A Small Place-A Witty Take-down of Tourist Privilege on a Beloved Island.
'Antigua is beautiful. Antigua is too beautiful. Sometimes the beauty of it seems unreal. Sometimes the beauty of it seems as if it were stage sets for a play.' in the closing lines of her essay collection, we can feel Kincaid's dedication and love for her island, yet this did not stop her from speaking to inheritances that plague, help, and hinder the society.
Jamaica Kincaid strips away all illusions in a voice dripping wit and sharp critique with respect to her island, Antigua. As we travel along, from the airport to the hotel to the beaches, Kincaid with utmost honesty unveils the colonialistic history and present day imprints that still mark the landscape of her homeland. The lifestyle of the corrupt, wily, and the not so fortunate is put to the reader, all the while the implication of this social hierarchy is always present.
The characteristics that Kincaid flay open are so familiar and resonate clearly with one who is from the Caribbean and has heard or experiences what she so unabashedly relates in these essays. How the colonizers took until there was nothing left, leaving the colonized with scars so deep they are reflected in every piece of land, every building, behaviour, way of life, thought.
Kincaid questions why even after independence, so many rules, roles, practices, and celebrations remain that are there almost certainly to serve as a balm or tribute to England. A collection of short, sharp essays that every islander should read to arouse a certain desire to assess the history and heritage of their own countries.