Up Above the World
Dr Slade and his wife are on holiday in Latin America when they meet Grove and his mistress. An apparently chance encounter, it opens the door to a nightmare as the Slades are lured on a trip where the only guides are fantasy, hallucination and death.
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 the tension and horror of rising viciousness.