Earl Lovelace

Earl Lovelace is a celebrated Trinidadian novelist, journalist, playwright, and short story writer. Born on July 13, 1935, in Toco, Trinidad and Tobago, he is known for his vivid portrayal of post-colonial life in Trinidad and the broader Caribbean. Lovelace's works often explore themes of cultural identity, social injustice, and the challenges of maintaining traditional values in a changing world. His notable novels include 'The Dragon Can't Dance' and 'Salt', which have won him critical acclaim and several literary awards.


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  1. 1. Salt

    The novel explores the life and struggles of Alford George, a man from the Caribbean island of Trinidad, as he seeks to define his identity and purpose beyond the colonial legacy and societal expectations. Through his journey, the book delves into themes of cultural heritage, personal freedom, and the quest for meaningful existence amidst the socio-political changes of post-colonial Trinidad. The narrative interweaves the stories of various community members, reflecting on how history, race, and politics shape individual lives and collective experiences.

    The 5914th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Wine of Astonishment

    "The Wine of Astonishment" is a gripping narrative that explores the struggle of a small, rural community in Trinidad during the early 20th century, as they grapple with the effects of colonialism, World War II, and the prohibition of their spiritual practice, the Shouter Baptist faith. The story is told through the eyes of Eva, a strong-willed matriarch, and her husband, Bee, the spiritual leader of the community. The novel examines themes of resilience, faith, and the fight for cultural and religious freedom.

    The 6873rd Greatest Book of All Time