Davenport writes in what might be called a cubist style. A typical story may be divided into dozens of fragments: snatches of philosophical banter; dense but lyrical lectures on botany and geology; erotic interludes in which young boys are forever ``husking down'' their underwear to ``whack off.'' This latter obsession obscures Davenport's very real talent for aesthetic and intellectual fantasy. Consequently, the most beguiling item here, in which Davenport eschews his more tiresome habits, is ``Pyrrhon of Elis,'' about a Greek philosopher profoundly skeptical of the ``fine round world of people and things.'' For sophisticated readers. Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id.
"He dams progress and upholds the ethics of eternal return with a passion reminiscent of Borgas and Bio-Casares....Exotic, erotic, outrageous." -- Los Angeles Times
"Davenport reaches back in time and the cross cultures with the ease of an angler whose every languorous catch is a catch." -- New York Times
"Fine writing and fresh perceptions are the mutually shared joys of Guy Davenport's fiction. Reading it is a life experience." -- Washington Post Book World