A Time of Angels is one for the dreamers, the ones with an exquisite palate, who feel the taste of their food before touching it. It’s for the ones who know magic happens, that pain exists but love wins. And it’s for the ones who know that love might come in disguise, a shadow of the self wearing intricately stitched finery.
Patricia Schonstein’s lavish little volume insisted that I continue to read until it was nothing more than a clock ticking the years gently and inexorably by. The characters are beautifully drawn and of such intense colour that you simply have to follow them. This is a story of love becoming pain and transmuting through the generations to become love again. Set in Cape Town it joyfully follows the lives of a baker and delicatessen owner, his best friend the psychic and their beautiful woman friend. Through them we are tossed into the very fabric of creation to jostle with ideas significant enough to challenge the majority.
This book is a lovely work, well-paced, interesting, and downright beautiful. Highly recommended.