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Would you listen to The Stories of Paul Bowles again? Why?
I actually have already listened to some of the stories over again. I cannot add too much to all that has been said about Bowles, but this is a great survey, and my introduction, really, to him as a short story writer. I could not take my headphones off!
What did you like best about this story?
It was a whalloping dose of humor, misery and careful observation. I dreamt differently after hearing this collection.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
The narrator was a whole repertory company! WHAT a treat! It really added texture and variety to the stories and the selection of voices to stories was made by a very astute person, indeed.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There is a harrowing story - just awful - that can be described, at first, as picaresque, about a naive English philologist embarking on field work in Africa and it all turning very very unexpected, indeed, within 12 hours of arriving. I could barely stand the story, but will never forget a moment of it.
Any additional comments?
A perfect dream of a book. Absolutely a show-stopper!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the later stories much more than the early ones. My complaint with the early stories is that they would often start getting good and holding my interest when they would just end. I know that they are "literary" and not "plot-driven," but I found that so ANNOYING.
Having lots of narrators was great.