Without Stopping : An Autobiography (Paperback)

Author: Bowles, Paul

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Paul Bowles, the acclalmed author of "The Shelterlng Sky," offers movlng, powerful, subtle, and fasclnatlng lnslghts lnto hls llfe, hls wrltlng, and hls world.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061137419
SKU 202438403
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0061137413
Release Date 11/1/2006
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1T
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Paul Bowles
Bowles had an improbable beginning: he was the son of a Long Island dentist, and had a childhood he described as relentlessly bourgeois. He graduated from the University of Virginia, traveled to Paris (where he met Gertrude Stein), and also studied music. Originally, he lived in New York, where he was a composer for the movies and wrote scores for ballet and an opera. He left the U.S. when he was in his 30s and lived abroad for the rest of his life, chiefly in Morocco. His wife, Jane (Auer) Bowles, was a writer and a lesbian; the two had a long, happy marriage, even though both were chronically involved with other people, until she suffered a debilitating stroke and died in Spain in 1973. Paul Bowles has written novels, short stories, and poetry. His novels are often about outsiders living in Arab cultures, and about loneliness and alienation. He has also written travel books, translations, and in 1972, an autobiography called WITHOUT STOPPING. Bowles refused to use either a telephone or a fax machine. He died of a heart attack at age 88 in Tangier. By his own wish, his ashes are buried in upstate New York, near the graves of his parents, even though he had often said he wanted to be buried among the animals at the pet cemetery in Tangier.
"The first half of the book is admirable reading: amusing, concise, odd. Thereafter, a kind of engine-knock disturbs the progress of a lifetime. It is sometimes as though Paul Bowles were taking the facts of his maturity from an old engagement books, suppressing the essential flavor of trivialities and dazed by constant movement. The vision blurs."
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Editors Note Paul Bowles, the acclalmed author of The Shelterlng Sky, offers movlng, powerful, subtle, and fasclnatlng lnslghts lnto hls llfe, hls wrltlng, and hls world.
Annotation This autobiographical work by Paul Bowles contains some of the qualities of his best fiction-writing: lyrical language, concise observation, and a glimpse of the mystery at the heart of things. The book is so unrevealing about the personal details of his life that Jane Bowles jokingly called it "Without Telling," but it does provide a fascinating portrait of a man who knew everyone, went everywhere, and seems to have done his best to do everything. Bowles's portrait of his strange, solitary, precocious childhood as the son of a Long Island dentist is eccentric and compelling. In later life, such characters as Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Aaron Copland, Tennessee Williams, Christopher Isherwood, Djuna Barnes, Carson McCullers, and Gore Vidal play major and minor roles as Bowles travels from the US to Paris to Morocco and to many more places around the globe, in all of which he found kindred spirits, fascinating local customs, and inspiration for his own writing and musical compositions.
First Line Kneeling on a chair and clutching the gilded top rung of its back, I stared at the objects on the shelves of the cabinet.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0375
Publisher Harper Perennial

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