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Midnight Mass and Other Stories ❴Epub❵ ➞ Midnight Mass and Other Stories Author Paul Bowles – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Thirteen stories written in the five years between 1976 and 1981, Midnight Mass picks up where Bowles Collected Stories left off, and includes the wonderful novella length Here to Learn , concerning a Thirteen stories written in the five and Other Epub Û years between and , Midnight Mass picks up where Bowles Midnight Mass eBook ã Collected Stories left off, and includes the wonderful novella length Here to Learn , concerning a young Moroccan Mass and Other Epub á woman adopted by various affluent Europeans.

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  1. Samir Rawas Sarayji Samir Rawas Sarayji says:

    Midnight Mass is a wonderfully refreshing collections of short stories Of the twelve stories, ten are set in Morocco, where Bowles settled and lived for 52 years The stories reflect on the culture, characteristics, and beliefs of the people They show, through clear and concise narrative, the juxtaposition of old thinking against the new This is most prominent in medicine, where the older generation or the uneducated succumb to ancient remedies based mainly on religious dogma rather than on modern medicine A few stories exhibit this theme Habiba was unperturbed She knew he considered the pills and injections of the Nazarenes superior to the baraka of the saints This had nothing to do with her, she decided she was not going to be influenced by him.What is particularly catching in The Empty Amulet is that Habiba s husband, Moumen, is a practicing student of medicine, but because of her lack of education thanks to her father , she holds on to the traditional methods of healings from religious figures What Bowles has done is to offer two extreme polarities in one couple and prove the weakness of the old method versus the new, without explicitly passing judgment Suffice it to say, Moumen offer her an amulet said to contain baraka, religious blessings from a fqih, and her symptoms and pains subside Habiba lives happily and gives birth to a healthy child, until one day she accidentally steps on the amulet and discovers it contains blank papers The irony of the placebo effect is not lost here Naturally, her symptoms return.In the longest of these stories Here to Learn we journey with fifteen year old Malika who runs away from home, hurt by her mother s harshness, and we witness a modest, innocent child become a woman traveling the world in the company of western men In this modern fairy tale cum fable, the effects of money and revelry consume the illiterate and poor Malika, who wants to prove her worth to her mother But her decency and redeeming quality remain in her desire to become literate By the by when she eventually returns back home to Tangier, she is faced with tragedy The prose is engaging and vivid, and the absurd pace and wildness of the adventure from one locale to another reminded me several times of Voltaire s Candide When after two months F T saw that Malika was, if anything, even serious and determined about pursuing her practical education, he suggested that the lessons continue at the hotel Now it was Miss Galper whom Salvador drove to and from Beverly Hills Occasionally they went shopping small expeditions to Westwood that delighted Malika because for the first time she was aware of prices, and could gauge the buying power of her money.Perhaps most poignant in some of the stories is the presence of otherness, all those expats or visitors in comparison to the natives and their customs These stark differences in culture help ground us in what is unique and special about what we are witnessing, they also remind us of how easy it is to feel above others through status or ego yet for all the simplicity of the natives, they have survived and flourished in their land before the foreigners arrived with their ideas, monies, and dogmas An experience much of the world has known at the expense of a few colonizing powers But it is hard to not judge, to not criticize, or to not look down on another, at least so in the 60s.It was not his fault that he had lost his job, Abdelkarim explained to his friends For than a year and a half he had worked at Patricia s, and they always had got on smoothly This is not to say that she did not find fault with him but Nazarenes always criticize the work Moslems do for them, and he was used to that Although at such moments she looked at him as though he were a small child, her objections came out in a gentler voice than most Nazarenes use.In The Dismissal Abdelkarim is forced to go into hiding after accidentally witnessing a crime on his specially requested free day from work He runs away but then looks back and recognizes one of the criminals, and he is recognized in return So, to spare himself and possibly his employers, he leaves the job without notice and goes into hiding for two months, until he finally hears that the criminals were captured on that same day Knowing he is safe, he returns to Tangier and straight to Patricia s house, only to be told by the maid Patricia would not see him, adding The old one and the young one, they both say they ll never forgive you These later stories of Bowles that come after his compiled Collected Works are a testament to a writer who has adopted another country as his home and immersed himself to observing it and sharing it with others There is no judgment by him, only admiration and fascination that comes across in his writings, helping us understand that differences or otherness is just as important as us ness.

