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Kincaid here examines the geography and history of Antigua, where she was raised. We first see the island through the eyes of the typical North American tourist, who aims to exchange his or her own "everydayness" for that of someone without the same privilege. But rather than interpret Antiguan experience for outsiders, Kincaid lays bare the limits of her own understanding. She asks us to grasp the crime of empire in a new way, stressing that it can be understood only from a post-colonial point of view: surveying 20 years of a corrupt "free" government, she finds the inheritance of colonialism to be a commercial and governmental enterprise that serves individual interests. Antiguans, she effectively demonstrates, are ordinary people saddled with an unthinkable but unbreachable past. Mollie Brodsky, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“Ms. Kincaid writes with passion and conviction . . . [with] a poet's understanding of how politics and history, private and public events, overlap and blur.” ―The New York Times
“A jeremiad of great clarity and force that one might have called torrential were the language not so finely controlled.” ―Salman Rushdie
“A rich and evocative prose that is also both urgent and poetic . . . Kincaid is a witness to what is happening in our West Indian back yards. And I trust her.” ―Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Kincaid continues to write with a unique, compelling voice that cannot be found anywhere else. Her small books are worth a pile of thicker--and hollower--ones.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“This is truth, beautifully and powerfully stated . . . In truly lyrical language that makes you read aloud, [Kincaid] takes you from the dizzying blue of the Caribbean to the sewage of hotels and clubs where black Antiguans are only allowed to work . . . Truth, wisdom, insight, outrage, and cutting wit.” ―The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Wonderful reading . . . Tells more about the Caribbean in 80 pages than all the guidebooks.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
an awesome and very clean book! thanks. The item was very well kept as the sender had described even better than I expected. I am really happy with my product.Published on Feb. 6 2012 by sunny
Small Place is a very simple-written book. With a fascinating setting in Antigua is the story of the extraordinary conditions of the life of the people of Antigua. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2005 by Michael Brown
Exceptional, breathtaking. I have never in my entire life witnessed a god-given writing talent like this.Published on June 12 2004 by Beckett
This book is full of hate and racism on Kincaid's part. Would she have no tourists? What brings in the money? She should be a part of the solution not continue the problem.Published on Sept. 24 2003
Unfortunately, I had to buy A Small Place for my University of Michigan class on Latin America. I'm horrified that students and people will believe the West Indies is such a bad... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2003 by J. Sears
I am a pacifist, liberal, anti-racist, but lord help me if I wasn't a panting colonialist by the time I finished this rant. Hate breeds hate, right? Read morePublished on Dec 17 2002
The book is very simple to read and equally perceptive of the conditions that afflict the people of Antigua. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Maureen Mungai
Jamaica Kincaid writes an essay examining racial relations in her native island Antigua. She is very bitter about how blacks are treated in the Caribbean and rightfully so. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001 by Algernon Cargill