By Edmund White
In French caracole skill "prancing"; in English, "caper." either phrases completely describe this high-spirited erotic experience. In Caracole, White invents a whole international the place state gentry languish in decaying mansions and foppish intellectuals alternate fanatics and gossip in an occupied urban that resembles either Paris lower than the Nazis and Eighties ny. To that urban comes Gabriel, a clumsy boy from the provinces whose social naïveté and sexual ardor make him forever beautiful to numerous buyers and paramours.
"A seduction via language, a masque with out mask, Caracole brings again to startling lifestyles a dormant pressure in critical American writing: the assumption of the romantic."--Cynthia Ozick
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Caracole by Edmund White