will save their marriage… The first novel of one of the most fascinating and elusive writers of modern times, 'The Sheltering Sky' is a mesmerising story of love and alienation.

‘'Now and then, perhaps once in five or six years, a novel appears which does not repeat the pattern of commonplace existence that readers of novels know so well, but makes us realise that our life is extraordinary. 'The Sheltering Sky' is such a novel.'’
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‘'A phenomenon rarer than sword-swallowing: a work of fiction which also happens to be a work of art'’
THE TIMES

'’Sexual perversion, spiritual bankruptcy, violence, madness, nihilism – that's what Bowles writes about… it is the way he uses intricate frameworks of language to contain and control a vision of near-total horror that makes him an original and important writer.’'
GUARDIAN

'’Remarkably gifted – Bowles relates his story in prose of such acuity that it is believable and chilling. This classic demands to be read.'’
GUARDIAN

‘'His work is art. At his best, Bowles has no peer.’’
TIME MAGAZINE

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