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A Small Place Paperback – Bargain Price, April 28, 2000
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Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A jeremiad of great clarity and force that one might have called torrential were the language not so finely controlled."--Salman Rushdie
"A rich and evocative prose that is also both urgent and poetic . . . Kincaid is a witness to what is happening in our West Indian back yards. And I trust her."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Kincaid continues to write with a unique, compelling voice that cannot be found anywhere else. Her small books are worth a pile of thicker--and hollower--ones."-- San Francisco Chronicle
"This is truth, beautifully and powerfully stated . . . In truly lyrical language that makes you read aloud, [Kincaid] takes you from the dizzying blue of the Caribbean to the sewage of hotels and clubs where black Antiguans are only allowed to work . . . Truth, wisdom, insight, outrage, and cutting wit."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Wonderful reading . . . Tells more about the Caribbean in 80 pages than all the guidebooks."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Kincaid discusses British colonialism, the corruption of the Antiguan government, racism, and greed. It seems to me a key question raised by the book is whether post-colonial Antigua is worse than colonial Antigua. The book is very much haunted by the spectre of New World slavery.
This book is a dark, angry jeremiad. I think it works better when seen as an extended prose poem rather than as an essay. As the latter, it could be criticized as full of invalid generalizations and undocumented claims. But as a poetic/prophetic text, it is chillingly effective.
Ultimately, Kincaid's vision of the human condition is extremely negative But her haunting, almost hypnotic prose really held me. I recommend the book to anyone planning a trip to a poor country for their own pleasure.
In a very few pages, Jamaica Kincaid says what a lot of former slaves would like to say but are perhaps too politically correct to utter. She does the job for us. Ms. Kincaid does not mince her words when it comes to what the British Empire did to the people of Antigua and the world for that matter. Frequently, I found myself wanting to stand up and cheer as I read her words of disgust and anger. While Ms. Kincaid is specifically speaking of Antigua, her words describe the slave trade and the destruction and poverty left in the wake of it no matter what country. It is well worth reading - more than once.
Reviewed by alice Holman
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I find the book, in its passionate expression of the point of view contrary to the tourist literature, useful as a reality check for reflecting on my motives for visiting the Caribbean, analyzing my expectations, and understanding how my behavior may be perceived.
It is important to note that the book was written in 1988, when the Bird family was still firmly entrenched in power in Kincaid's native Antigua. The politics of the Bird family in Antigua achieved, according to one source that I read, a level of corruption surpassing the corruption of many other Caribbean societies with the exception of Duvalier's Haiti. When I visited Antigua in 2005, the Bird era had ended with the election of Baldwin Spencer the year before.
An analogy that I find useful is that, while we who live in industrialized societies are collectively responsible for world hunger and the uneven distribution of wealth, it would be hard to argue, except in a few cases, that we are individually responsible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's disheartening that this meets the threshold for publishing. One cannot say, with any degree of objectivity, that this isn't one angry, clearly emotionally disturbed woman's... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Luis Contreras
In "A Small Place", Jamaica Kincaid reflects on the legacy of colonialism and its interaction with tourism in Antigua. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Richard D. Deverell
Well, I guess I know where I won't be going on vacation. First, not all tourists are wealthy, fat slobs with no interest in the countries they visit. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Elki Issa
A Small Place tells the story of the island of Antigua through the eyes of its author, Jamaica Kincaid, an Antiguan now living in the United States. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jacob Hellman
It may hurt a bit to read, but the Kincaid's classic criticisms of tourism/racism/colonialism are so important.Published 1 month ago by Paul T. Corrigan
Wonderful book! Easy and fast read. I had no problem getting through it.Published 3 months ago by Iliana Melendez
A very short yet broad angst filled history of Antigua. Sorry but I don't get it. It's depressing cause it's true. Others may really enjoy this but it's not for me.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer