Wine of Astonishment

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Chelsea G. A. Maharaj – 4.4
English B
1)

a. DESCRIBE BOLO AND HIS PASSION FOR STICKFIGHTING.
b. WHAT INFLUENCE OR EFFECT DID THE BAN ON CARNIVAL HAVE ON THIS?

In the book “Wine of Astonishment” written by Earl Lovelace. This novel deals with a small community like Bonnasse where Spiritual Baptists are living. Their religion practices were outlawed by the colonial government because they were all seen as ‘uncivilized’ and ‘barbarous’. One of the main characters in the novel was a man called Bolo. Bolo, who was a very respected and admired stick-fighter. Bolo’s character is warrior like and he directs the people to the path of empowerment by way of a warrior for that it is what he knows and who he is. According to the narrator, Bolo endears himself with the entire village, all the market women tease him and he teases them in return, for “this Bolo was a special man, and not only us, the women, to everybody. If you have a house to build or a dead to bury, you could call him to lend a hand, and though he’s a man who fears nobody, he knows how to laugh, and if you down to cheer you up . . . . ” (line 21-22). The first person narrator which is Eva uses three words to describe Bolo: big, strong and brave. On page 21 - 22 the flashback didn’t make Bolo be viewed as someone big and scary but it also made him seem he was also really funny. An actual physical description of Bolo took place on like 17 where Eva had met Bolo I church on Sunday. Bolo is depicted in heroic terms, with “a new kind of toughness about him, a warrior still, with his chest up and his eyes bright with dreams that fill him”, standing there in the Church, “with a sunshine smile bursting on his face and his warm spirit brimming out of him to all of us, touching us, joining us with him”. But when the congregation opens its mouth to sing it is a toned-down worship, “the same dead way, without bell ringing or handclapping or shouting”. Bolo stands there with “amazement and heartbreak in...
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