I read “The Sheltering Sky” by Paul Bowles a long time ago. I must read it again – but as a traveler (and not a tourist) of the world, what stuck in my mind was the following sentence:

“[A]nother important difference between tourist and traveler is that the former accepts his own civilization without question; not so the traveler, who compares it with the others, and rejects those elements he finds not to his liking.”

This is a great novel of adventure written by a great writer. Bowles will fascinate you with a startling account of an amazing adventure against the backdrop of the Sahara and the Arab-populated regions of the African Continent. Bowles knew this area very well, he lived in Tangier for decades – and traveled widely throughout.

After reading this book, I knew one day I would travel to Tangier and other parts of Morocco. And I did.

Have you read this book?

What books have inspired you to travel? Would love to hear about it.

PS: The famous Italian director, Bernardo Bertolucci, brought this book to life in his film by the same name. It’s good – If you don’t read the book, you may at least watch the amazing scenery… but I can guarantee you reading the book is a more fulfilling experience.