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A Small Place Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

By Jamaica Kincaid

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Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis


Always the nonconformist, Jamaica Kincaid wrote a novel that shatters all seven of Booker's stinkin' plots. Here's why:

  • There are only two real characters (the narrator and "you"), neither of whom actually does much of anything.
  • There are few scenes; we mostly just float around the island and learn its history.
  • There's no plot. This one's self-explanatory, right?

Ultimately, A Small Place reads more like non-fiction than fiction in that it explores a single subject from a variety of different angles. In a book like this, the story is really about increasing the reader's knowledge about the subject at hand.

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