Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Up Above the World
Paul Bowles


A chance encounter while holidaying in Central America leads an American couple, the Slades, to befriend the charming, handsome Grove Soto and his young Cuban mistress. But as the Slades’ trip becomes prolonged and they grow increasingly dependent on their new acquaintances, an undercurrent of cruelty begins to disturb the comfort and niceties to which they are accustomed. Up Above the World shows Paul Bowles to be a master of atmosphere and plotting, as the tension and horror of Soto’s viciousness increases.

Paperback, 240pp
Penguin Books, 2009 (1966)
ISBN 9780141191386