Girl

PDF EBook by Jamaica Kincaid

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Though I've only had about a week or two of solid class, I'm in love with my Women in Lit course. Girl PDF EBook We discuss all kinds of women's issues (last names, education, etc.), and I'm always intrigued by the discussions. The caliber of books on the list makes me even more excited. Currently, we're reading Girl with a Pearl Earring (of course, I finished it a week ahead of time.). If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. But that's another review...

To bid our time before Girl with a Pearl Earring is due, we've been reading various short stories, the most recent being Girl by Jamaica Kincaid. My teacher read it aloud, and I was surprised by how much it struck me. It's short, only about a page, but it's so powerful you won't mind. The format is actually more like free verse poetry than a traditional short story format. A mother is giving her daughter a litany on how to be a woman: how to clean this and cook that, how to be charming and proper, how to induce an abortion, how to love and handle not being loved, etc. You rarely hear the daughter's voice since she only speaks up two or three times. My favorite line: "this is how to bully a man; download; this is how a man bullies you; this is how to love a man; and if this doesn't work there are other ways, and if they don't work don't feel too bad about giving up." How heartbreaking is that?

Kincaid delivers a startling and emotional portrayal of the exceptions on women in more traditional countries and highlights the helplessness of young girls to defy them. I highly recommend this story, and I look forward to more of Kincaid's work.
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