February Book Club
Join the book club for a discussion of The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles.
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Join us as we discuss The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. New members are always welcome -- just read the book and show up for the discussion!
Ranked in the 100 novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles is an existential story that centers on Port Moresby and his wife Kit, a married couple originally from New York who travel to the North African desert accompanied by their friend Tunner. The journey, initially an attempt by Port and Kit to resolve their marital difficulties, is quickly fraught by the travelers' ignorance of the dangers that surround them.
The novel was adapted by Bernardo Bertolucci into a 1990 film with the same title starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich, and with a screenplay by Mark Peploe. The movie is filmed in Morocco, Algeria, and Niger and features powerful landscapes.
Following a cultured middle-class upbringing in New York City, during which he displayed a talent for music and writing, Paul Bowles pursued his education at the University of Virginia before making several trips to Paris in the 1930s. He studied music with Aaron Copland, and in New York wrote music for theatrical productions, as well as other compositions. He achieved critical and popular success with his first novel The Sheltering Sky (1949), set in what was known as French North Africa, which he had visited in 1931.
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Bill Schlachter MPP '08
Ritu Prasad, AB'14