Bowles’ dismal view of both human nature and human prospects imbues each of the seventeen short stories in The Delicate Prey. There is no relief or escape from this gloomy attitude. And yet a writer like myself literally feeds off this work.
Choukri combines his forthright, unrepentant and keen observational talents with privileged first and second-hand access to three literary legends, all of whom responded to his curiosity and his questioning with sometimes welcome and revealing candor. And practically everything Choukri has to say about these writers—as well as himself—is worth noting.