The Wine of Astonishment

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Heinemann, 1986 - Fiction - 146 pages
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A powerful and moving chronicle of the different ways in which members of a small Trinidadian community, Bonasse, hold on to their identity as they find themselves caught up in change and corruption. Bolo is a champion stick fighter, tall, good looking, and the fastest, strongest, and bravest of al the young men in Bonasse. When time and time again he sees his people humiliated by American troops, his instincts as a leader prevail. But the stand he makes takes on bizarre and tragic forms. Introduction by Marjorie Thorpe.

  

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User Review  - bookmuse56 - LibraryThing

My thoughts: • I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed this book. It has been some time since I read a “Caribbean Classic” and I wondered how I missed this book as during the 80s and early ... Read full review

Review: The Wine of Astonishment (Caribbean Writers Series)

User Review  - Roger DeBlanck - Goodreads

With the Second World War raging on, “the people” of the village of Bonasse in Trinidad are under siege. The government has banned the Spiritual Baptist Church from practicing their cultural way of ... Read full review

Contents

Bee Goes to See Ivan Morton
1
The War Still Fighting
18
We Church
32
To Break the Law
51
Bolo and Prince
64
Elections
78
Bolo Returns
87
Badjohn
101
The Calamity
112
The Church Comes Back
133
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About the author (1986)

EARL LOVELACE was born in Toco, Trinidad in 1935, and spent his childhood in Tobago and Port of Spain. His first job was as a proof reader with the Trinidad Publishing Company, and he later joined the Civil Service, serving first in the Forestry Department and then in the Department of Agriculture.His first novel, While Gods Are Falling, won him the BP Independence Literary Award which enabled him to study in the United States as visiting novelist at Howard University, Washington. It was followed by The Schoolmaster, a novel which drew on his experiences of rural Trinidad. The promise evident in these novels of the sixties was fulfilled in The Dragon Can't Dance, and The Wine of Astonishment which, West Africa magazine argued, 'put him in the front rank of Caribbean writers'. It was followed by a collection of plays, Festina's Calypso, which was published in 1984.

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