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The Delicate Prey And Other Stories

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Icate Prey is in fact one of the most profound beautifully wrought and haunting collections in our literature Bowles's tales are at once austere witty violent and sensuous They move with the inevitability of myth His language has a purity of line a poise and authority entirely its own capable of instantly modulating from farce to horror without a ruffle It was in an

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Paul Bowles once said that a story should remain taut throughout like a piece of string That tense stretched tone is the key to this collection of 17 eerie tales by the author best known for The Sheltering Sky The Delicate Prey is dedicated For my mother who first read me the stories of Poe If Poe had lived in Mexico and he'd had ice water running in hi 45 Bowles is

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S veins to counteract his feverish romanticism he might have crafted something like these odd vignettes about human frailty and cruelty The setting is a world where palm trees are like shiny green spiders where bats reel silently overhead in a jet black sky where a hot relentless wind blows across deserted plazas As Tobias Wolff writes in Esuire The Del A few of the

About the Author: Paul Bowles

Jane Bowles He moved to Tangiers permanently in 1947 with Auer following him there in 1948 There they became fixtures of the American and European expatriate scene their visitors including Truman Capote Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal Bowles continued to live in Tangiers after the death of his wife in 1973Bowles died of heart failure in Tangier on November 18 1999 His ashes were interred near the graves of his parents and grandparents in Lakemont New York

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  1. says:

    The Delicate Prey and Other Stories Paul BowlesThe Delicate Prey and Other Stories is a collection of 17 stories written by Paul Bowles first published in 1950The stories At paso rojo; pastor dowe at tacaté; call at corazon; under the sky; señor ong and señor ha; the circular valley; the echo; the scorpion; the fourth day out from santa cruz; pages from cold point; you are not i; how many midnights; a thousand days to mokhatar; tea on the mountain; by the water; the delicate prey; a distant episodeتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز سیزدهم ماه ژانویه سال 2013میلادیعنوان طعمه لذیذ؛ نویسنده پل بولز باولز؛ برگردان سمانه جعفری؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، روزگار نو، 1391، در 64ص، شابک 9786006867069؛ موضوع داستانهای کوتاه مدرن کلاسیک، از نویسندگان آمریکایی سده 20معنوان داستان‌ها «طعمة لذیذ»، «یک حادثة دور» و «درّه گرد» است؛ در داستان «طعمة لذیذ»، «درمیس»، پسر جوانی ست، که به همراه دو دایی‌ خود، که تاجر، و علاقمند به امور دینی هستند، به تجارت چرم می‌پردازد؛ روزی آن‌ها ؛ ا شربیانی

  2. says:

    45 Bowles is a master of the creeping dread Some stories feel like a punch in the gut In others the punch never comes but you're still left waiting for it Not sure which is terrifying

