At a glance:
- Author: Earl Lovelace
- First Published: 1982
- Type of Work: Social realism
- Time of Work: From the early 1930’s to 1951
- Setting: Bonasse, a rural village in southwestern Trinidad
- Characters: Bolo, Bee, Eva, Ivan Morton
- 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
Eva’s opening meditation begins in medias res as she describes her husband Bee’s frustration from the lack of change that has occurred since Ivan Morton’s election to the Legislative Council in 1946. The immediate occasion of Bee’s inner turmoil is Morton’s failure to lift a ban on the manner in which Bee’s church, the Spiritual Baptist Church, conducts its worship services. Eva, from her first-person limited omniscient point of view, describes Bee as “a spider trap in its web,” a man powerless to force a change in the laws that would allow his...
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