An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic ...more
Lining up with other readers to get my copies of her books signed, I was torn between greed and love for my daughter, deliberating inside my head whether this new copy of Annie John, bought for my 13-year-old (I have my own, read copy at home), should really be hers, or whether I should keep the signed copy and give her the old one, thus outing myself as a true book ...more
Annie is bright, far more competent academically than any of her peers in her ...more
a story of Annie john, an intelligent young girl growing up in Antigua.
her life from the age of ten until seventeen, a transition from childhood to adolescence
the misbehavior at the beginning of her teens and the changes in her relationship with her mother and her friends
it's a growing up novel, showing moral, intellectual and emotional developments of Annie's character
Kincaid also draw a picture of ...more
I related to the early parts of the novel which describe, very beautifully, the love and closeness ...more
It has been interesting to discover that ...more
Annie is very much attached to her mother but finds, with the onset of puberty, that things will never be the same again, and she becomes resentful. Annie goes from idolizing her mother to almost hating her.
When I picked up Annie John at a used bookstore recently, little did I know that I was about to discover an author who would have a profound effect on me. From the first pages, I was utterly entranced. The writing is deceptively simple, but the images are so vivid and powerful that I could not only picture them in my mind’s eye but feel them in my flesh as if I were Annie.
The novel opens with a chapter exploring young Annie’s fascination with death. This quickly progresses from an interest in...more
Her once perfect mother who she shared a bond with no longer seemed so pure. Her mom is now part enemy to her and she begun to fake a connection. She struggled with ...more
This book is a coming-of-age story of a girl in Antigua, beginning when she’s 10 and ending when she’s 17. More than anything else the book focuses on Annie’s relationship with her mother; they are ...more
Takes place in Antiqua and is a sort of autobiography of Annie John, who starts out being around 5 when the book begins and 17 and leaving home by its end.
She is a very odd kid, and odd not in a good or quirky way either. She constantly 'falls in love' with girls in her school and it does not take much for her to take off her clothes with either boys or girls in secluded places.
One of her great 'loves' ...more
Jamaica Kincaid was born in Antigua. She has set this coming of age story in her birth country.
Annie John is an only child and too precocious for her own good. She is very smart, 'gets it' before anyone else in the class, so gets into trouble, talking and defacing at least one textbook. She gets soundly punished for that mistake.
Her relationship with her mother is tenuous at best. Some days she is loving, but others down right hateful.
So... Annie John is ...more
I have a nephew, well-mannered and intelligent, now 20 years old. All his life he has lived with his parents in California. Except for the last six years (his only sibling, a sister, was born six years ago), he was an only child. He now wants to leave home, go to Texas by himself, away from his family, to work or study. His parents could not understand it.
Jamaica Kincaid wrote this book from the point of view of a child like that. Except ...more
As a preteen I consumed dozens and dozens of novels a year, but few engraved themselves as deeply in my memory as this postcolonial Caribbean coming-of-age ...more
Despite the cover’s implication that this book is about a little girl, this is Not reading suitable for young children. True--teenage girls may well identify with Annie’s painful process of emotional disengagement with her lovely mother. In eight sparse vignettes Kincaid bares her soul as she recounts her psychological journey from an adoring only-daughter of ten into a resentful and rebellious teenager.
Raised on the island nation of Antigua in the West ...more
Annie wasn't a likeable character, though I suppose few young teenage girls are likeable in real life. So in that way Kincaid's portrayal of the girl felt very real, but at the same time, it's hard to love such a selfish and often cruel character.
Annie has a tendency to become obsessed with her ...more