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At the Bottom of the River (1978)

by Jamaica Kincaid

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At the bottom of the river by Jamaica Kincaid is a colourful and poetic evocation of the Caribbean. The prose has a thoroughly poetic quality. Rhythmic repetition of sentence patterns and words hints at the rhythms of life, short sentences at a relative simplicity. Beauty is enhanced by detail-rich descriptions of people and the surrounding natural world.

With this work Kincaid completely lives up to her reputation. The book gave me exactly the reading pleasure I was hoping to find. ( )
1 vote edwinbcn | Mar 23, 2012 |
Short stories that read like poetry. Trance-like, dream-like. Very unique voice. ( )
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Jamaica Kincaidprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carasso, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dam, Irma vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Esposito, MirkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huet, JacquelineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirsch, SarahTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reinholdson, MadeleineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suga, KeijirōTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viza, Alejandro PérezTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jamaica Kincaid's inspired, lyrical short stories

Reading Jamaica Kincaid is to plunge, gently, into another way of seeing both the physical world and its elusive inhabitants. Her voice is, by turns, naively whimsical and biblical in its assurance, and it speaks of what is partially remembered partly divined. The memories often concern a childhood in the Caribbean--family, manners, and landscape--as distilled and transformed by Kincaid's special style and vision.

Kincaid leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things--a house, a cup, a pen. Transfiguring our human form and our surroundings--shedding skin, darkening an afternoon, painting a perfect place--these stories tell us something we didn't know, in a way we hadn't expected.

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