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Travels by Paul Bowles
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Oct 16, 2011

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In Travels, Paul Bowles's writings – all penned between 1950 and 1993 – actively document his revelations and unique understandings of art, culture and the world through Ceylon, Spain, India, France and beyond, to North Africa, where his writings about Tangier give gleaming evidence to his passion for the place where he spent the rest of his life. He writes at length on the characters that seasoned his experiences, as well as the nature that arrested his consciousness; from the sky of the Sahara, "compared to which all other skies seem faint-hearted efforts" (Baptism of Solitude, 1953) to a peasant in Madeira about whom Bowles wrote, "There was a definite difference between this face and the kind of faces I was used to seeing. It was as if this one had been made by hand, the others mass-produced." (Madeira, 1960) the full review at my blog.
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