Now I know to expect and to look forward to! And from the beginning, I knew that A Small Place would trigger a strong reaction from my students. From a pedagogical point of view, there were some real benefits to these responses. We could discuss tone would the argument have been more effective if it had been gentler on its audience?
Every time I do, I get swallowed into the strangeness of her short but not so sweet prose. Reading her work is like sinning: It only feels like that because she brutally exposes the harsh reality of Caribbean life as either an islander, a West-Indian woman, a politician or a member of the elite and, as a reader, one can only suffer from guilt or recognition.
A Small Place is the perfect embodiment of it all. Understandably, Kincaid suffered many negative reviews and chastisement for what seems to be her nonchalant boldness but in the book she remains true to her goal and that calls for positive feedback as well. A Small Place is a four-part essay written in a conversational style.
It begins with Kincaid encouraging the reader to conceptualize being a tourist to the pink and white sands of Antigua. En route to a luxury hotel, she explains the reasons behind all the Japanese cars on the roads as taxis — things that only an Antiguan would know — as well as the historical ties of local mansions.
She also introduces the library and then explains why natives do not actually like tourists.
Kincaid reminisces about her childhood and how Antigua may have been a better place in that time, despite the fact that the only roads paved were the ones the Queen or a princess used once.
Kincaid explains the effects of colonialism that are still evident in different forms, but in a very personal format, expressing all her frustration and anger towards colonialists behind their various masks.
She blames the Minister of Culture and Education for letting the library and the education system remain neglected, and the government for many other situations that any Caribbean islander knows about.
The ending of her composition, the fourth section, is my favourite. This is where Kincaid describes beautiful little Antigua and its people; an island so beautiful that its atmosphere is surreal and bitter-sweet to Antiguans who are trapped in its scenery but also its impoverished state.
The slave descendants, however, are just ordinary like everyone else around the world. A Small Place is, well, a small book!
I would recommend it to anyone except a sensitive tourist knowing full well that it will evoke a reaction akin to annoyance, empowerment or rage. Jamaica Kincaid and her works are admired by Sir Derek Walcott. She is scheduled to be the featured lecturer for our Nobel Laureate Festival.
This book is available at The bookYard. Visit us today, email us at the bookyard stluciastar.Enter A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid. Published in , A Small Place takes the genres of autobiography, fiction, and travel guide, tosses them into the brutal blender of history, and presents a no-holds-barred portrait of Antigua, the small island nation she was born and raised in.
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Summary | Major English A Small Place Jamaica Kincaid Class: 11 In her essay “A Small Place” Jamaica Kincaid reveals the vast gap between the everyday life of Antiguans and the people who visit the island. In fact, by attacking the tourists, she is also attacking the corrupt government of Antigua.
Antigua, a beautiful and sunny island, is often visited by tourists. A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid.
The beginning of A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid opens in second-person and talks about the tourism in a post-independent Antigua, in the British West Indies. Written in the 's the book is a natives view on how Antigua operates today, and how it differs from the past.
In other words, the “Jamaica Kincaid” who appears in A Small Place is a character—a highly edited version of the real Jamaica Kincaid—created by Kincaid to speak to the reader on her behalf.
Kincaid appears in the essay both in memory as a child, and in the present day as a grown-up who is trying to assess Antigua’s history and. Although this documentary on globalization in Jamaica isn't based on A Small Place, it uses a series of excerpts from the novel to bring its points home.
In this interview, Kincaid goes in-depth about her writing process, the critical reaction to A Small Place, and her response to those who consider.