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    The Delicate Prey yeah and they are but I had a feeling that if I could peak out of the corner of my eye when no one was looking that I would see a predator licking someone else's blood off their own paws They would curl into a tired ball after a fit of violence they wouldn't have wanted to help you know? Dream of chases and far off screams and it wouldn't seem any real than the heat coming off the ground in waves Never mind the no one looking part The predator would wrap itself in a blanket and put itself right at your feet These stories are creepy in the way that a mother might feel if she had given birth to a monster Involving you know in a should be familiar to you way because you said hello to it and gave it food and instead it is something you would never want to recognize A monster that doesn't know it's a monster A monster that acts within its own instinctual code You're not its concern You're foodI didn't like Paul Bowles at all when I was younger I have a hard time remembering when I read some things I have always read a lot even when I didn't actively seek out books to read but considering that there was a film version not a good film starring John Malkovich it was probably some time in my late teen years That's close enough to my timeline I'm not going to try to read my own mind from way back when It was probably something like Boring Paul Bowles is not boring He is a come up from beind you writer Dammit I hate it when I get self conscious in reviews I never know how to describe prose styles or narrative or Um I'm pretty useless at all that anyway and does anyone look to me for that? I doubt it Okay the usual thing I know I'm a monster You can hate me for it laterThe thing is the thing when I write about some of my favorite stories in the collection or stories that I won't struggle as much to write about pretty much everything is just great There are 17 stories and no way am I doing all of them No I don't hear you crying Tough I'm also too lazy to do the proper accent marks Will my barbarism never cease?at pasa rojoSisters Chalia and Lucia have never married while their mother was alive Garbed in frontierswoman breeches and what a fun new life respectively they retire to their brother's estate I am not Paul Bowles so my description is some Hollywood actor's version of a ranch Don Federico is affably the man with the money saving everybody blah blah blah You know what I said about vipers who don't want to see themselves as vipers? Chalia tastes her first taste of sexuality with one of those lower on the food chain oh so lucky to work under Rico Maybe they were comparitively but it is still their word against theirs and it can't be fun to be lucky It is chilling that Chalia sleeps like the innocent baby when getting to have her way and keep the image she wants to have I don't think Rico will continue to be one of the better ones if he sees them as lucky to have him and Chalia as in a right above place I really did like that aspect maybe the best of all in Bowles's stories It is something I've noticed in people when they've hurt someone else They would cry if they bruised their hand after throwing a punch It's just the bit of reality that a story of monsters needs you know?Okay I started writing the above review days ago and then I got sick of it Reviewing short stories collections is a pain in the ass I've had a JG Ballard review unfinished for ages I didn't even get that far for Bowles Sorry Bowles I've treated your wife even worseMy favorites were the echo and you are not i A mother turns on her daughter on an invited vacation and she has dreams of the unfairness of it all violence Kicking someone in and the worst fantasy you could give in it to Pretty much how I feel about my nemesis the turtle sometimes It would be nice No No it would be wrong Besides he has that hard turtle shell Wrong For a while during her childhood this fear of having no mental privacy had been extended to anyone even persons existing at a distance could have access to her mindThat's me Shit I have tried to empty my mind of all thought so many times in case anyone could mind read Not that I do that now I mean me younger like Aileen in the echo story Of course that's what I meant Now she felt open only to those present And so it was that finding herself face to face with Prue she was conscious of no particular emotion save the familiar vague sense of boredom There was not a thought in her head and her face made the fact apparentI dig the way that Bowles writes things He could dig your body into the ground with only your ears sticking out and then the bad prey would eat you alive Ruthless thought reflections that sound terrible bouncing off mountain like shit of bad expectations and social disorders you are not i a woman escapes from a mental institution and her sister ends up in her place doing the things that her sister did I had a feeling that the crazy sister still didn't become the not crazy sister so you are not i could be we are not i She did go around putting stones in the mouths of the train crash victims What would that be for if people put money on eyelids to pay for the trip across the river styx? To weight down in the river and a price of silence?I read some old New York Times article from some author I've never heard of when this collection originally came out 1950 The dude criticiszed Bowles for writing about foriegn places like Mexico and Morrocco I don't get it Every monster in all places are not foriegn to themselvesI don't remember now which story had the rapist who thought he could pay the woman off afterwards Or the slutty son who could not be contained on a deserted island for father and son I wish I could read this stuff and not start to worry about my own monster tendencies Keeping wild animals as pets and his setting his own free but without looking inside the cage and only to protect it Definitely had that delicate monster feeling here Anyway I like Bowles an awful lot now Janes Bowles too I also read some other author's blog posts about both of their short stories she didn't have much to say Uh oh now I feel bad about skimping here too The lady said that call at corazon was autobiographical according to Bowles if it was I have a hard time believing it was about Jane Revenge? I guess you don't know an author through their writing but the feeling I have about Janes Bowles from what I read about her isn't that She is as much about trying to peer into the veins under skin for the true look as he I could see them staring at each other Besides if they were passionate it wasn't about each other from what I know about them I don't really want to know I am happy relating to the second guess thing I liked just review Jane Mariel about Two Serious Ladies how Miss Goering admits to every damned thing about herself I relate to that I like these two admitting shit authors Monsters know they are monsters and they fear itI liked every story a lot You could be afraid of everythingchokengtitiktitikchokengsMy copy is some old ugly copy and not a pretty new copy with the camel and Gore Vidal's Bowles essay I think that Gore Vidal has the same taste as me in American writers He's been coming up constantly these days He sure did love Paul Bowles Truman Capote champion of Jane he did not love Noooo how can you not love my beloved Truman? That's why you don't try to find out about the personal lives of your favorite authors Vidal couldn't deal with bitchy Capote Eyes seeing better than looking into eyes Monsters hiding in closet I don't care I'm pretty sure he knew himself even if he was fake as shit in society

