Re: Sheltering Sky
- This seems like another existential novel to me.
I saw the relationships Bowles described as
secondary to another premise: the inherent loneliness,
alienation and misunderstanding implicit in the human
condition. I take "the sheltering sky" to represent a broad
spectrum of those devices which humans employ as
self-preservations against the full brunt of these conditions.
<br><br>Bowles might say: we imagine goodnes and coherence, but
how real is it? What does it take for the illusion to
crumble? After all, the sky is not really there as a real
thing -- its an illusory barrier created by sensory
perception (unless you want to call the atmosphere a shelter
against the emptiness of space). In the same way, our
social consensus, our laws, customs and expectations of
civility and reasonableness are abstract -- they may
dissolve quickly like gases, given apocalyptic or
persistently unfamiliar conditions, such as Kit, Port and the
others faced (but especially Kit and Port). What's
behind the sheltering sky? Nothing. Meaninglessness.
That's the problem.<br><br>-Kirk
There's a long list of links that appears at the left of the screen
starting with "Home" and continuing until it gets down to "Calendar"
which is the second to last entry in the list.
I'm new here too but as I understand it there is an entry for the
Alexandria Quartet in March (and no entry so far for April) because
the group is going to be reading all four books of the series which
will take a while.
--- In modernlibrary100greatestbooks@y..., "missemilyophelia"
> Is there a current discussion calendar that someone can send tome?
> I poked around the website for a bit, and couldn't find one.