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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Acclaimed by Adrienne Rich as "fierce, sensuous . . . a work of great beauty and moral imagination," In Another Place, Not Here tells of two contemporary Caribbean women who find brief refuge in each other on an island in the midst of political uprising. Elizete, dreaming of running to another place to escape the harshness of her daily life on the island, meets Verlia, an ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by Grove Press (first published 1986)
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jo
the first half of this book is prose poetry written in what i can best describe as trinidadian english, because that is the island-english i've heard that most closely approximates the language of this book. maybe it's another island. certainly it's another island. many of the localities have french names. i don't think localities in trinidad have french names.

still, it's the caribbean and life is hell and two women love each other but life is hell and something happens to one of them and the ot
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Caseythecanadianlesbrarian
For readers unaccustomed to the Black Caribbean vernacular that begins Dionne Brand’s 1996 novel In Another Place, Not Here—like me—there’s a bit of an initial hurdle to leap over to sink into this book. But trust me, it’s worth it; and sink in you truly do. Brand is an exhilarating poet and although this is a novel, it’s definitely a poet’s novel. There is something—many things, in fact—deliciously seductive about the language, which rolls, rises, falls, and flows its way throughout the narrati ...more
Jess
Apr 05, 2007 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys good writing
Reality, reality and the dreaming of each other's reality and fantasy, a story of two Caribbean women who find refuge in each other in the midst of the turmoil around them. Yes, the stuff of life, but Brand beautifully crafts this story with hints of Fauulkner and Woolf.
Laura
Heartbreaking, raw. Brand is a poet and this book is like an extended poem. She writes about same-sex love and revolution, imperialism, slavery, diasporic West Indians. It's so rich.
Eyona Goree
In Another Place, Not Here is written in such an achingly gorgeous fashion, that if approached with sensitivity and a willingness to immerse yourself into the world provided, which you must in order to finish, it will leave you heartbroken, but transformed. Brand poetically and philosophically writes of love, abandonment, resistance, the emotional liberation and trauma of immigration, global perceptions of blackness within and without of the disapora, exploitation, and the ever elusive elsewhere ...more
Philip Lane
I found this book difficult to read, the language in the first half is very often a bit of a barrier as it is mostly a Carribean dialect or patois. Much of the book approaches stream of consciousness and I found it a struggle to keep up with the characters. That said I did get a strong sense of emotion coming from both the female protagonists, their sense of striving for a better life and discontent with their current situation, their suffering and heartache.
Biblioteka
The poetic style of the novel makes it a compelling read. However in the middle, even the magnificent poetry seems inadequate to compensate for a lack of proper story-telling.
Nicollette Buckle
Im glad I made it to the end.

There were parts of the book that were hard to read because of the author's writing style (ie: prose; streams of conciseness in creole; jarring change of setting/tense... etc.). The second half was much easier to navigate than the first and it clarified a lot of the confusion we see in the first half of the novel.
I like the subject matter (immigration, blackness, organizing a social movement, love, queer identities, abuse, relationships), but the writer's style was a
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Juliet Wilson
After the difficult first chapter, i found myself loving this book. It is an atmospheric story of oppression and revolution, love and loss. The descriptions are beautiful and the characters internal lives are laid bare. The problem is that all this beautiful language and internal explorations means that the narrative is sometimes hard to follow, actually sometimes there doesn't seem to be any narrative at all. I did find myself geographically and chronologically confused on more than one occasio ...more
Stephen Bess
I loved the rich Caribbean language in this book. Honestly, I need to read it again, but I feel it was an enjoyable read.
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As a young girl growing up in Trinidad, Dionne Brand submitted poems to the newspapers under the pseudonym Xavier Simone, an homage to Nina Simone, whom she would listen to late at night on the radio. Brand moved to Canada when she was 17 to attend the University of Toronto, where she earned a degree in Philosophy and English, a Masters in the Philosophy of Education and pursued PhD studies in Wom ...more
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