At a glance:
- Author: Earl Lovelace
- First Published: 1982
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Social realism
- Time of Work: 1940’s-1950’s
- Setting: Bonasse, Trinidad
- Characters: Eva, Bee, Bolo, Ivan Morton, Prince
- Genres: Long fiction, Social realism
- Subjects: 1950's, Culture, Tradition, Caribbean, Racism, Blacks, Social issues, 1940's, Villages, 1930's, Moral conditions, Catholics or Catholic Church, Warships
- Locales: Bonasse, Trinidad, Central America and West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
The Wine of Astonishment is the story of the struggle of a Spiritual Baptist community, from the passing of the Prohibition Ordinance in 1917 until the lifting of the ban in 1951. It is told by one of the members of the church. Eva begins her narrative of the trials and sufferings of those of the Spiritual Baptist faith with the notion that there is a purpose behind it all.
The only hope for the villagers of Bonasse, as they see it, lies in Ivan Morton, a teacher turned politician, the new man in the legislative council of the country. They would like...
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