Street of the Seven Angels
Cloth, 192 pages
0n the Street of the Seven Angels in Paris, we find a gathering of humanity's finest and most frivolous. The Paris bookseller, Char1es Edmund Dantes Durand; the liberal-minded, generous monks of a poor Dominican monastery; Madame Culuhac, the personally abstemious owner of the local whorehouse; the Mademoiselle Mailleferre, whose Religious Arts Shop is the headquarters for the newly formed Société forthe Preservation of Christian Morality Against Contemporary Indecency; and a host of other finely delineated characters and caricatures.
The Société stations a catty collection of spinsters and housewives to spy on their neighbors, resulting in an hilarious citizen's arrest and a revealing censorship trial that intrigues all of Paris. As Jonathan Kozol writes of this novel, "the literary magic here is in the vivid details. I felt I was back in Paris once again after so many years, and followed the delicious story of Durand (a wonderful creation!) as if I were walking with him through the city."
Studs Terkel says of the author: "John Howard Griffin was one of the most remarkable people I have ever encountered. He was just one of those guys that comes along once or twice in a century -- and lifts the hearts of the rest of us."
Utterly engrossing. . . . How wonderful to have this work in print at last!
— Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities and Ordinary Resurrections
Crafted with a Mozartean balance of phrase and response, this new novel alternates jubilant and somber scenes as Griffin explores French censorship with great artistry and humor. A real page-turner.
— Brother Patrick Hart, OCSO, general editor of The Thomas Merton Journals, and review editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly
John Howard Griffin lives again in The Street of Seven Angels, a wise and witty tale of the battle between morality and immortality where morality seems more than good, immorality seems less than evil, and human beings are imperfect bumblers trying to feel good about themselves. Regrettably, is it Griffin's last book, but his insight into human nature and God's laws lives on.
— Robert Flynn, author of North to Yesterday, Wanderer Springs, and Growing Up a Sullen Baptist and Other Lies et al.
A previously unpublished novel by Texas master and internationally acclaimed author John Howard Griffin, the author of Black Like Me, The Devil Rides Outside, Follow the Ecstasy, and other works. Street of the Seven Angels is set in France and focuses on issues of censorship.
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