Day: December 2, 2011

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles

Intro I remember announcing to a once bookish friend that I intend to read this right after finishing the book that I was currently reading at that time. It must be Gilead, since it is the book that I wrote about prior to this. I then went to the bathroom and when I returned, he gave me his approval. He said he likes the opening chapter, which is only two pages long. If I remember it right, it is something about waking up in a Northern African hotel room with the afternoon sun slanting through the window. I also like this first chapter, and aren’t first chapters important? The impressions the writer leaves on the reader can either make or break the commitment that the latter has in finishing the book. I did finish the book, of course, but I would just like to point out that I selected this book mainly because there is a mesmerizing quality in the title. I know it’s set in Africa, what with the book cover of the Sahara. …