A Small Place
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Dreesie - LibraryThing
In this memoir/essay, Kincaid describes Antigua of the early-mid 1980s, in all of its racism and corruption. This book is very angry--I listened on audio on Hoopla, and the narrator helped with that ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - peterbmacd - LibraryThing
The book is one of the most angry I've ever read, but perhaps that is what makes it a quick, unforgettable read. I would agree that the anger got in the way of a real argument, however. Read full review