Their Heads Are Green (Peter Owen Modern Classic)

Their Heads Are Green Peter Owen Modern Classic Their Heads are Green and their Hands are Blue is an engaging collection of eight travel essays Except for one essay on Central America all of these pieces are concerned with locations in the Hindu

  • Title: Their Heads Are Green (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
  • Author: Paul Bowles
  • ISBN: 9780720610772
  • Page: 157
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  • Their Heads are Green and their Hands are Blue is an engaging collection of eight travel essays Except for one essay on Central America, all of these pieces are concerned with locations in the Hindu, Buddhist, or Islamic worlds A superb and observant traveler, Paul Bowles was a born wanderer who found pleasure in the inaccessible and who cheerfully endures the concomita Their Heads are Green and their Hands are Blue is an engaging collection of eight travel essays Except for one essay on Central America, all of these pieces are concerned with locations in the Hindu, Buddhist, or Islamic worlds A superb and observant traveler, Paul Bowles was a born wanderer who found pleasure in the inaccessible and who cheerfully endures the concomitant hardships with a matter of fact humor These essays provide us with Paul Bowles characteristic insightfulness and bring us closer to a world we frequently hear about, but often find difficult to understand.

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    1. I have a firm belief that if I had Paul Bowles as a travel guide in North Africa or Central America - I will die! Can you imagine getting in a cab with him? Yikes! But while you are taking your bath and reading these fantastic travel essays - then you are perfectly safe. Bowles is superb.

    2. Truth is not what you perceive with your senses, but what you feel in your heart.*Immediately when you arrive in the Sahara, for the first or the tenth time, you notice the stillness. An incredible, absolute silence prevails outside the towns; and within, even in busy places like the markets, there is a hushed quality in the air, as if the quiet were a conscious force which, resenting the intrusion of sound, minimizes and disperses sound straightway. Then there is the sky, compared to which all [...]

    3. Their Heads Are Green And Their Hands Are Blue (1963) is a collection of essays about travel by Paul Bowles. Bowles has a gift for telling observations about travel in places that weren't really meant for tourists, as well as exposing interesting aspects of the people who live in the obscure places he traveled. "Fish Traps and Private Business" is about his travels in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)--a place that he once had a residence. He does an overview of the culture and religion of North Africa (Morocc [...]

    4. After reading much of Bowles's oeuvre, I found this collection of his travel essays a bit disappointing. Bowles is, correctly, disapproving of colonialism, but relies too much on orientalist stereotyping for his descriptions of non-Western societies. This is one of those disappointing contradictions that everyone has, of course, but I find it especially disconcerting in a writer whose strong sense of personal ethics and delicate understanding of the complexities of intercultural and interpersona [...]

    5. "Every time I go to a place I have not seen before, I hope it will be as different as possible from the places I already know."An affection for the obscure, which I share, begins Paul Bowles' collection of travel essays. While I gripe about the sameness of the 21st century American city (UGH I'm so sick of micro greens and chicken on a ciabatta roll), I doubt I would survive in Paul's world. He lived as a perma-expat for a few decades, spending time collecting North African music for the Library [...]

    6. El silencio del Sahara, temperaturas a más de 70º en el piso, costumbres ancestrales, la arena intrusa en cualquier rincón de tu cuerpo. Paul Bowles, a guisa de moderno Marco Polo, se tomó la molestia de sufrir en tierras lejanas, ajenas, agrestes todo lo que para un americano puede implicar dejar sus comodidades. Si pensamos que la aventura es un viaje en alta mar con todo y tormentas, internarse en la profunda selva a merced de su ritmo, o volar, consideremos como una gran opción el viaja [...]

    7. Somewhat reminiscent of The Road To Oxiana - these aristocratic types head off for North Africa and Asia with a refreshing lack of expectation that there are any bourgeois comforts to be had and tend to report on exactly what they see. It is only the passing mention that he is circumnavigating India with 18 (!) pieces of luggage that is a bit hard to envision.Currently halfway through and his notes on the process of collecting ethnomusicological recordings for the Library of Congress in the 1950 [...]

    8. Even if you aren't traveling in a Muslim (or non-Christian country), read these essays if you want a good view into the mind of an expat writer grappling with his Western understanding of the non-Western world. The pieces on Morocco are great, particularly "Africa Minor" and "The Rif, to Music". It's fascinating to watch Bowles veer from orientalist stereotyping to a profound desire to grasp and respect the culture of North Africa, particularly as he narrates his quest to record native music fro [...]

