Let it Come Down (2019)

Let it Come Down Paul Bowles Let it Come Down In Let It Come Down Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses Ric
  • Title: Let it Come Down
  • Author: Paul Bowles
  • ISBN: 9780061137396
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
Let it Come Down Paul Bowles In Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles s second novel is an alternately comic and hIn Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles s second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism.
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  1. Jeffrey Keeten

    With each day as it passed Dyar had been feeling a little further from the world it was inevitable that at some point he should make a voluntary effort to put himself back in the middle of it again To be able to believe fully in the reality of the circumstances in which a man finds himself, he must feel that they bear some relation, however distant, to other situations he has known Paul BowlesNelson Dyar is desperate to escape that wire cage he s been working in for the past few years When a cha [...]

  2. Warwick

    I read all of Bowles in a frenzy when I lived in Morocco, and I was 18 years old and it was the first time I d seen anything of the world and the first time I d fallen in love and all the other kinds of firsts that you have at that time in your life His books have stayed in my head like almost nothing else I read back then I only have to open them now and I smell thuya wood and the smoke from the snail sellers and I see the hotel room of a girl I haven t seen for real in nearly two decades And t [...]

  3. Agnieszka

    Nelson Dyar, young bank clerk thinks his life ran into the buffers Being rather unreflecting and submissive by nature awaits that real life will come to him itself His days pass on thoughtless and unsatisfying work so when gets an offer of a job from an old pal treats it as a godsend and opportunity to escape from his cage In sudden impulse he throws everything and set off to Morocco in search for luck and own identity.On the spot, contrary to all expectations, things don t change for the better [...]

  4. Mariel

    If only existence could be cut down to the pinpoint of here and now, with no echoes reverberating from the past, no tinglings of expectation from time not yet arrived A man inprismed in his waiting life to happen to him The standing on your feet in a cage day after day turning into a decade never happened He knew he couldn t get it back in a mind place that doesn t touch get up and live your life One day the sun didn t set on maybe tomorrow I ll do that thing that s going to change it all I know [...]

  5. metaphor

    Once after finishing Let It Come Down by Paul Bowles I have become aware that some people are doomed to self destruction and they rush there from their unhappiness and loneliness, from inability to adapt the surrounding reality, from consuming inside emptiness which tells them keep going from there There is no escape from this horror of existence a certain day, at a certain moment, the house would crumble and nothing would be left but dust and rubble, indistinguishable from the talus of gravel [...]

  6. Stephen Durrant

    Bowles novels are typically set in Morocco, where he lived for so many decades The setting is meticulously and convincingly portrayed, but this novel, like his famous The Sheltering Sky, is not so much about setting as it is about youthful ennui and the desire to experience another world that might jolt one into a authentic existence In Bowles novels that place is Morocco in the 40 s and 50 s, but it could be just as easily any number of foreign environments Almost all young people, I think, h [...]

  7. Duffy Pratt

    It s not clear to me whether Dyar goes to Tangiers to kill himself, or if he ends up killing himself because he went to Tangier Either way, he is aptly named, and his story is both creepy and surprisingly unengaging At times, I got the feeling we were looking at him like an insect on a pin That said, Bowles writing is lucid, musical, and often powerful I generally liked the characters, even with their indifference to all sorts of petty horrors And I did like Dyar s spiral towards doom, and his a [...]

  8. Juliana

    I know, I know strange to be recommending a book I read than 10 years ago is it possible , but this book made such an impression on me, it has stood the test of time I became fascinated with Paul Bowles in the early nineties, after someone loaned me a copy of The Sheltering Sky There is something of the haunting power of the Other that pervades EM Forster s A Passage to India in that novel, but with a existential outlook, unique to Bowles narratives.By the time I read Let It Come Down, I had a [...]

  9. Christopher Sutch

    This is a gripping novel about an American who is wholly ignorant of the culture he finds himself immersed in He was, however, also rather empty even back in America This is pretty standard territory for Bowles, but this novel seemed to me to be a particularly existentialist novel in philosophy, something I had not considered that Bowles might have subscribed to though, having just written that, it seems pretty obvious that he would have been it was THE philosophy of the times This is sort of a [...]

  10. Mark

    But have you ever seen the back of a twenty dollar bill on weed Half Baked is the only drug movie I ve ever been able to sit through All the rest seemed like they would be boring as hell Like watching paint dry Which, I guess if you were on weed might seem entertaining LICD starts well The characters are interesting, identifiable, the locale mystical, exotic There s a lady with money than she knows what to do with I liked her She spent most of her time giving lavish dinner parties, bored out of [...]

  11. Katja

    As summarized by many, book cover included, Let it come down is about a young man called Dyar coming to Morocco to find out about himself and gradually getting and into trouble A primary reason is that he mistakes his impulses for the true self and hopes to find his way by not thinking much about what he does The fourth and the last part of the novel, which is almost exclusively about Dyar and his situation aggravated further by Moroccan drugs, was not as absorbing as the preceding three, pre [...]

  12. Adam

    A grim noir that soon transforms into scorching existential journey through identity and reality Post war Tangiers with its trash markets, spies, battling governments, debauched party people, drugs, criminals, and the clash of Muslim and Christian culture, makes a stellar background for this chilling tale from Bowles.

