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A Small Place

Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
Categories: History, World
4.5 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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From the award-winning author of Annie John comes a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua.

"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 10-by-12-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.

©2016 Jamaica Kincaid (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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powerful and poetic

Kincaid's description of Antigua are beautiful and Stark. She doesn't hold any punches, as she eviscerates Colonial Masters and their impact on the island. to read this book is to feel like a visitor Antigua to be a visitor is to feel like an outsider and a bit judged, but you also feel that judgment is warranted and more of a call to action in a condemnation

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not bad

This book was good details about what jamaican life is from a different perspective, and let you understand that perspective well.

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Perfect Narration

Anyone whose heard of this story already knows how wonderfully written it is. What I want you to know is that it's beautifully narrated by a woman with an accent well suited for this narrative. She breathes life into Kincaid's words. It's like magic.

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Wonderful story and a wonderful storyteller.

Jamaica Kincaid is a brilliant storyteller. Her fiction and essays are glaringly honest, humorous, and heartbreaking. It was a pleasure to be able to continue "reading" the novel when I was away from my Kindle. Finally, the narrator's performance was terrific and really made the story come to life.

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Captivating

I chose to listen to this book in Lou of reading it. What a delight! The narrator did a wonderful job emphasizing the descriptions, sarcasm, VA, and the story. I highly recommend you read this one. Will change the way you think about Island vacations.