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Spot On ...
on 16 July 2012
This book didn't stop me from visiting Antigua at all, in fact, Jamaica Kincaid's observations in 'A Small Place' were spot on.
When I visited the island before I read her book, I always had my 'tourist hat on', and was oblivious to
the struggles of the indigenous population; the corruption that still haunts their politicians; and the failed
legacies that the British had left behind some time ago.
It was only after I had read her book, that everything she had written, fell into place when I went back to visit again.
The majority of cars were still in a much better state than the homes where people lived, and many of the islanders
that I spoke to were always complaining about the influx of the Guyanese & the Syrians who were hindering their own
job prospects, also, the politicians were still 'ducking & diving' to avoid the smears of corruption; and not forgetting
the influence of the long departed British is still much in evidence to this day (you only have to look at the
decaying statues & monuments, and the over reliance on a judicial system that still prolongs many a murder
trial on this island).
An evocative read, but a very accurate one ...