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Caracole
     

Caracole

by Edmund White
 

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In French caracole means "prancing"; in English, "caper." Both words perfectly describe this high-spirited erotic adventure. In Caracole, White invents an entire world where country gentry languish in decaying mansions and foppish intellectuals exchange lovers and gossip in an occupied city that resembles both Paris under the Nazis and 1980s New York.

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In French caracole means "prancing"; in English, "caper." Both words perfectly describe this high-spirited erotic adventure. In Caracole, White invents an entire world where country gentry languish in decaying mansions and foppish intellectuals exchange lovers and gossip in an occupied city that resembles both Paris under the Nazis and 1980s New York. To that city comes Gabriel, an awkward boy from the provinces whose social naïveté and sexual ardor make him endlessly attractive to a variety of patrons and paramours.

"A seduction through language, a masque without masks, Caracole brings back to startling life a dormant strain in serious American writing: the idea of the romantic."—Cynthia Ozick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679764168
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
1st Vintage International ed
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Cynthia Ozick
To look in the narrowest way at Edmund White's accomplishment in Caracole -- to look only at what a single English sentence can in Edmund White's hands, become -- is to stand entranced before sensuous grace: the perfectly placed weight of an unerring football. And at the same time there is no moment in the pulse of this prose that is without its burst of surprise. A seduction through language, a masque without masks, Caracole brings back to startling life a dormant strain in serious American writing: the idea of the romantic.

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