Paul Bowles Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What do Paul Bowles’s isolated Westerners discover about themselves when confronted by alien civilizations?

Why do Bowles’s characters travel so far from home to go to such isolated places?

Characteristically, when and how does violence make its entrance into Bowles’s tales?

How does Bowles portray the North African desert in The Sheltering Sky?

In any Bowles story or novel, does foreign travel bring about a new state of mind in his main characters? If so, what is it?

How are nomadic tribesmen portrayed in The Sheltering Sky?