A chance encounter while holidaying in Central America leads an American couple, the Slades, to befriend the charming, handsome Grove Soto and his young Cuban mistress. But as the Slades' trip becomes prolonged and they grow increasingly dependent on their new acquaintances, an undercurrent of cruelty begins to disturb the comfort and niceties to ...
A chance encounter while holidaying in Central America leads an American couple, the Slades, to befriend the charming, handsome Grove Soto and his young Cuban mistress. But as the Slades' trip becomes prolonged and they grow increasingly dependent on their new acquaintances, an undercurrent of cruelty begins to disturb the comfort and niceties to which they are accustomed. "Up Above the World" shows Paul Bowles to be a master of the tension and horror of rising viciousness.
A few small marks to the page edges. A slight tan to the page edges. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Light foxing to the page edges. Minor Shelfwear. The dust jacket is a little tatty and torn. Good reading copy. Text fully legible. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentione.
Acceptable in Acceptable jacket. 8vo. Simon and Schuster, NY, 1966. States: First printing on the copyright page. The book is bound in full gray cloth with gilt spine titles that are still bright. Sharp corners, clean unmarked inner text and a dark gray top stain. The dust jacket is acceptable only with rubbing and creasing and a few nicks. The underside of the jacket has some water staining along the spine. The jacket colors are still bright. The lower corner of the jackets front flap has been clipped but the original publishers price of: $4.95 is still present. Price includes a new clear Mylar dust jacket cover installed prior to shipping.
New York. 1966. Simon & Schuster. 1st Printing. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front, Otherwise Very Good. No Dustjacket. 223 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature America. inventory # 26890. FROM THE PUBLISHER-On the terrace of an elaborate hilltop apartment overlooking a Central American capital, four people sit making polite coversation. The American couple-an elderly physician and his young wife-are tourists. Their host, whom they have just met, is a young man of striking good looks and charm. The girl, who is his mistress, is very young and very beatufiul. Sitting there, with drinks in their hands, watching the sunset, the Slades seem to be experienced in the sort of fortunate chance encounter that travelers cherish. But amidst the civilities and small talk, one remark proves prophetic. The host says to the American woman: ‘It's not exactly what you think. ' Masterfully-with the poetic control that has always characterized his work-Paul Bowles leads the reader beneath the surface of hospitality and luxury into a tortuous maze of human relationships and shifting moods, until what seems at first a merely casual encounter is seen to be one rooted in viciousness and horror. Paul Frederic Bowles (December 30, 1910 – November 18, 1999) was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. Following a cultured middle-class upbringing in New York City, during which he displayed a talent for music and writing, Bowles pursued his education at the University of Virginia before making various trips to Paris in the 1930s. He studied music with Aaron Copland, and in New York wrote music for various theatrical productions, as well as other compositions. He achieved critical and popular success with the publication in 1949 of his first novel The Sheltering Sky, set in what was known as French North Africa, which he had visited in 1931. In 1947 Bowles settled in Tangier, Morocco, and his wife, Jane Bowles followed in 1948. Except for winters spent in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) during the early 1950s, Tangier was his home for the remaining 52 years of his life. Paul Bowles died in 1999 at the age of 88. His ashes are buried in Lakemont Cemetery in upstate New York.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. 1966, First Edition, 223 pp. Hardcover, lavender cloth. Near Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket. Previous owner's small bookplate on the front pastedown; faint sunning along top edge. The DJ has a light waterstain visible along the fold b/w the rear flap and panel. DJ now in a mylar wrap.
Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. B000Q0Y1VI. An exceptionally crisp copy, with slight fading of the boards at the top and a whisper of toning to the endpapers, but a really flawless interior. The colorful jacket has a touch of edgewear. Perhaps it is a little faded, but I have no basis of comparison. A mylar Brodart cover now protects it. Fast shipping worldwide, with tracking number provided.
Dust Jacket Included. Hard Cover. Stated First Edition. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 223 pages. The book is bound in green cloth-covered boards. Dustjacket has wear at edges and a small scraped area from sticker removal on front and back. VG/G+.
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