Carnival of Angels is a novel about the human condition, about
love, about the old dichotomy between the body and the soul. It is
an exciting narrative with metaphysical overtones and an intricate
fabric of symbols. It is a story of Mario, more the old Hamlet than
the new angry young man.
In his last year at the University on Morningside Heights Mario
rebels against the gray academic surroundings, the conformity and
sterile intellectuality. He descends to the lower world, to Harlem,
in a symbolic journey of discovery. In this hot, squalid,
dangerous, yet exciting atmosphere he moves back to the beginnings
of man, back to the fundamental terrors and desires.
In this shadow world he meets Pearl, an exotic and tragic girl
to whom he is mysteriously attracted. Inevitably he confronts her
violent, half-insane lover. Here also he meets the archetype of all
motherhood, a black woman called Mama. His sojourn in this
dreamlike world leads not only to disaster and violence, but also
to a revelation and triumph, and eventually he emerges into the
light once more.
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