A Small Place

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Macmillan, Apr 28, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 81 pages
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A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua--by the author of Annie John

"If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him--why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ."

So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up.

Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.

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User Review  - Jareb - Goodreads

I don't think this book would resonate as well to others as id did with me since it it written in a second person narrative where the reader is a tourist. Having spent a good portion of my life ... Read full review

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User Review  - LA - Goodreads

A short, passionate manifesto decrying colonialism in Antigua. Kincaid's an equal-opportunity slammer, as she first rips into the British who ruled her island, and then the islanders themselves, who ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. Johns, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and My Brother (all published by FSG). She lives with her family in Vermont.

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