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The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid
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Jan 29, 10

Read in January, 2010

The blurb on the front of the book from Michiko Kakutani uses the words "incantatory...lyrical" which is an excellent description of Kincaid's prose style. However, the narrator's voice is so lyrical, so distant that to me the book lacked emotional intensity. Xuela, the narrator, observes her life from an emotional remove, analyzing the people around her more as representatives of colonial power relations than as real people. For me her voice was cold and gave me no sense of connection to her or the world around her.
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