Page Count: 96
Excerpt: "It is as if, then, the beauty—the beauty of the sea, the land, the air, the trees, the market, the people, the sounds they make—were a prison, and as if everything and everybody inside it were locked in and everything and everybody that is not inside it were locked out. And what might it do to ordinary people to live in this way every day? What might it do to them to live in such heightened, intense surroundings every day?"
In this autobiographical account, Jamaica Kincaid tackles travel from a different perspective: that of the native, whose home is regularly overrun by tourists. Kincaid speaks about her memories of colonial Antigua, condemning both the Antiguan government and the tourism industry, while contrasting the experiences of visitors and residents. Her exposure of such harsh truths is a tough but necessary read, especially for those of us who have been tourists.
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