Books: Epic of the Body

THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS OF JEAN MACAQUE by Sfuarf Cloete. 236 pages, Trident. $4.95.

This droll and sparkling book by Stuart Cloete (rhymes with snooty) adds considerable refinements to the lore of love, all the more surprising since Cloete, who has spent most of his life in South Africa, is noted for mammoth epics of wilderness treks and colonial wars. Somehow, while exploring the heart of darkness, he became interested in illuminating as well the hidden heart of womankind.

Written with Gallic asperity, the novel is composed of a series of bittersweet, Boccaccio-like fables celebrating unambiguously the joys of heterosexual...

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