Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 4(5), pp. 336 - 340
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040504
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Travel and Desert Landscape in The Sheltering Sky

Ya-Ju Yeh *
Department of English, Aletheia University, Taiwan


Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky (1949) narrates the story of Port Moresby and his wife Kit, a married couple originally from New York who travel to the North African desert accompanied by their friend Tunner. Parting from a highly American commercial civilization, the Moresbys' journey, initially an attempt to resolve their marital difficulties is later made fraught by the travelers' ignorance of dangers that surround them. The desert is a real and imaginary geographical place which takes part in the process of identity of its pursuers. The desert in this novel can be realized as either the actual desert or the inner desert of human psyche. The indeterminate, expansive environment of the desert testifies the Moresby's love and bound to each other. The desert thus gives scopes not only to the impressive solitary landscape for travellers, but also to the deepest desire hidden in human's psyche.

Travel, Desert, Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

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[1] Ya-Ju Yeh , "Travel and Desert Landscape in The Sheltering Sky," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 4, No. 5, pp. 336 - 340, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040504.

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Ya-Ju Yeh (2016). Travel and Desert Landscape in The Sheltering Sky. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 4(5), 336 - 340. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040504.