What I Have Been Doing Lately Criticism

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Kincaid's style is perhaps one of the most applauded aspects of At the Bottom of the River. As Laurence Breiner noted in West Indian Literature, Kincaid "displayed prodigious technical virtuosity" in crafting At the Bottom of the River. Suzanne Freeman wrote in Ms. that "what Kincaid has to tell us, she tells . . . in a series of images that are as sweet and mysterious as the secrets that children whisper in your ear." Wendy Dutton, in World Literature Today, similarly stated Kincaid's use of language is "the magic of At the Bottom of the River." She commented that Kincaid's language is "as rhythmic and riddlesome as poetry." In the Times Literary Supplement, Ike Onwordi furthered this complement by stating that "Jamaica Kincaid uses language that is poetic without affectation. She has a deft eye for salient detail." Thulani Davis also noticed Kincaid's mastery of detail, and in an article...

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