A Small Place

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Macmillan, 1988 - 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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Really clever and effective writing. - Goodreads
Jamaica Kincaid's prose breathes passion and power. - Goodreads
Intrigued by this I decided to do some research. - Goodreads
It's the book's pacing that gives it most of its force. - Goodreads
... though im not sure for whom i'm writing this. - Goodreads

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I am so thankful for people who tell it exactly how they see it. I appreciate her honesty. Read full review

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You'll never look at international travel to all inclusive resorts the same again. And you shouldn't. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
41
Section 4
77
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About the author (1988)

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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