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At the Bottom of the River

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ISBN13: 9780374527341
ISBN10: 0374527342
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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.

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her many books include My Garden (Book); Talk Stories, a collection of her New Yorker writings; and Mr. Potter, a novel. In 2000 she was awarded the Prix Fémina Étranger for My Brother. Kincaid lives with her family in Vermont.

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, naïvely whimsical and biblical in its assurance, and it speaks of what is partly 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—all of the short stories in At the Bottom of the River tell us something we didn't know, in a way we hadn't expected.

Originally published in 1983, Jamaica Kincaid's first book immediately established her as a vibrant and hauntingly beautiful—and unique—voice in contemporary literature.

"These stories have all of poetry's virtues—care for language, joy in the sheer sounds of words, and evocative power . . . [These tales are] beautiful to listen to."—Anne Tyler, The New Republic

"Eccentric, visionary pieces [with] all the force of illumination, and even a prophetic power."—Edith Milton, The New York Times Book Review

"Kincaid jumps with grace and ease from the mundane to the enormous, and, fascinated, we believe her."—David Leavitt, The Village Voice

"Hers is a voice you have never heard before . . . Exhilarating to read and impossible to forget."—Doris Grumbach, The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and My Brother. She lives with her family in Vermont.

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jai41004, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by jai41004)
Usually short stories aren't for me but Jamaica Kincaid has such a way with words. I loved all of the stories in here. Kincaid writes so beautifully I can't help but keep reading. Her stories really capture and inspire you. After I read this book I seached out more of her books, she's one of my favories. Everyone should read them at some point.
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senedemba2000, June 7, 2012 (view all comments by senedemba2000)
it is a very interesting book !!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374527341
Author:
Kincaid, Jamaica
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Caribbean area
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Caribbean Area Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 38
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.31 x 5.94 x 0.275 in

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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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