  4. says:

    A superb collection of short stories I wouldn't call them horror and most are not even of the supernatural but these stories stirred up a definite sense of intrigue mystery and unease as I read them Even 'The Scorpion' a really short story about an old woman who lived in a cave with a rather abrupt ending left me with a weird ueasy indescribable feeling I just could not stop reading and whenever I was away from it I wanted to get back to it as soon as possible The stories that stood out the most for me were 'Senor Ong and Senor Ha' 'The Circular Valley' and 'Pages from Cold Point' I can't wait to read from this author

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    A few of them blend together in my memory but the best stories “Senor Ong and Senor Ha” “The Circular Valley” “The Fourth Day out from Santa Cruz” “Pages from Cold Point” “By the Water” and “The Delicate Prey” in my opinion have a uality about them that’s entirely uniue It’s hard to describe the horror that wells up from these stories It’s existential horror reminiscent of the scene in The Sheltering Sky when Port and Kit look at the sky over the desert and Port says that he sometimes gets the feeling that it’s sheltering them from what’s behind itwhich is he supposes “nothing absolute night”In The Sheltering Sky the universe is simply indifferent to suffering Port suffers as my friend Kareem pointed out to me “because he gets sick” The Delicate Prey is a little different The universe in these stories is malignant A few of the stories in particular the last two which I like are so brutal that the sadism overwhelms to a degree Bowles’s careful construction Stories like “The Circular Valley” “The Fourth Day out from Santa Cruz” and “By the Water” however seem just about perfect and stand out in my mind as unlike anything else I’ve read

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    and some of the things could never have been his if he had not purposely changed to fit themHe consoled himself by recalling that it is only in each man's own consciousness that the isolation exists; objectively man is always a part of somethingLife is visually too hideous for one to make the attempt to preserve itOnly other people lived and died had their lives and deaths She being inside herself existed merely as herself and not as a part of anything else People animals flowers and stones were objects and they all belonged to the world outside It was their juxtapositions that made hostile or friendly patterns Sometimes she looked at her own hands and feet for several minutes trying to fight off an indefinite sensation they gave her of belonging also to the world outside But this never troubled her deeply The impressions were received and accepted without uestion; at most she could combat them when they were too strong for her comfort

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    It was in an essay by Gore Vidal that I first encountered the name Paul Bowles many years ago At the time I was a teenager working in a small used bookstore where a large portion of my meager earnings wound up going right back to the store for books I asked the proprietor of the store if we had any books by Paul Bowles She pulled a volume from the shelf behind the counter saying “yes and it is a first edition” At the time I could not understand why anyone would buy a hardcover book when a paperback edition of than same book existed but since there was no paperback copy of the book in the store I put up the big money 750 to purchase this first edition That was the first first edition I even purchased knowing that it was actually a first edition and it was a good start to my book collecting mania These are amazing stories that reminded me in some ways of Poe but with a stronger sense of horror and the incomprehensibility of different cultures Highly recommended

  8. says:

    These stories are seriously messed up rife with ambuscading menace I was rather indifferent to The Sheltering Sky but these short stories are some of the best I've read in a long time I'm thinking I might have to bump TSS it must be thirteen fourteen years since I had at 'er back into the rotation for a reappraisal

  9. says:

    This book doesn't care if you live or die

  10. says:

    Bowles' prose is cold and elegant His themes are disculturation and dislingual anxiety A Distant Episode and The Scorpion stand as antitheses to the presumption of the necessity of Western modes of socialization and communication Horrifying and riveting stuff

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