Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple--handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, almost at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With m ...more
In many ways I feel as though the protagonist of Kincaid's "Annie John" found her way into this bo ...more
I love Kincaid’s writing. It is expressive. It captures wonderfully how people feel and think. It is thought provoking.
I will give you a few quotes that spoke to ME:
“Everybody knew that men have no morals, that they do not know how to behave, that they do not know how to treat other people. It was why men like laws so much; it was why they had to invent such things--they need a guide. When they are not sure what to do, they consult this ...more
Update: I got nothing new out of it the second time around. I just don't care about Lucy. Her character doesn't make sense to me and her story frustrates me in ways that I don't find very productive. Not to mention the fact that I hate the ending and the way it just drops off without a real conclu ...more
“Everything I could see looked unreal to me; everything I could see made me feel I would never be part of it, never penetrate to the inside, never be taken in.”
From the very first page, I was enthralled by Lucy’s deceptively simple narration. To begin with, I was struck by the clarity of her observations and the directness of her statements. As I kept reading, however, I came to realise just how enigmatic a character she was.
“Oh, I had imagined that with my one swift act—leaving home and comin...more
On writing: I read this slim novel slowly, taking the time to do what I very rarely do - reread every second paragraph or so to appreciate its structure. The book is written in first-person narrative throughout, and external events do not get in the way of the plot, which is Lucy's gradual emotional separation from her family back ...more
Jamaica Kincaid’s novel Lucy tells the story of Lucy Potter, a 19-year-old woman who moves from her native Antigua to the United States to be an au pair for a well-off white family. The family is composed of a couple, Mariah and Lewis, and their four children. Lucy grows close to Mariah, who becomes a mother figure to her. The affection Lucy feels for Mariah contrasts with the deep conflict Lucy feels when she thinks of her real mother back home. The story of Lucy’s first year in the U.S. is int...more
Lucy is a young Black woman who immigrates to the U.S. to work as an au pair to an upper class white couple's four children, and studying at night to be a nurse. This was beautifully written, with vignettes that go back to the protagonist's life before immigrating and the world she's left.
It is supposed to be the coming-of-age story of Lucy, a 19 year old girl from Antigua who comes to the US as an au pair. Lucy herself is very judgemental of the family that she works for and despite them (especially the mother) being very kind to her she doesn't treat them with much regard.
Lucy's character was actually kind of the biggest problem I had with this book. I find her extremely unlikeable. As I mentioned, she behaves very strangely to everyone s ...more
I felt disappointed at first. The style is not so stunning as ...more
"Lucy" is a quick read and was wonderfully written. I have come to really enjoy Jamaica Kincaid's style of writing. It is clean and simple yet laden with deep meaning. Lucy- the protagonist of the novel was a sorrowful, bitter person and I blame her abandoned upbringing and the love-hate relationship she had with her mother as the cause. The novel in general was full of misery- not only from the protagonist, but also from the family Lucy was working for (M ...more
I really enjoy Jamaica Kincaid's writing and I thoroughly enjoyed Lucy. A small book but the prose packs a huge punch. In Lucy we meet a nineteen year old girl who is from the Caribbean, moves to the US to be an au pair for a family who seems to have it all toge ...more
Quite dispassionately, this is the "longest little book I've ever read". It is really more of a novella: in fact, probably just a longish short story, but it goes on forever. And ever. Or so I felt. Like those false endings in movies, when you think the end is near, and then they throw in another ending, this one could have ended 5 chapters ago, and one wouldn't have m ...more
Ultimately, however, the great thing about this novel is Kincaid's ability to present the overlap of the political and personal ...more
This novel is deceptively plain. I imagine many readers have discounted it, uninterested in what lie beneath. Underestimate it at your own peril. Bare-bones language, narrative and plot house deeply radical musings on colonialism, womanhood, sexuality, whiteness and immigration. Nearly each and every sentence could have entire essays written on it.
I am in awe of Kincaid's ability to write such a book. This is a no ...more
this is a very, very good book. Lucy's love is terrible and her every insight filled with remarkable clarity, and this is a book in which it works in some cases to tell rather than show (ie the first time she tells us she loves Mariah, and the reader is shocked but believes her utterly). and now here are a bunch of quo ...more
My mom's b ...more