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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 8, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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 na´vetÚ 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

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Some good writing as always with Edmund White's books. The story though did not do much for me. I know that it was a style and story he was trying things out with as it is one of his early books, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Monty Milne - Goodreads

A crashing disappointment. It just doesn't work, on any level, and the sex is just....yuk. Read full review


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Edmund White is the author of the novels Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and The Married Man; a biography of Jean Genet; a study of Marcel Proust; and, most recently, a memoir, My Lives. Having lived in Paris for many years, he has now settled in New York, and he teaches at Princeton University.

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