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A Small Place
A Small Place | Jamaica Kincaid
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A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua--by 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 airport named after him--why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ."So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up.Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.
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Billypar
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"You are not an ugly person all the time; you are not an ugly person ordinarily; you are not an ugly person day to day."
Kincaid opens this extended essay by gently chiding a tourist in Antigua for their ignorance and follows with a description of how Antigua's history with colonialism and slavery led to its present issues with government corruption. The tone is punchy, sarcastic, and light, without making light of an important subject.

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Suelizbeth
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I feel ashamed to call myself a tourist after reading this essay. Whenever and wherever we travel are we aware of our behavior and of how we are being perceived? This is just one aspect of Jamaica Kincaid‘s portrait of her homeland of Antigua. All that she highlights about Antigua is applicable to the wider world. Excellently well written. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MirrorMask
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Leftcoastzen A wonderful selection! Books so good you wish you could read them again for the first time!I have read Butler , but not Kindred ,need to read Kincaid. 11mo
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sombrasenlanoche
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This book opened my eyes on tourism and Post colonial living conditions that are often obscured and not represented. The author brings to light a dark side of capitalism and how developing countries are catering to the foreign populations and not the inhabitants who live there. 10/10

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prowlix
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This audiobook is just under 2 hrs. I listened to it straight through while doings some chores and cooking. Published in 1988, Kincaid writes about the complicated history of her country Antigua. It discusses the legacy of colonialism and the corruption that has followed liberation from the British. There's so much crammed into this slim account that I don't know how she did it. If you have an interest in the history of Caribbean, start here. 4⭐️

prowlix And if anyone has some recommendations for some meatier nonfiction about the Caribbean please leave it here! #Antigua #Colonialism #nonfiction 2y
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prowlix
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Finally came to a decision on the Audible spring sale! Even though I have a physical copy of Warmth of Other Sons I couldn't resist the sale price too! Also, 3 of the 4 books are done by the wonderful Robin Miles! #Bookhaul

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BarbaraTheBibliophage Love Robin Miles! 2y
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BookishFeminist
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More #BookMail! 📬🎉

I've never read any Jamaica Kincaid and this looked like a great place to start. It's an extended essay about Antigua, where she grew up. Its part love letter to its people, language, and customs, and part evisceration of colonialism and how it's damaged the country. Issues with colonialism and imperialism are firmly in my wheelhouse so I'm really looking forward to digging into this classic.

Leelee.reads It's very good! 3y
Notafraidofwords I'm sold. 3y
bookwrm526 I read this one for the first time in a Caribbean history class, and loved it. I've since read it a few more times. 3y
lauralovesbooks1 This one really made me think. It's a good read. 3y
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Susanita
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A book I want to read, written by a #commonwealthauthor #marchintoreading

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jdtchicago
A Small Place | Jamaica Kincaid

That the native does not like the tourist is not hard to explain. For every native of every place is a potential tourist, and every tourist is a native of somewhere. Every native everywhere lives a life of overwhelming and crushing banality and boredom...they are too poor to live properly in the place they live, which is the very place you, the tourist, want to go—so when the natives see you, the tourist, ...they envy your ability to leave...