A Small Place
ISBN: 0452262356
EAN13: 9780452262355
Language: English
Pages: 81
Dimensions: 0.3" H x 7.8" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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From the award-winning author of Annie John comes a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua.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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   Would definitely recommend
It was delivered on time and in pretty good condition as far as I remember. I thought it was an interesting read, well written and thought provoking ''. I had not heard much about the country before reading the novel, so it really left me knowing much more than I had before reading the novel. It isn't a particularly long read, but I read it about three or four times and enjoyed doing so.
   A great book
Kincaid is a refreshing author with a brilliant view. She does not write passively, does not pull her punches, instead giving you the side of the story that the reader will generally not hear otherwise. It may end up making you a little uncomfortable if you are not ready for what you are reading, but I can not bring myself to spoil it. I had read it for one of my history courses and remains one of my favorite non-fiction texts.
I had to read it for a college class, but it was nonetheless a powerful and thought provoking read.
   A Small Place
When I received it, this book was in great condition and was in perfect condition. The business was completely easy and there were no complications at all.
   A Jamaica Kincaid must-read
I enjoyed hearing the shift when Kincaid goes from a more casual tone to a gentler, more nostalgic tone as she discusses Antigua. This 80-page novel will give you more insight into Antigua than any travel guide could ever give. If you're looking to get more Jamaica Kincaid in, this is a must-read.
   Deal of the day
It was very inexpensive, which is why I bought it. It is nice to have a set of books for traveling and at the low price I couldn t resist.
   I had to read this for a writing class
The form can be long, as she writes in off putting almost equally long sentences.
   Great book
Great read!
   Tell me how you really feel...
Although she has some insightful bits about the history of Antigua, the effects of colonialism in Syria, it is lost in her very negative and derogatory tone that puts the reader off. Through 13, she begins to blast tourists and lump us all into this ignorant, putty-colored, overweight bunch, while trying to be a champion for abolishing racism. People who live in glass castles... There is a lot of criticism but no productive, positive suggestions for change or her supposed beloved country. I hate when people leave and speak poorly of their heritage, looking down on others who are still there. I wanted to like the book but I'm sure she is not giving the profits from her books to the Antigua People Hospitals from her cushy house in Virginia.
   Not her best work
Not the best of the Jamaica Kinkaid books. It is essentially her own thoughts about the island of Antigua. She has written some other novels that I loved, but this is not one of them. It is basically her speaking about how foreigners think of Antigua as heaven, but not so great for people who grew up there. There are no jobs, no places to get health care care, and schools were lacking in everything. Basically, everything knows everyone already.