  13. Margarida

    durrell est para alexandria como bowles est para t nger.s PB consegue retratar t o bem aquela cidade e as gentes, os estrangeiros, os rabes, os esquemas para ganhar dinheiro, as teias de rela es, um certo cansa o e aborrecimento que atinge o protagonista Dyar ennui, como li num coment rio.

  14. Nancy

    Likely the most pathetic character ever evolved in a story Nelson Dyar, a milque toast my life is a big zero, heads to Tangier to the post war International Zone to seek a new start Meeting with Bowles colorful characters this author has a distinct style , he slowly begins to sink into the morass Aimlessness and the effects of potent majoun hash lead to a surprising ending Second Paul Bowles book I ve read and similar in its GREAT character sketches Dark, seamy characters who meet with their dar [...]

  15. Robin Friedman

    Paul Bowles 1910 1999 was an American loner and outsider Bowles had a successful career as a composer in New York City, but in mid life he changed to literature and moved to Tangier After rereading Bowles first and most famous novel, The Sheltering Sky , I turned to Bowles second novel, Let it Come Down 1952 Let it Come Down is set in post WW II Tangier, in the waning days when it constituted an international zone During this time, Tangier was essentially lawless It was a haven for expatriates w [...]

  16. Eric Franklin

    Let it Come Down is the story of Nelson Dyar, a young man of no crowning achievements, nor direction, save to find some way to live As a result of his dissatisfaction with a bank teller job, he flees America for a loosely described job opportunity in Tangier Ultimately, he becomes a blank canvas for the wills of a number of amoral expatriots and locals there, falling into a number of awkward social and legal predicaments in a very short time and ultimately expressing his unhinged desires through [...]

  17. Elaine

    I ve never read Bowles before, but picked it up at a thrift store because it was cheap and I have an interest in early to mid century Morocco The story kept me going I didn t think the prose was extremely beautiful The rambling existential hashish clouds were a bit too much However, I felt the book was still entertaining, and it made me think about what it means to be alive and dead What it is to feel something, and want something enough to build your own destiny vs just bumbling through with no [...]

  18. Michael

    I got a little nervous when Bowles abandoned the panoramic intrigue of Tangier s ex pat and indigenous schemers especially lesbian Eunice Goode and call girl Hadija for Dyar s existential excursion past the limits of victimization and virtue, but found Bowles up to the challenge, especially, to my mind, the best descriptions of drug induced paranoia and introspection anywhere But even at the end of the night there would still be an ember of time left, of a subtle, bitter flavor, soft to the touc [...]

  19. Corinna Bechko

    This was my second reading the first having occurred well over a decade ago and if anything it seemed even nihilistic than the last time The exotic locale, the feeling of dislocation, the ultimate unmooring of even the most basic shreds of humanity for the main character, all of it is rendered with clarity, precision, and even a bit of comedy which together make the ending even horrific.

  20. Michael

    At the start of this novel I thought I was really going to enjoy the book, but I didn t As the story evolved about a rather hopeless American guy who ends up in Tangier, I found the plot and the characters so unbelievable that I nearly didn t finish reading it I did persevere only to confirm my total disappointment with this book.

  21. Hannah Garden

    Banquo It wil be Rayne to Night.1st Murderer Let it come downe They set upon Banquo Which is exactly how creepy and awesome this whole book is.

  22. Andrew Austin

    Excellent I loved Sheltering Sky, so I bought a couple of his other books Riveting, his prose reminds me of Christopher Isherwood in its poeticism yet plain spokeness.

  23. Julia Golubeva

    At first glance, the novel unfolds slowly, but little by little a spring is twists Besides it was interesting to immerse in the Moroccan culture I will read the author .

  24. Alex Van Beek

    I should have liked this book than I did Just like the main character, I m an American who moved to Morocco to escape from the ennui of office work And for the first three sections of the book, there is a lot to like Auster s writing, which is lucid, direct, and thought provoking wonderful descriptions of Morocco and it s people and a great cast of characters The plot is incidental, sure, but that s okay when everything else excels The problem is that plot becomes the main focus for the fourth [...]

  25. PauloMartins

    I don t really have much to say about the book One of those books that you recognise as well written full of insight and knowledge about the life and characters of the place it depicts with an interesting little story about an american who fell to Tangiers in spite of himself And yet, I struggled to get to the end of it, nothing in it was really exciting As if the spleen of the writer has spread through the text and has gotten into me The cynicism, the dispair, the constant plotting and, let s f [...]

  26. Marc Tiefenthal

    In Nederlandse vertaling gelezen Hier daar dus een foutje in de tekst Voor de rest leest dit boek behoorlijk vlot, tenzij op het einde Daar voel je dat de schrijver zijn plot wel had bedacht en er alles voor over had om het er vlot in te krijgen, terwijl dat niet helemaal lukt Ik vind dat precies aardig , omdat wat er in dat plot gebeurt, helemaal niet vlot te krijgen is Kortom, een boek dat ik zou willen aanraden Het is wel getekend door de kwellingen van de toenmalige tijdgeest, waar wij nu ni [...]

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