  2. M.T. Karthik M.T. Karthik says:

    I believed I had read all the fiction Paul Bowles ever published in these 18 years since his death The discovery last week of the short story collection Midnight Mass, with the familiar Black Sparrow paperback binding earthy tan with green, purple block print was thus an emotional experience.Immediately I was flooded by memories and thoughts of the man I considered my favorite author from the time I discovered him in 87, the summer I got my first tattoo, until his death at the end of the last century.Instantly, too, in that powerful way that great literature connects us with the world we are in, I remembered myself experiencing his works where I was, the effect it had upon me The empowerment and awe I felt after finishing one of his short stories or novels blown away.Paul Bowles was a huge influence on me as a writer and thinker He was one of the most powerful allies in my struggle with immigration to the United States and in philosophical discourse in Europe That he wrote from the subconscious as described by his wife, Jane, was the most romantic and amazing concept to me when I was young and I longed to be able to do that not to understand it, but to do it.The utter irrationality of the Western project, the neoliberal insanity we have all endured so long, was exposed by Bowles and then swiftly and violently shattered by the reality of life among the desert people of North Africa In other works, a slow and seemingly disconnected series of events between locals in a village would be described with such lucidity and simplicity that the differences in thinking between east and west were made suddenly crystalline in the end hits you like a koan.The collision of culture was total and instead of Coca Cola and the Golden Arches mowing down the village, the puny, minuscule westerners melted away in the heat of the Saharan sun, driven mad.Midnight Mass is the last collection of Bowles short stories published by Black Sparrow and features at its center the elegant, drifting, rootless novella Here To Learn, a gorgeous story about a girl from North Africa who just keeps moving buoyed by her beauty, her wit and her ability to learn quickly how to negotiate the West.The collection starts with the titular story, Midnight Mass, one of Bowles incredible parties the Nazarenes careening around in their expatriated stupor of drinking, carousing and complaining, the locals bursting with romance only to become suddenly something else the change of face.There are stories about the locals and their fantastic, sometimes circuitous logic and its culmination in a kind of basic justice There are tales about the utter undoing of our perception of a shared understanding of this world.At the Krungthep Plaza is an amazing story set as the U.S President is due to pass through a certain North African village The machinations behind the scenes and the conflicts between locals, expats and the security teams are expertly related, culminating in a wild effusion of emotions that I can only described as angst against the way things are now.It s all just so great I miss Paul Bowles sigh

  3. Meghan Fidler Meghan Fidler says:

    This is my first encounter with Mr Bowles This collection of short stories was interesting because the author lived in Tangier, Morocco for many years but that s about all that makes the book I didn t find any brilliance in the descriptions or the construction, and so became slightly disinterested with the narratives Of the collected stories, my favorite was the first Entitled Midnight Mass , the narrative revolved around an adult visiting his childhood home during Christmas.

  4. Will Will says:

    In this latest and last collection of his short works, Bowles remains a master of prose and intimate of North African culture What his earlier stories had, however, and which these sadly lack is a sense of immediacy and discomfort The characters in Midnight Mass are almost always in their own element, as it were, and seem rarely at the mercy of their adoptive cultural landscape Thus, the sense of danger is erased, along with much of the tension.Not only are these stories bland, then, but also heavily post colonial in their treatment of native habits I never thought I d see Bowles actually do this, based on what I d read before, all of which had been written long before this collection In these stories, ex pats don t often find themselves so much at the life or death mercy of their environs as they do at the point of mere, harmless confusion.In short, the stakes just aren t as high, and the pages don t turn as quickly The prose is masterful, but in the way that his characters seem to reminisce a far flung frontier from an earlier and wilder time, Bowles himself seems to reminisce here the fact that he s not putting them there any.

  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Refreshingly unAmerican.

  6. João João says:

    Pequenos contos sobre epis dios, quase todo sobre a vida de ocidentais em Marrocos, quase todos muito interessantes e curiosos, e com t o fino sentido de observa o que parecem cenas vividas pelo pr prio Bowles.

  7. trivialchemy trivialchemy says:

    Unfortunately, Bowles has less of a mastery over the short story as he does over the novel His stories feel emulative of really great short stories such as Hemingway s terse masterpieces , without actually being great By that I mean they seem to have all the right characteristics the same self assured cadence, the same immediacy of character, the same revelatory but incomplete resolutions but somehow fail to be especially interesting or, to the point, emotionally engaging.

  8. metaphor metaphor says:

    Hell is only for people who haven t suffered enough here She shut her eyes and sat quietly, feeling that she had gone much too far away so far that now she was nowhere Outside the world, she whispered to herself in Arabic, and shivered now she saw herself as someone shipwrecked on an unknown shore peopled by creatures whose intentions were unfathomable And no one could come to rescue her, for no one knew she was there All you can do is accept what has happened

  9. Manish Manish says:

    Good But could definitely have been better After the experience of reading Bowles The Sheltering Sky , this collection of short stories failed to match up to the initial expectation Set primarily in northern Africa, these stories just scratch the surface of the characters without doing much justice to the possibilities of making out of them.

  10. Christa Christa says:

    Not a huge fan of his stuff They re interesting mood pieces and give a nice account of life abroad, but this collection felt a little weak to me Didn t really connect with a lot of what was going on Well written, if a bit like Camus in translation.

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