A Small Place
A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antiguaby the author of Annie John
"If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an a...more
In A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid uses her complex insider-outsider status within each of the three countries she was shaped by in her life—Britain, America, and her native Antigua—to argue that the reason islanders must rely on white culture for survival is due to the continual degradation of the education system. Her comprehension of the complex issues within each of these societies allows her to prove to her primarily white audien ...more
The first few pages surprised me because Kincaid immediately implements the reader in the story. She is speaking directly to us. Many people will feel uncomfortable and resent her accusations, b ...more
The book starts off and you're thinking, "Ok, this isn't anything I don't know or don't feel guilty about all ready." It's not an annoyance, but it's not very compelling to read the white guilt you're probably already feeling having just like been to the groccery store or something banal and horrible like that. But the content (best word I can think of) becomes so brutal, and you realize Jamaica Kincaid is talking about Antigua--not Cuba or Jamaica or anythin ...more
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
Like many of you, I have been a tourist in different places. Jamaica Kincaid begins her book by describing how a tourist looks at the new place he or she has discovered. Jamaica Kincaid seems so right about tourists. I tend to wear ear stoppers and rose colored glasses. This is to keep myself from sights that might make my heart bleed and my eyes to cry. When I am a tourist, I don't want to think about the cleanliness of the water i ...more
Kincaid was just so bitter, spiteful, full of rage and clear-headed. I loved it.
Later in the day while trying to find out more about Jamaica Kincaid I read that a common criticism of their writing is that it's too angry. How's that a criticism? What the fucks wrong with people?
One of my favorite lines:
"Do you know why people like me are shy about being capitalists? Well, it ...more
Ora, io lo so che in queste occasioni si hanno due possibilità: fare le valigie e partire senza nessuna cognizione del luogo in cui ti abbronzerai oppure studiarti un minimo di storia e cultura locale, magari contando di non trascorrere tutte le tue giornate all’interno di un dotatissimo resort.
Se decidete per la seconda strada – lo farei pur’io – ...more
I think that this insight is great, but not one that Jamaica Kincaid actually buys into. In this essay, tourists and whites and the English ...more
That being said, I had to read this book for school. Reading something for school inevitably makes it a liiiiittle less exciting to read than it would be if I chose to read it on my own. So that lost it a star, no fault of the book's really. ...more