My Brother

by Jamaica Kincaid

Hardcover, 1997




New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997


Kincaid's poetic and often shockingly frank account of Devon's life is also the story of their family on the island of Antigua.

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LibraryThing member carterchristian1
I bring some background to my comments. I have lived in Antigua and knowk the places Kincaid refers to, I have heard her read from her best known book A Small Place to an Antigua audience. I think she is a very autobiographical author and bringing herself into the book is part of her style. Her tidbits of Antigua culture,especially family life are on target. But the strength of this book is a view of dying,not just her brother's death but those of others. The book meanders, it circles back,it repeats, but for any of us who have lost a family member and have such mixed feelings reflecting back on our earlier relationships I think this book makes us think,gives us a context for facing our own feelings of ambiguity with death.… (more)
LibraryThing member valzi
Interesting and well-written for about the first 1/4th of the book. Most of the rest of this memoir is fairly redundant. Even the prose is constituted of repetitive patterns by the end of the text, which is a stylistic choice, but a poor one.

Before that point though, the book is intriguing and holds much cultural interest. Kincaid has a lot to say about herself and her familial relationships, particularly with her mother.… (more)


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