The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

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The story centers on Port and Kit Moresby, a married couple originally from New York who travel to the North African desert accompanied by their friend Tunner. The journey, initially an attempt by Port and Kit to resolve their marital difficulties, is quickly made fraught by the travelers' ignorance of the dangers that surround them.

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The 719th greatest fiction book of all time

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  2. - 83rd on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  3. - 97th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  4. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  5. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at

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