    9. Bowles believed that before the twentieth century the non-western world was pristine, and that it only recently began a regrettable slide into corruption and westernization. It's easy to see from our vantage point here in the present that he was being silly, but also easy, because he was writing in the midst of a worldwide revolution, to forgive him. This short collection of essays is passionate and adventurous, and has left me quite jealous.

    10. This book is incredible."For long hours I sat in the patio listening to the sounds of the city outside, sometimes hearing faint strains of music that I would have given anything really to hear, watching the square of deep-blue sky above my head slowly become a softer and lighter blue as twilight approached, waiting for the swallows that wheeled above the patio when the day was finally over and the muezzins began their calls to evening prayer, and merely existing in the hope that someone would co [...]

    11. Unlike Steinbeck, Bowles is probably not someone I would have wanted to know or travel with in real life. For one, he mentions eighteen suitcases at one point, and I'm like, seriously? Did I read that right? He writes like an intrepid traveler, but that one detail made me wonder if he was just another white imperialist type of traveler, which doesn't jibe with his writing at all. There is extremely poetic writing here, but the collection was too scattered for me to really enjoy as travel narrati [...]

    12. I enjoyed this a great deal more than his most well-known work, 'The Sheltering Sky'. 'Sheltering Sky' was extremely well-written and completely believable, but was also extremely depressing -- which I can only assume was Bowles' intention. This book, on the other hand, was about road trips, drugs and music -- and therefore a much more enjoyable read, in my view.Bowles' reputation is earned -- he writes with penetrating lucidity and most of what he writes is extremely interesting.

    13. Love, love, love this book! I somehow often had Paul Bowles books when I traveled to faraway places; they were always very desired for trades so I ended up passing most of mine on. However, I knew I wanted to revisit these engrossing essays that taught me so much. It had gone out of print when I looked, and I would browse bookstores for years until they actually, finally released it again! I have to hang on to it this time. I learned so much from this book and ate it right up.

    14. The most striking thing about Bowls's travel essays are the ways that he uses language. His sensibilities as a composer sing the mind into another land completely. Bowls was known for his daring travels, but approaches the lands with compassion and humor, as when he describes the pre-extremist Muslim chanters, whose law forbids music and so whose chants must not exceed a range of four notes. But he says, they reach every half note in between.

    15. This is a collection of nine travel essays on journeys to Central America, then Ceylon, India, Turkey, and Morocco, where the author lived for many years. His pieces on the Sahara and the Rif (the mountainous region of north Morocco) are especially good, since he spoke French and some Tamazight and had sympathy with the locals. Anybody that has read his credible novel The Sheltering Sky will know that Bowles keenly observes but leaves it up to the reader to draw conclusions.

    16. I enjoyed this collection of eight travel essays, ranging from Morocco to Sri Lanka, and full of unexpected observations about people which applied to more than the people about whom the author was writing. Having seen the film The Sheltering Sky, I knew I wanted to read something by this author, and now I feel I may wish to read all I can get my hands on.

    17. traveling is in the small details, the big freedom, the things that go wrong, the stumbling-onto of things. paul bowles writes about it well do you get the job of recording the tribal musics of morocco for the library of congress? what a joband his description of one's experience of the sahara is EPIC

    18. Bowles at his best - short travel essays through parts of the Moslem world in the 1950's. He documents well the bizarre and the wise, the outlandish characters he meets and the rapidly changing nature of the third world coming to grips with self-government, and the corrosive nature of western culture reaching these places for the first time. This is as good as travel-writing gets.

    19. been wanting to read more from bowles after finding this quote cited somewhere:"in a Western country, if a whole segment of the population desires, for reasons of protest, to isolate itself in a radical fashion from the society around it, the quickest and surest way is for it to replace alcohol with cannibus"

    20. Took this book of travel essays with me to Morocco and enjoyed seeing how much of what I was experiencing was reflected in those essays concerning Morocco. Paul Bowles had a better ability to experience discomfort than I did! All the essays are beautifully written and are not all set in Morocco, even though that was his home base for decades. Good stuff.

    21. A good one from Bowles: Morocco, Sri Lanka, Central America, Morocco again. Bowles i a fine traveler - patient with details, funny and insightful. To be enjoyed on a trip.

    22. Such a captivating read that I missed my tram stop twice in two days. Style and atmosphere only Paul Bowles can convey.

    23. "Then there is the sky, compared to which all other skies seem faint-hearted efforts"This book is great, Paul Bowles is an amazing writer.

    24. Bowles writes insightfully and beautifully but too soporifically to keep me turning pages. I bailed halfway through, but enjoyed all that I read.

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