My Brother Essay

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In the following review, Wachman finds that My Brother exhibits less anger than Kincaid's previous works and focuses on "the authenticity of the voice—her brother's or her own."

To read Jamaica Kincaid's memoir, My Brother, is to re-experience her unforgettable narrative voice, revisiting Antigua over the three years that Devon is dying of AIDS, andre-characterizing the island, her mother and the child/adolescent self chronicled in her earlier books. The lucid, assertive, deceptively simple voice takes its time in fleshing out the figures of the memoir, both in their present and in the past, circling around Devon and the multiple meanings of his life, illness and death. The narrative loops between the United States and Antigua, contrasting Kincaid's "now privileged North American way" with the lives of her brothers and mother. It recalls both the double setting of Lucy and the triple denunciation in A Small Place...

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