Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Sheltering Sky

July 4, 2012

One of my favorite books is "The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles. The story is about a group of wandering Americans in Morocco. They have no real schedule or planned destinations. They just wander without purpose. The story has always intrigued me and may be the reason for my desire to visit Morocco.

Here we are like the characters in the book, just wandering with no real destination, other than to catch a plane for the return trip (which the characters never do). There is a strangeness about drums beating all night until dawn outside our window, restaurants not being open until 8:00pm, women in all sorts of dress, the streets overflowing at night, and language misunderstandings. It is not frightening, just strange.

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