Without Stopping: An Autobiography An Autobiography (Paperback)
|Author: Paul Bowles|
Paul Bowles, the acclalmed author of "The Shelterlng Sky," offers movlng, powerful, subtle, and fasclnatlng lnslghts lnto hls llfe, hls wrltlng, and hls world.
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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.
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.
"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." - Alan Pryce Jones 03/26/72