It’s been a number of years since I read this book and I admit I do not remember plot specifics. What I do remember is it was rich literature. I remember pausing every other page or so, stunned at the way Paul Bowles writes. Not quite a cheerful, light-hearted read but so very gratifying. I was feeling disillusioned about contemporary fiction and this book was like a big, fat reassurance that it can be rad and awesome. “The Sheltering Sky” rules.
Americans eat more bananas than apples & oranges combined, and in some cultures, it acts as a primary food source; yet not much is known about this baffling fruit. Even more mysterious is whether it will survive. Koeppel takes readers into an oftentimes tragic and hilarious banana sub-culture (yes, one does exist) of this seedless fruit, combining science, pop culture and business into a fascinating expos