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Jamaica Kincaid the Picasso of Literature Far out to the horizon the colour of the water is navy-blue nearer the water is the colour of the North American sky the water is pale silvery clear so clear Kincaid A Small Place This tropical heaven of the Carribean island Antigua serves as a physical and symbolic backdrop for the paradise turned hell Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid is not a book which will appeal to younger readers They will not be able to sort through the layers and see through the simplicity of the text An advanced reader will appreciate this rich and deep novel accented by the element of subtlety imposed by Kincaid The novel unfolds as Annie comes to the realization that she and her mother are growing apart The crumbling relationship unfolds in eight distinctive episodes leading to Annies departure from Antigua In its distinct setting and accurate portrayal of the tribulations of adolescence Annie John is a novel all women will enjoy Kincaid grew up on the Island of Antigua and left as Annie did when she was sixteen A novel claimed by critics to be autobiographical is partially denied by Kincaid The feelings in it are autobiographical says Kincaid in an interview with Cudjoe The novel comes across an honest portrayal of girl breaking free from her mother and the culture she doesnt fit into The sincere empathy Kincaid has for Annie is apparent throughout the book Overlapping elements such as details used to explain a bigger meaning are a prominent and effective device used by Kincaid The entire book is set up in mini episodes and a single experience may be thoroughly described for several pages For example every physical aspect is used to explain the rebellious and intense nature of a character coined The Red Girl Kincaid describes her hair her big red moon face her shabby clothes and bad
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