You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles

You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul BowlesEbook You Are Not I A Portrait Of Paul Bowles Author Millicent Dillon The Famously Enigmatic Writer Composer Paul Bowles Is The Subject Of Millicent Dillon S Unforgettable New Book Her Portrait Of The Chameleonlike Artist Is Much Than An Account Of Bowles S Life, However It Is Also A Meditation On Biography That Questions The Biographer S Role, The Subject S Credibility, And The Very Nature Of Truth In The Telling Of A Life.Millicent Dillon First Met Paul Bowles In Tangier In 1977, When She Was Writing A Biography Of His Wife, The Author Jane Bowles, Who Died In 1973 Dillon Returned To Morocco In 1992 To Work With Bowles On A Book About His Own Life In Bowles S Book Lined Apartment Often Crowded With Visitors, Dillon Observes The Magnetism The Aging Artist Exerts On Anyone Who Comes Into His Circle Bowles Talks Of His Difficult Childhood And Of His Grief Over Jane S Long Illness, Of Exile, Dreams, And Madness He Is Charming And Evasive With Dillon, Generous And Devious As The Book Unfolds, Dillon S Own Reflections And Concerns Surface Alongside Details Of Bowles S Daily Life, His Physical Condition, His Interactions With Others Her Portrait Of The Artist Is Seen Simultaneously With Her Construction Of That Portrait, And In A Kind Of Literary Legerdemain We Are Able To Observe Dillon On The Biographical Canvas Along With Bowles And His Deceased Wife.Author Of The International Bestseller The Sheltering Sky And Numerous Other Works, As Well As An Acclaimed Composer, Paul Bowles Has Had An Immensely Rich Creative Life Millicent Dillon Seems To Have Been Destined To Write This Unconventional Biography Of The Artist, And The Result Is Wonderful, Disturbing, And Strangely Compelling, Like Paul Bowles Himself. Paul Bowles is an intriguing character, detached and severe in his prose, precise and psychologically displacing His stories and longer works, Sheltering Sky, Let it Come Down, and Spider s House have been unfairly treated as autobiographical Dillon s book suggests that from an early age, Bowles lived in his imagination, and though much of his work was reflecting his personal life, its narrative qualities are clearly different Bowles imaginative literature is re activated in the drama of reading His work is serious and his lack of value judgement in what seem the inevitable process of a character s role makes are relatable to Camus The Stranger like most of Paul s stories, set in French North Africa or Capote s In Cold Blood Dillon s biography is a personal account of her interactions with Bowles, over the course of decades in correspondence, dealing with her first work with her first subject of obsession every good biographer is a bit obsessive and penetrating in writing a biography on Jane, his wife Her first encounters with him are mostly relating to the process of communicating his thoughts and history on Jane, a relatively obscure writer at the time They are, however, powerfully instruc
I had brought Paul pages copied from a notebook of Jane s that he had never seen It was an undated fragment, a scene of a husband and a wife sitting at an iron table outside a hotel in North Africa From the context it had obviously been written in the late 1940s, after Jane came to Morocco It was a record of a conversation different from any other that Jane had ever written, as if directly, nakedly transcribed from life in its delineation of a husband who wants to go further in the desert and of a wife who is afraid to go but feels she must I read Paul the beginning of the fragment, in which the woman says, I don t want to feel like we ve fallen out of our lives Obviously startled, he said that he used something very close to this in The Sheltering Sky He got up and brought back a copy of the novel and pointed out the page where Port says to Kit, I think we re both afraid of the same thing And for the same reason We ve never managed, either one of us, to get all the way into life We re hanging on to the outside for all we re worth, convinced we re going to fall off And then, as if it were necessary to deny too close a similarity, he pointed out that the two conceptions were not the same His, he said, was about falling off of the
I like the idea of this book It s an autobiographical account of this woman s interactions with Paul Bowles first as she interviews him as part of her research for a biography she is writing on Jane Bowles, and then as she decides to come back and write this book, about him It s like a biographical sandwich with autobiographical filling in the middle It s supposed to address the strange kind of relationships that occur between biographers and their subjects and the status of the biographer as her own sort of player in the story I have a lot of sympathy for the guts it takes to do a project like this, straddling the boundary between memoir and biography, but I of

[ BOOKS ] ⚣ You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles Author Millicent Dillon –
  • Paperback
  • 354 pages
  • You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles
  • Millicent Dillon
  • English
  • 12 November 2017
  • 9780520224933