Feb 17, Chloe rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The descriptions of this book that I had read on Goodreads in no way described the acerbic bitterness of Kincaid as a writer. Each page is one brutal indictment after another. Nothing escapes her ire; from the English masters who colonized the island to the fat and pasty tourists who visit for a chance to sample the "exotic" backwardness of island life and who cluck their tongues reprovingly at the corruption that is endemic to island governance.
Every time I do, I get swallowed into the strangeness of her short but not so sweet prose. Reading her work is like sinning: It only feels like that because she brutally exposes the harsh reality of Caribbean life as either an islander, a West-Indian woman, a politician or a member of the elite and, as a reader, one can only suffer from guilt or recognition.
A Small Place is the perfect embodiment of it all. Understandably, Kincaid suffered many negative reviews and chastisement for what seems to be her nonchalant boldness but in the book she remains true to her goal and that calls for positive feedback as well.
A Small Place is a four-part essay written in a conversational style. It begins with Kincaid encouraging the reader to conceptualize being a tourist to the pink and white sands of Antigua.
En route to a luxury hotel, she explains the reasons behind all the Japanese cars on the roads as taxis — things that only an Antiguan would know — as well as the historical ties of local mansions.
She also introduces the library and then explains why natives do not actually like tourists. Kincaid reminisces about her childhood and how Antigua may have been a better place in that time, despite the fact that the only roads paved were the ones the Queen or a princess used once.
Kincaid explains the effects of colonialism that are still evident in different forms, but in a very personal format, expressing all her frustration and anger towards colonialists behind their various masks. She blames the Minister of Culture and Education for letting the library and the education system remain neglected, and the government for many other situations that any Caribbean islander knows about.
The ending of her composition, the fourth section, is my favourite. This is where Kincaid describes beautiful little Antigua and its people; an island so beautiful that its atmosphere is surreal and bitter-sweet to Antiguans who are trapped in its scenery but also its impoverished state.
The slave descendants, however, are just ordinary like everyone else around the world. A Small Place is, well, a small book!
I would recommend it to anyone except a sensitive tourist knowing full well that it will evoke a reaction akin to annoyance, empowerment or rage. Jamaica Kincaid and her works are admired by Sir Derek Walcott. She is scheduled to be the featured lecturer for our Nobel Laureate Festival.
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Although this documentary on globalization in Jamaica isn't based on A Small Place, it uses a series of excerpts from the novel to bring its points home. In this interview, Kincaid goes in-depth about her writing process, the critical reaction to A Small Place, and her response to those who consider.
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Jul 03, · Jamaica Kincaid –- (Born Elaine Potter Richardson) Antiguan-born American novelist, essayist, short story writer, memoirist, editor, and nonfiction writer. The following entry presents an overview of Kincaid's career through See also At the Bottom of the River Criticism.