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Jamaica Kincaid

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Jamaica Kincaid

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Argument, Memoir, Nonfiction

At a Glance

A Small Place exposes the difficult truth about life on the Caribbean island of Antigua, where author Jamaica Kincaid spent her childhood. Kincaid's Antigua suffers from the effects of European colonization and racism perpetuated by modern tourism, from the challenges of self-rule, and from its citizens' isolated worldview. Kincaid implicates both well-meaning white tourists and black Antiguans in the country's troubles. With a forceful, urgent tone and a deep love for the author's homeland, A Small Place is one of the best known and most controversial essays about the Caribbean islands.

Perspective and Narrator

A Small Place is written mostly from a second-person point of view. This narrative choice creates a confrontational tone with readers, who become personally involved in the story as its antagonists. Jamaica Kincaid also uses her own first-person point of view.

About the Title

A Small Place refers to the small size of the island of Antigua—"nine miles wide by twelve miles long." It also indicates the world's view of Antigua as a minor, insignificant place.


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