the slowest moving book in history
, they say, and perhaps indeed. under some blazing Arabian sun, the action seems to take longer to read than it would actually play out in real time, although, okay, fine that's a small exaggeration.
Bowles' work is classic. under the blazing hot Arabian sun, a handful of expats slowly lose themselves. he captures the experience of third world travel, so to speak, and his mental map of what the characters are thinking contributes to a picture of western decline and decadence. how many genuinly believably decadent characters are there? ...
although not unbelievably moving, does deserve its spot in the modern library 20th century 100 novels, a solid performance that creates a memorable work.