A Chant of Paradise
About the Book
It is 1970, and Angel is a desperado who despises rules and authority above all else, with the possible exception of cruelty towards women. While inhabiting a world attempting to recover from student riots, Angel—who is exhausted by the sheer volume and rancor of political discourse—decides to turn to his two favorite things: literature and women.
As Angel chases love on the campus of Dartmouth, he finds that the most astounding movement of the sixties was not civil rights or antiwar clamor, but instead, it is the liberation of women. While attempting to merge his passions into a single orb, Angel—who has somehow become a cross between an accidental playboy and literary nerd—sometimes succeeds gloriously. Other times, not so much. As he moves from bedroom to classroom and classroom to bedroom, Angel smokes weed with the hope of gaining clarity. But as time goes on, Angel cannot help but wonder if he will ever be able to view the world from a woman’s perspective or whether he will go down in flames as a fortuitous playboy who never determined the difference between lust and love.
Angel blends sex, drugs, comedy, and literary influences into a wild brew as a Dartmouth student embarks on a journey of self-discovery during 1970s America.
About the Author
R.E. Braithwaite has been a teacher, lecturer, and provocateur his whole life. His novels evolved naturally from his close connection to young students and his propensity to tell stories in his classrooms. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, did his post-graduate work at the University of Florida (working with Harry Crews, maniac extraordinaire), and has directed over a hundred plays.