The Spider s House am Book What a delight to read a work by Paul Bowles for the first time Paul Bowles was a composer and writer who settled in Tangier Morocco in and lived there
The Spider's House am Book What a delight to read a work by Paul Bowles for the first time. Paul Bowles (1910-1999) was a composer and writer, who settled in Tangier (Morocco) in 1947 and lived there as an American expatriate until his death. His vast knowledge of Moroccan people and their mentality, and what it is like to be a foreigner abroad seeps through his third novel The Spider's House (1955). The book starts off with two different stories. One is written from the point of view of a young, illiterate Moroccan boy called Amar. He is the son of a traditional healer and views the world solely from the "Moslem" point of view. Here is an example: If you could not have freedom you could still have vengeance, and that was all anyone really wanted now. Perhaps, he thought, rationalizing, [...] vengeance was what Allah wished His people to have, and by inflicting punishment on unbelievers the Moslems would merely be imposing divine justice.The other story is written from the point of view of an American expatriate living in Fez called Stenham. He hangs out with a variety of foreigners in the city and they have different views on Morocco, the French colonizers and the future of this country in the northwestern corner of the African continent. Some of Stenham friends support the French, others including Polly, an American woman are ardent supporters of the Moroccan independence movement (Istiqlal) and believe that the Moroccans are entitled to the same rights like Americans and the rest of the West. Stenham is annoyed by Polly's idealism. He loves Morocco just for the land that it is and the society that was different from the West. He fears that independence will radically change the Morocco he fell in love with.Halfway through the book, the paths of Amar and Stenham converge. Fez is in the middle of an insurrection. That's when the story becomes quite suspenseful. Will Amar's and Stenham's worlds collide into a violent clash, or will they find ways to get along? Will they both survive the violence that is raging in the city? I thought this part of the book was quite interesting, unfortunately the ending left me a bit hanging. But there's no doubt that Paul Bowles was way ahead of his time when he wrote about the culture clash of the West and the Islamic world. And when I read the news on the Middle East these days, it seems like not much has changed.. Set in Fez, Morocco, during that country s 1954 nationalist uprising, The Spider s House is perhaps Paul Bowles s most beautifully subtle novel, richly descriptive of its setting and uncompromising in its characterizations Exploring once again the dilemma of the outsider in an alien society, and the gap in understanding between cultures recurrent themes of Paul Bowles s wSet in Fez, Morocco, during that country s 1954 nationalist uprising, The Spider s House is perhaps Paul Bowles s most beautifully subtle novel, richly descriptive of its setting and uncompromising in its characterizations Exploring once again the dilemma of the outsider in an alien society, and the gap in understanding between cultures recurrent themes of Paul Bowles s writings The Spider s House is dramatic, brutally honest, and shockingly relevant to today s political situation in the Middle East and elsewhere.. The best Ebook The Spider's House The major portion of this book, the first 80%, is an utterly enchanting meditation on an exotic land (Morocco) and the contrasts between the archaic and modernity. The writing is brilliant. But the final part of the story either wobbled or, in my view, just collapsed - as Bowles simply didn't know how to resolve the story he had so meticulously constructed. If one can ignore this flaw, reading this book will be enormously rewarding.
Spider s House A Novel Bowles, Paul Paul Bowles was born in and studied music with composer Aaron Copland before moving to Tangier, Morocco A devastatingly imaginative observer of the West s encounter with the East, he is the author of four highly acclaimed novels The Sheltering Sky, Let It Come Down, The Spider s House The Spider s House by Paul Bowles The Spider s House Set in Fez, Morocco, during that country s nationalist uprising, The Spider s House is perhaps Paul Bowles s most beautifully subtle novel, richly descriptive of its setting, and Spider House Cafe Patio Bar Spider House Cafe One of Austin s legendary hotspots since , Spider House Patio Bar Ballroom offers a laid back environment for it s patrons to meet friends over delicious specialty cocktails and an artisan inspired Most Common House Spiders How to Identify a Dangerous House Spiders The Most Common You ll Find The Most Common Types of House Spiders Quick Tips to Get Rid of Spiders in Your House Combine the water, vinegar, and peppermint oil in a glass spray bottle, add a squirt of dish soap and shake the container gently Make sure that you label the bottle for future use Spray the spider solution along all entryways to your home