Sunday, June 26

Let It Come Down - Paul Bowles (1952)

"... It is in this spiritually perilous tradition of vision and intensity at any price--even at the price of a pointless and repellent murder--that Paul Bowles has written an appropriate successor to his first book, the best-selling Sheltering Sky. The new one, Let It Come Down, is more continuously exciting than its predecessor and has more shape and style as a novel. It drives its central character relentlessly toward doom, toward the final orgastic shudder, with the nightmare clarity, the hallucinative exoticism, of the best of Bowles' short stories. And as in the short stories, artistic power and inhumanity go together. ..."
NY Times: A Relentless Drive Toward Doom (1953)
W - Let It Come Down

2007 November: The Authorized Paul Bowles Web Site, 2010 February: Paul Bowles (1910-1999), 2011: January: Halfmoon (1996), 2013 July: Tellus #23 - The Voices of Paul Bowles, 2014 January: Let It Come Down: the Life of Paul Bowles (1998), 2014 March: The Sheltering Sky (1949), 2015 January: Things Gone & Things Still Here, 2015 October: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles – a cautionary tale for tourists, 2015 November: The Rolling Stone Interview (May 23, 1974).