Given she’s a professor at Harvard with a vacation home in Vermont it makes me pause. I want to understand why exactly parts of it made me uncomfortable, versus the parts where I empathized and understood the struggle as my own. Its brutal for the reader especially if you are a reader who is white , for Antiguans, the Antiguan government and the tourism industry. 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. From day to day, as you walk down a busy street in the large and modern and prosperous city in which you work and lie, dismayed and puzzled at how alone you can feel in this crowd, how awful it is to go unnoticed, how awful it is to go unloved, even as you are surrounded by more people than you could possibly get to know in a lifetime that lasted for millennia and then out of the corner of your eye you see someone looking at you and absolute pleasure is written all over the person’s face, and then you realize that you are not as revolting a presence as you think you are.
From day to day, as you walk down a busy street in the large and modern and prosperous city in which you work and lie, dismayed and puzzled at how alone you can feel in this crowd, how awful it is to go unnoticed, how awful it is to go unloved, even as you are surrounded by more people than you could possibly get to know in a lifetime that lasted for millennia and then out of the corner of your eye you see someone looking at you and absolute pleasure is written all over the person’s face, and then you realize that you are not as revolting a presence as you think you are. I plan on reading more books like this, too, to gain more knowledge and outlook. Of course, I confess all of the time on this site, disguised as ‘reviews’ so, well, bite me. Mainly how colonization has changed this beautiful place, and not for the better. The American South is still reeling from the aftereffects of such human folly. This book didn’t change me if anything it solidified some opinions i have about certain things.
I like that even though this is an essay and her arguments are clear cut, she does show emotion too. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 I have no idea how Kincaid is perceived by Antiguans: It was an enjoyable conversation until the mom started spewing some ignorant comments about the ‘exotic’ beauty of the places they had visited including Antigua and then decided I should have some Jesus pamphlet.
Perfectly fine and she is entitled to heal the way she wants, but I am not reading this tripe again. But you still know the horrifying effects of imperialism–that started our country. I think she sees it as servility being sold as a virtue and a worthy ambition to Antiguans – intentional social engineering by elites. She’s really a ball of fire, this Kincaid woman!
The island is known as a tourist location, but the island suffered damaged after Hurricane Luis and Hurricane Georgesand a lack of tourist after September 11 and the murder of a British couple on the island. Now the question is, Kincaid, What are you going to do about it?
It represents how Antigua was deteriorated through British Colonialism, tourism, and a corrupt government. At some point, I wondered if Kincaid condoned xenophobia, because the way she describes the ways fellow Antiguans and other folks from the Caribbean dislike tourists to the point where she actually insults white touristsit could be seen as quite hateful. I wonder how the author feels about it today. The hurricanes caused great damage placd this can also be seen in plaec novel when she describes how great the library was before, but how the library was completely destroyed and left in rubble after the hurricane.
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid. The Government focuses more on the comforts of the tourists, rather than the jamaia own residents, and the citizens themselves are focused on serving the tourists. Lists with This Book.
A Small Place
She is simply fed up with the way her country is being treated, and rightfully so. Four short autobiographical essays, anti-travel, Jamaica Kincaid at her most provocative.
I have no idea how Kincaid is perceived by Antiguans: There are shades in between of not only people, but of the overall esszy. She doesn’t treat these things in a sentimental or facile way. It’s truly amazing and absolutely enraging.
And so everywhere they went they turned it into England; and everybody they met they turned English. Many people will jamauca uncomfortable and resent her accusations, but deep down inside we all know they are true. I am also interested to see if one of her novels perhaps is more worthy of inclusion in an anthology of great books by women authors.
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
She goes on and on about this library. Maybe it is possible to participate in tourism and kincaifs understand things about which she speaks.
These essays are scathing and incredibly thought-provoking about the past and Wow, this is extremely guilt-inducing to anyone who ever has or wants to go to a beautiful Caribbean island to “get away from it all. The unreal way in which it is beautiful now that they are a free esssay, is the unreal way in which it was beautiful when they were slaves. Okay however she has said herself The r are some truths and not truths to this.
Book recs on this would be amazing, friends.
The elite class are now the corrupt native-born Antiguan politicians who took charge after the English left. So, too, with the salves.
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