Caracol Beach

por Eliseo Alberto

Club del libro

Caracol Beach – por Eliseo Alberto

Eliseo Alberto’s award-winning Caracol Beach combines the passionate imagination of magic realism with the plotting of a thriller (and a modicum of farce). The result is a literary tour de force.

Beto Milanes, the night watchman at a graveyard in the Florida resort town of Caracol Beach, is a guilt-ridden Cuban war veteran. Tormented by memories and hallucinations, he yearns to die but is unable to take his own life. Instead, he decides to force someone-anyone-to kill him. That decision sets in motion a night of violence that draws an odd assortment of characters into Beto’s orbit. In scenes that range from the jungles of Angola to a seedy Florida bar, Alberto explores war, madness, exile, and the redemptive power of love.” – Amazon

Looking for a good way to improve your Spanish fluency?.. Come join our small groups in the reading of this novel, by this Cuban-born, Mexican author Eliseo Alberto as he tells the story of love, war and passion through pivotal characters in a small Florida town.

  • Tuesdays: 10:30-11:45a (Apr 22 – Jun 10)
  • Thursdays: 5:30-6:45p (Apr 24 – Jun 12)

In 8 class meetings we will practice our Spanish through the discussion of the week’s reading.

Books available through Colors of Spanish in Petaluma or online. Enrollment can be completed through our Enroll Now! form. Follow up instructions on language requirements and submitting payment will be provided in a follow-up email.

introduction to Caracol Beach

A lifetime of activity is crammed into one June night in 1994 in exiled Cuban writer Alberto’s hallucinogenic second novel…set around the small Florida resort community of Caracol Beach.

[Alberto’s] cultural allusions…plus the manic video-montage pace of the tale, make this compelling, touching and sweetly whimsical novel wholly his own, a triumph of storytelling.” Publisher’s Weekly

“A crazed Cuban veteran, unable to commit suicide, goes in search of someone to do the deed for him. Original and rich in character development, precise and musical in its language, Caracol Beach is a novel readers cannot put down. Contains all the elements of a Greek tragedy with rock ‘n’ roll rhythm. This exceptional novel is not only an indictment of war but also an accurate rendering of human traits: frailty, dignity, love, and the right to love.” Powell’s Books

Eliseo Alberto is a Cuban-born Mexican writer, novelist, essayist and journalist. His novels often touch on the themes of Christian morality, including punishment, redemption, and forgiveness. He was awarded the Premio Alfaguara de Novela literary prize for Caracol Beach in 1998. Wikipedia

To learn more visit his Wikipedia page.