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In A Small Place Jamaica Kincaid gives an account of a visit to the island of her birth after a twenty year absence The focus of the book is her reflections on the effects that British colonialism and its aftermath have had on the land of her birth The anger that Kincaid feels toward the British and toward her fellow Antiguans sets the tone for her scrutiny of her homeland She recounts her journey through Antigua in a bitter and hate filled voice While she acknowledges the positive influences and effects of British rule such as a good educational system she also expresses her disgust with the Antiguans for allowing that system to disintegrate and die under their independent rule Her descriptive passages are strong and vivid She shows two sides of this tropical vacation paradise called Antigua She does not try to imply that one view of the island is real and one view is not Instead she paints two very different views of island life When Kincaid left Antigua as a teenager she took with her memories of an island filled with sugarcane and cotton fields a beautiful place in spite of the British rule which she opposed so adamantly When she returns for the first time some fourteen years after Antigua has gained independence from the British she is disgusted to discover that the island has fallen into a pattern of decay and misuse Her anger at the current government and her unhappiness with the decline of her native country permeate the travelogue of Antigua that she dispenses in A Small Place This is a small easy to read and comprehend book which carries a powerful and hard to ignore message It is a non-fiction book which has been divided into four sections While Kincaids overt anger may annoy and even offend some readers it is impossible to ignore the pain and sorrow behind her words It
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