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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Annie John, even though set in the West Indies and about a black Caribbean girl, is a work whose universally felt experience goes beyond allowing the novel to be neatly categorized as a piece of "ethnic" or "women's" writing. Born on Antigua, the island in which she sets the novel, Jamaica Kincaid catches many of the ways of being peculiar to this place. Maybe it is because Kincaid makes the setting home that we as readers find it so easy to slip into the story.
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