I enjoyed the view of history, her personal memories o As Salman Rushdie says in the introduction – a jeremiad- but a beautifully written jeremiad and contained in only 80 pages. Non-fiction that I’m totally digging! I know her intent was to make the probably Western reader feel uncomfortable and guilty for the sins o Kincaid’s tirade against the Western powers which colonized and exploited small, Caribbean territories such as her homeland of Antigua and the corrupt, patronizing leaders who have dominated the political scene since the island nation achieved independence. Nov 04, Dee rated it it was amazing. There is nothing particularly new here if you are interested in postcolonial literature — this was written 30 years ago — but I enjoyed the narrative technique employed by Kincaid. She denies the angry undertone which is obviously has. Maybe it is possible to participate in tourism and still understand things about which she speaks.
This marketed as none fiction essay. A tourist would see a sparkling sea and lush flora but would not notice the lif Jamaica Kincaid is an award winning author and essayist. Will African and Caribbean leaders ever put the citizens first? A Small Place – Jamaica Kincaid. When I reached halfway through the book, I began to wonder if this book was banned at some point. It created a storm in Antigua, as anyone who reads it could well imagine.
This is a blistering and wholly accurrate look at colonialism. Views Read Edit View history. All I know is that as someone from two ex-colonies in South Asia — a product of both British and Portuguese imperialism — I loved this book. Mainly how colonization has changed this beautiful place, and not for the better. A Small Place is a powerful indictment of Jmaaica and would be useful reading for present-day Brexiteers who seem to believe that Britain’s greedy, selfish past is an era to which we should return.
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Every native everywhere lives a life of overwhelming and crushing banality and boredom and desperation and depression, and every deed, good and bad, is an attempt to forget this. That is what this essay is about: Antigua, being a country of poverty, and without a successful government, is something that takes a tremendous toll on those who oincaids there.
Antigua was not able to fully recover after the hurricanes. Writing Memory, Writing Back to the Mother.
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She also critiques the whole essence of travel, tourism and even tourists – who are mostly white. Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references Wikipedia articles with style issues from November All articles with style issues.
Kincaid begins her long essay, in second person perspective, by inviting the reader to visualize Antigua and describing what one might see and think as you are driving down the street. Antigua is one of many nations completely altered by a British empire presence and, as we learn from Kincaid, her people are still suffering the effects decades after their supposed independence.
I know her intent was to make the probably Western reader feel uncomfortable and guilty for the sins o Kincaid’s tirade against the Western powers which colonized and exploited small, Caribbean territories such as her homeland of Antigua and the corrupt, patronizing leaders who have dominated the political scene since the island nation achieved independence.
After a while, I felt as if she should calm down, apologize, and explain her point to me in a less childish way. A Small Place August Kincaid writes with exquisite, measured fury. Mar 10, Hana Alharastani rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is a missive to the traveler, whether Kincaiids Lyrical, sardonic, jakaica forthright, A Small Place magnifies our vision of one small place with Swiftian wit and precision.
If you want to read this i recommend the audiobook. I enjoyed the view of history, her personal memories of the power of a library, and the musing on the impersonal beauty of nature.
I plan on reading more books like this, too, to gain more knowledge and outlook.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Its brutal for the reader especially if you are a reader who is whitefor Antiguans, the Antiguan government and the tourism industry. This article’s tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia.
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The words and ‘tone’ of A Small Place probably wouldn’t hurt the feelings of Americans with superiority complexes so much if they would simply look upon Caribbeans as people and not as exotic oddities. Jamaica Kincaid’s novel can be seen as anti-imperialism because she brings up the issue of tourism and government corruption, both of which became prevalent after colonialism was abolished. Antigua was never able to recover to plce what it used to be under the British government. This is a hard one to rate.
Apr 18, Didi rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Like many countries, there are so many social, economic, environmental and political problems left behind with no support to help the country get back on its essqy once again as it is ‘independent’ now. And so all this fuss over empire- what went wrong here, what went wrong there- always makes me quite crazy, for I can say to them what went wrong: I highly recommend it.
I fear we are all becoming denizens of “A Plcae Place” not in a fixed geographical sense like Kincaid’s Antigua, but economically and socially between the world of oligarchs, drug barons, tax dodgers, and those who are relegated to the College for Servants and who ought to feel grateful that they aren’t outright slaves.