The Wine of Astonishment (2020)

The Wine of Astonishment Earl Lovelace The Wine of Astonishment This is an energetic very unusual above all enlightening novel the author s best yet The Financial TimesA powerful and moving chronicle of the different ways in which members of a small Trinidadian
  • Title: The Wine of Astonishment
  • Author: Earl Lovelace
  • ISBN: 9780435988807
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
The Wine of Astonishment Earl Lovelace This is an energetic, very unusual, above all, enlightening novel the author s best yet The Financial TimesA 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 fasThis is an energetic, very unusual, above all, enlightening novel the author s best yet The Financial TimesA 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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  1. Miss Karen Jean Martinson

    Beautiful One of the few books I ve read where the main characters are poor, uneducated, and oppressed and yet granted a dignity and awareness by the author that is neither primitivizing nor patronizing.

  2. Ryan

    A small community in Southern Trinidad deals with many struggles during the Shouters Prohibition and Occupation One of Lovelace s finest

  3. Beverly

    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 90s I was reading most of the books that were part of the Heinemann Caribbean Writers Series This book was 146 pages and the author did a impressive job of telling the story of a small community and the challenges they faced in a recent post colonial world, the invasion of American soldiers and how it affec [...]

  4. Lee Tackett

    I was very pleased that I chose this book as my independent novel The Wine of Astonishment brings the reader into close contact with different complicated characters to the point where the reader gains a better understanding of ethnic struggle and ethnic culture Lovelace s use of ethnic dialogue, which in other works can be difficult to read, not only flowed exceptionally well, but brought an added level of authenticity to the work Most importantly, Lovelace developed three particularly strong c [...]

  5. Jb

    at this point, lovelace has refined his craft succinct and subtle than the dragon can t dance, the wine of astonishment is an outstanding portrayal of the socio political struggles of post colonial culture once again, humanity pervades lovelace s politics this is a truly beautiful novel.

  6. Eugenie

    Great writing very poetic a truly enjoyable read However, for me the story line could have been stronger, hence only 4 stars.

  7. Roger DeBlanck

    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 worship Bee is the preacher of the church and one of the sage members of his community He advocates finding a civil means to lead the people through the crisis He believes they need a man in the Legislature to speak for them and their plight Bee cautions, however, that to confront the injustice of the la [...]

  8. Hotavio

    A poignant novel about choices a people must take in order to exercise their freedoms This novel, set in Trinidad, is metaphorically pertinent to all oppressed peoples The black Trinidadians reach the threshold when the Brits and Americans not only force European religious practices on them, inject western pop culture into the island, and keep Trinidadians into the polictical fold, but then the people find that one by one their culture is dissolving as its members are swooned over by promises of [...]

  9. Alana

    Believe it or not, this was my first Lovelace novel I loved it and I just could not separate myself from the book The entire narrative felt like a monologue and I especially loved that it was set in Trinidad, written in our language, by one of our people and above all, a very strong novel I will be reading of his books in the near future and investing in having what belongs to us on my bookshelf Yes, this has been long overdue.

  10. Karina

    This book was required reading for Literature at my High School It was the first Lovelace book I d read, and it got me hooked on Lovelace as an author It is quite distinctly Trinidadian, and gives a very rich social, historical and cultural perspective There is tragedy, comedy and triumph in this book I highly recommend it

  11. Ruth

    Lovelace s novels are some of the BEST postcolonial stories out there And they make me love Trinidad Tobago, a country I have seldom paid attention to in the past, though I have a friend from there This novel is a small short jewel.

  12. Apphia Barton

    Mind churning, eye opening, paradigm shifting, thought provoking work the necessary and continuously relevant food for thought from my favorite Trinidadian author The sociopolitical commentary is relevant today What s changed in our society The language we use, the names and faces of the politicians and their politricks Also, no one is free until we are all free is the quote that came to mind mid read Side note Bolo s narrative and character so much depth and sagacity I loved it.

  13. Daniel Paul

    The book is about Eva and Bee Dorcas, members of the Spiritual Baptist Church It is about their experiences of being persecuted for their religious affiliation and the faith that they have in Ivan Morton to change their situation The character Bolo is also at the forefront of this story because he embodies the result of not being able to be a man in a society that does not view being Black as valuable.Chapter 1 The readers are introduced to the narrator, Eva, and her husband Bee, along with thre [...]

  14. Debbie Boucher

    This is the second book I ve read by Earl Lovelace I will hear him speak tomorrow at the Bocas Literary Festival here in Port of Spain I am impressed at how he captures the experience of being of African descent in Trinidad, at his attempt to decipher for the reader the enigma of it The book begins in the early part of the last century in a small community where there is little work apart from working for a large estate picking coconuts The community is bound together by the Spiritual Baptists, [...]

  15. Lina

    Growing up I attended Catholic School and so I was used to a quiet, reverent style or worship, but in my teens I attended a Baptist church with my cousins and I was taken aback by the style of worship In reading this book I found myself looking back to my reaction and remembered see the congregation as an Other The falling, speaking in tongues and concept of catching the spirit was foreign, strange and made me long for the comforts of the Catholic Church that I didn t even religiously affiliate [...]

  16. Preeta

    Amazing use of dialect as poetry I would recommend this for anyone interested in global Englishes The narrator s voice arresting, heartbreaking, funny proves that local versions of English can convey social nuances that standard English cannot when it comes from outside the culture in question My only quibble is that sometimes, particularly when trying to evoke high drama, the language pace got a tiny bit repetitive But I d give this four and a half stars if I could, and can t wait to read of L [...]

  17. Karen Davis

    I used this for years in Caribbean Humanities course the characters issues in this tale, set in a Trinidadian village, could be easily linked to expository writing, documentary film, and lectures The story serves as a kind of shorthand for Caribbean Topics 101, and the drama itself engaged the students.

  18. Kaneisha

    this book out your mind on the things the shouter Baptiste when through for so long it was a novel that had me on my toes trying to find out when would Eva, Bolo and Eva s husband would final get their freedom to worship and when the would 3

  19. Brian Watson

    Read this for a freshman English class and have since re read it about ten times Great story with tons of imagery and allusion.

  20. Kaydeen Henry

    i think tha wine of astonishment is based on reality thing in jamaicae ending and beginning of slavery

  21. Arshaad

    A compelling read and with today s somewhat growing intolerance toward various faiths, it gives hope that once one holds on to their beliefs with sincerity and passion, any obstacle can be overcome.

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