Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Mediterranean Books

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 03 May 2004

Chris wrote: Perhaps some Paul Bowles? He uses North African settings, and he certainly does have a gift for the grueseome. One of the three novels in the Library of America collection -- "The Sheltering Sky," "Let It Come Down," "The Spider's House" -- would be my suggestion.

*************** Interesting that you would mention him. I had never heard of him but saw the Library of America collection at a bookstore in Annapolis and spent some time looking through it. Perhaps it was just ill luck of the draw, but the section I opened to and read didn't convince me that I would like it. A character tells a story about a girl that walks down the street every day about the same time with her mother and a guy sits at a bar and watches for her. Bowles's style seemed to include a lot of rumination and side-stories.


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