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See Now Then: A Novel by [Kincaid, Jamaica]
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*Starred Review* A decade after her last novel, Mr. Potter (2002), Kincaid returns to fiction with a vengeance. Her urgent subject has always been her life in Antigua and America imaginatively and courageously transformed into a microcosm of the crimes, psychic pain, and social aberration unleashed in the fateful year of 1492. In this furious, funny, and sorrowful tirade and lament, Kincaid meshes autobiography with archetypes as the unraveling of an unlikely marriage turns into a heightened, hypnotic, and shrewdly complex inquiry into time, alienation, and metamorphosis. Mrs. Sweet, a wife, mother, gardener, and writer living in Vermont, loves and adores her children, no matter how much they baffle and exhaust her. Athletic Heracles surrounds himself with toy armies. Persephone is often hidden and out of reach. Kincaid’s foray into myth is profound and unnervingly surreal as Mrs. Sweet is forced to recognize that small, brooding Mr. Sweet, a frustrated musician and composer, now hates her. The gathering storm of her rage, anguish, and regret propels her on “a holy journey into her past” and our collective history. Kincaid has created a measured, bewitching, and metaphysical fable, as well as a venomous, acidly comic, and plangent tale of love, betrayal, and loss that is at once slashingly personal and radiantly universal in its mystery, passion, and catharsis. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A national tour and publicity campaign will herald the publication of the first novel in 10 years by the distinctive, much-acclaimed, and fearless Kincaid. --Donna Seaman

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In See Now Then memories appear and reappear with a hypnotic, furious regularity, and the novel exhausts itself trying to control them—as if stanching a hemorrhage, or cauterizing a wound. —Jess Row

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  • File Size: 346 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MWG6Q0
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By Spindrift VINE VOICE on February 17, 2013
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In "See Now Then", Jamaica Kincaid tells us "As a young woman she had been like a flower found in the deep jungles of the new Americas; a black Dahlia, a brown marigold, a sea-green Zenia; when she was a young woman, the world was not her oyster, did not harbor her like it's oyster, providing a sweet space in which she became a pearl. When she was a young woman, it was her fear of death that kept her alive".

This stunningly beautiful writing took my breath away. I did not know what I was getting into when I began to read this piece. I had read that it was "probably" an auto-biographic lament on the state of Jamaica Kincaid's marriage. The book is not a novel, it is a book length poem...a non linear stream of consciousness exercise that is both totally mesmerizing and exponentially frustrating.

Her writing literally dances off of the pages, enchanting the reader, while at the same time taunting them to dare to "stay with her". I cried along with "Mrs. Sweet"...her pain was palpable and so sad that I had to stop and put the book down several times...and yet, I can't, with a pure and unpretentious intention, totally recommend this book.

Jamaica Kincaid's message is really the one and only "message" that there is. Now is then, and then is now, because we are all only a compilation of all of our thens. So she presents her story without any chronology, because how could it possibly matter. Mrs. Sweet is held captive by the memories of her own mother and her difficult childhood. She is from a culture that could not possibly be more opposite than the one she is attempting to raise her family in. Her obnoxious husband has stopped loving her. She has been hurt as badly as if scalding water had been tossed in her face. Her children are clueless and mean. All great material.
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Although a great deal has been made of the "autobiographical" elements of this elegant and fearless book, it is a mistake to dismiss too quickly the author's own insistence that it not a roman a clef but "a book about time." As always with Ms. Kincaid's work, the prose is uncanny in its sinuous movement, *demonstrating* rather than asserting how our experience is an ever shifting liquid rope braided of what was, what is, and what will be. While it is true that even the most minor characters (usually retaining their actual names) have their counterparts in the real world, you do yourself a grave injustice if you read this book as an account of "what really happened" to those "real world" counterparts. Rather, using available light, Ms. Kincaid has furthered the project of authors like Virginia Woolf who seek to portray the disturbing simultaneity of all the events in one's life--a simultaneity which both convention and language are always conspiring to disguise.

This is a wonderful book. Leave the gossip where you found it, because gossip is everywhere, while true literary achievement is rare, rare, rare.
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A poignant and painful read not so much about time as about the struggle that is motherhood, marriage and female identity. Kincaid is a brave genius. The scene where Mrs. Sweet is late to pick up the children, the scene where Mrs. Sweet is making pancakes, the scene where Hercules crumples like trashed paper, graphically and truthfully depict the epic costs of family life primarily on women and secondarily on their children. The book says through art things most women are afraid to admit. When Mr.Sweet says he wonders what man or woman could ever love Mrs. Sweet, the reader realizes that she does in fact love Mrs. Sweet and that she, the reader, is travelling along on this passionate and quirky heroes quest.
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you will love Jamaica Kincaid's novel. Most of the time I spent thinking how much the book resembles the author's life even though she denies it at every turn. I wanted to stop reading, but I kept on. There are some killer comments about childhood from the dad/husband character and the mom is all mom. Be prepared for very very long sentences.
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"Mrs. Sweet's eyes could see Mrs.See very well in the little room off to the side of the house."But to see Now Then meant she would have to dwell in the world of disaster as well as joy. In this novel which presents clearly as memoir, we meet Mrs. Sweet and come to know her well. Mr. Sweet has forgotten the Then in which he loved her and now only can see her banana boat origins, her aging and heavy flesh, and her distance from his own revered world of the mind. There is not much to like in mr. Sweet in these pages, and though we are told his wife loves him, it is difficult to see why.

In using lyrical form and myths, this book is rooted in the tides of time. Mrs. Sweet is a woman of the world and of the land and she spreads herself to include her children. At the writing of the book, they are still the stuff of unfinished roots and stalks. The identity of settings is done in classical form, sometimes becoming too precious.

Indeed this book can be precious at numerous points. There are whole pages I loathed, and others I found enchanting. Kincaid has taken great risk in the form of this novel. As in many risks, sometimes this is more successful than other times. Still I think the high points are worth the time in reading this book of departure from this mature writer.
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