Book by Bowles, Paul
The Delicate Prey Book by Bowles Paul
The Delicate Prey, yeah, and they are, but I had a feeling that if I could peak out of the corner of my eye when no one was looking that I would see a predator licking someone else s blood off their own paws They would curl into a tired ball after a fit of violence they wouldn t have wanted to help, you know Dream of chases and far off screams and it wouldn t seem any real than the heat coming off the ground in waves Never mind the no one looking part The predator would wrap itself in a blanket [...]
A superb collection of short stories I wouldn t call them horror and most are not even of the supernatural but these stories stirred up a definite sense of intrigue, mystery and unease as I read them Even The Scorpion , a really short story about an old woman who lived in a cave, with a rather abrupt ending, left me with a weird, queasy, indescribable feeling I just could not stop reading and whenever I was away from it, I wanted to get back to it as soon as possible The stories that stood out t [...]
It was in an essay by Gore Vidal that I first encountered the name Paul Bowles many years ago At the time I was a teenager working in a small used bookstore where a large portion of my meager earnings wound up going right back to the store for books I asked the proprietor of the store if we had any books by Paul Bowles She pulled a volume from the shelf behind the counter saying yes, and it is a first edition At the time I could not understand why anyone would buy a hardcover book when a paperba [...]
These stories are seriously messed up rife with ambuscading menace I was rather indifferent to The Sheltering Sky, but these short stories are some of the best I ve read in a long time I m thinking I might have to bump TSS it must be thirteen, fourteen years since I had at er back into the rotation for a reappraisal.
and some of the things could never have been his if he had not purposely changed to fit them He consoled himself by recalling that it is only in each man s own consciousness that the isolation exists objectively man is always a part of something Life is visually too hideous for one to make the attempt to preserve it.
This book doesn t care if you live or die .
Bowles prose is cold and elegant His themes are disculturation and dislingual anxiety A Distant Episode and The Scorpion stand as antitheses to the presumption of the necessity of Western modes of socialization and communication Horrifying and riveting stuff.
Sparse and sinister tales make up this collection of Bowle s darker fiction Full of quiet menace, each tales paints a different shade of alienation whether it s in Latin America, Morocco or Manhattan, each exposes individuals on the precipice of some life changing life threatening moment He wisely grazes the surface and leaves much to the imagination, but others including the brutal A Distant Episode goes for the throat From the era of the late 40s, early 50 s, Bowles tales are right up there wi [...]
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A few of them blend together in my memory, but the best stories Senor Ong and Senor Ha , The Circular Valley , The Fourth Day out from Santa Cruz , Pages from Cold Point , By the Water and The Delicate Prey , in my opinion have a quality about them that s entirely unique It s hard to describe the horror that wells up from these stories It s existential horror, reminiscent of the scene in The Sheltering Sky when Port and Kit look at the sky over the desert and Port says that he sometimes gets the [...]
I ve long admired the dark novels of Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky Let It Come Down Up Above the World and his excellent memoir Without Stopping, but his short stores are utterly strange, illuminated and cruel They seem to have been written by a man in a fever with ice in his veins My favorites Delicate Prey, A Distant Episode and especially the ultra chilling Pages from Cold Point.
A distant episode is one of the most scorching stories written by an American ex pat or otherwise in the 20th centuryelligent, visceral, and very scary the image of the dog hit with a rock will neverever leave me Pages from Cold Point and Delicate Prey are also nasty little bundles.
The Delicate Prey and A Distant Episode are stunners Bowles remains one of my top five, all time faves.
This collection of stories is the earliest one from Paul Bowles I could find He was a renowned composer friend and colleague of Aaron Copland for example and just up and decided to write a handful of novels and a lot of stories.These stories kind of take place all over the place, from North Africa to Mexico and Central America, as well as a few nameless places.He, in a way, almost writes anti Hemingway short stories These aren t the stories of masculine men revealing small insecurities but ultim [...]
These are some of the great stories in orientalist literature The settings are exotic The characters are sometimes despicable, sometimes heart wrenchingly misunderstood Each story is laid out perfectly in time and space, and twists and turns reminiscent of G.G Marquez mystical works may take you by surprise I read the 17 stories in no particular order, but might consider a cover to cover approach upon rereading.
To be clear, the writing is superb I gave this book three stars because every story except one made me feel AWFUL That probably isn t fair to the book, and I do want to encourage others to read it particularly writers looking for an example of narrative that s exquisitely descriptive without being purple or overly sentimental But for heaven s sake, don t read it if you re in a dark place.
Incredible, while I was reading this collection I was thinking of other short story writers and shaking my head a little I kept thinking, This is how short stories should be written, exactly like this The last few stories are not as good as the first dozen, but it doesn t matter, the book is unbelievable, it could now be my favourite collection of short stories.
These are stark, eerie stories, which from one paragraph to the next might bring you from delight to horror.
Bordering on a 4.5 Very good short story collection, some rather nasty characters though.
A few years ago when I took a course on American short stories with the University of California Berkeley Extension, one short story hit me between the eyes and stopped me cold The Distant Episode Its writer, whom I hadn t heard of, was Paul Bowles That short story is one of 17 in The Delicate Prey, a 1950 collection by Bowles of stories written from 1939 to 1949 In rereading 1945 s The Distant Episode, I was again struck by its 10 pages of astonishing brutality, taking place in the merciless de [...]
Read so far At Paso Rojo Pastor Dowe at Tacate Call at Corazon Under the sky Sen or Ong and Sen or Ha The circular valley 3The echo The scorpion The fourth day out from Santa Cruz Pages from Cold Point You are not I How many midnights A thousand days to Mokhtar Tea on the mountain By the water The delicate prey A distant episode 2
Cold, scary, profound.
This is such an interesting collection of stories Paul Bowles is one of the most intriguing writers that I have been familiarized with, and each one of these stories are distinct and show Bowles background as it seems to bleed through in all of them No story is dry, and all of them are sure to suck you in Because I cannot pick just one, I ll give a sort of theme that I learned from each one at paso rojo People need a way to make themselves feel stronger or powerful when insecurestor dowe at tac [...]
Read the majority of these in Paul Bowles complete collected short stories checked this book out from the library back home so that way I could sneakily say I had read the whole thing these are all so freaking wacko and disturbing I freaking love them I couldn t stop talking to my friend about them I love the crazy, demented, unpredictable endings I love how we follow these sick villain freaks around a rapist, a demon, a murderer rapist Favorites are The Echo would totally teach this in a creati [...]
Perhaps there are a handful of short story collections by a single author that stand as marks on the road to perfection this is one It joins Faulkner s These Thirteen, Hemingway s The First Forty Nine Stories, Kate Chopin s The Awakening and Other Stories, and a number of others the list is not criminally short Each story is a master class in how not to write a then this happened tale It may not even be possible to tell exactly what happens in any given story An excellent example of this is his [...]
La collana Mini Modern Classics della Penguin benemerita, perch permette di farsi una veloce idea su di un autore mediante un assaggino di 60 100 pagine, tenendo conto che, ahim , Ars Longa, Vita Brevis.Dei tre racconti di questa mini antologia, i primi due parlano di un Nordafrica e Sahara crudeli ed allucinanti.The Delicate Prey, racconto che d il titolo alla raccolta, una specie di American Psycho nel Sahara.A Distant Episode una vera discesa all Inferno guidata dall arroganza culturale Mi ha [...]
Brutal and dark tales that feel almost set in some barbarian fantasy world rather than ours However it is our world and it shows humans excelling at being horrendous to other humans Not really my cup of tea but if you want thirty minutes of occasionally violent bleakness then these three stories are very well written ways of taking you there I would give it 5 stars for the writing but I can t truthfully say that I enjoyed it, though I am sure that others will.
This is one of the best short story collections I ve ever read There is one story By the Water that seems like a miss to me, but every other piece is quite good and shows off Bowles s breadth of talent admirably He seems like he was one of the most humane American writers, possessing a keen sense of the complexity of human relations both interpersonal and intercultural along with knowledge and empathy for the divergent points of view of the characters in his work.
A trio of savage, unholy and forlorn stories, described with a beautiful timbre that serve to disarm and desensitise the reader Bowles roams effortlessly from the harshness of the desert to the exuberant and mountainous jungles, providing an unstinting reminder that, no matter how much civilisation filters and trammels our minds, reality, like good fiction, is a gritty affair that can be forgotten but never truly escaped.