"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.
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By KLG on 13-08-18
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.
By reader on 05-06-17
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.
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