The Wine of Astonishment

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Heinemann, 1986 - Fiction - 146 pages
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Bolo is a champion stickfighter, tall, good-looking, the bravest of all the young men in Bonasse. When, time and time again, he sees his people humiliated by change and American troops, his instincts as a leader come to the fore. The stand he makes, however, takes bizarre and tragic forms.
 

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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

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Part of this book is boring but the rest is AWESOME!!!

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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