Mr. Potter by Jamaica Kincaid audiobook

Mr. Potter

By Jamaica Kincaid
Read by Robin Miles

Blackstone Publishing 9780374528744
5.47 Hours Unabridged
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A great writer’s lush, panoramic novel: the story of an ordinary man, his century, and his home. Jamaica Kincaid’s first obsession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who makes his living along the wide, open roads that pass the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. The sun shines squarely overhead, the ocean lies on every side, and suppressed passion fills the air. Misery infects the unstudied, slow pace of this island and of Mr. Potter’s days. As the narrative unfolds in linked vignettes, his story becomes the story of a vital, crippled community. Kincaid strings together a moving picture of Mr. Potter’s ancestors—beginning with memories of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide—and the outside world that presses in on his life, in the form of his Lebanese employer and, later, a couple fleeing World War II. Within these surroundings, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters—one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies and tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy. In Mr. Potter, her most luminous, ambitious work to date, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging gloriously out of an unexamined life.

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Summary

Summary

A Booklist Top 10 Pick of Historical Fiction on Audio

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Booklist Top of the List Pick of Books By, About, and Voiced by Black Women

A great writer’s lush, panoramic novel: the story of an ordinary man, his century, and his home.

Jamaica Kincaid’s first obsession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who makes his living along the wide, open roads that pass the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. The sun shines squarely overhead, the ocean lies on every side, and suppressed passion fills the air.

Misery infects the unstudied, slow pace of this island and of Mr. Potter’s days. As the narrative unfolds in linked vignettes, his story becomes the story of a vital, crippled community. Kincaid strings together a moving picture of Mr. Potter’s ancestors—beginning with memories of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide—and the outside world that presses in on his life, in the form of his Lebanese employer and, later, a couple fleeing World War II. Within these surroundings, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters—one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies and tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy.

In Mr. Potter, her most luminous, ambitious work to date, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging gloriously out of an unexamined life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kincaid’s most poetic and affecting novel.” Washington Post Book World
“Kincaid’s clear-sighted, poetic novel…is spellbinding. Amazon.com
“Miles’ beautiful Antiguan accent holds listeners in thrall as she performs the hypnotic, lyrical prose, and her cadenced reading enables listeners to navigate the leaps between time periods and characters.” Booklist (starred audio review)
“This fictionalized account…finds a vehicle in Robin Miles’ exquisite narration. She provides it with genuineness and humanity that seem lacking on the page. Employing a range of emotional tones in a consistent and accurate Caribbean accent, Miles turns Mr. Potter from problematic to human, albeit flawed…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Kincaid has, magically, transformed the reader’s consciousness; so we realize with a shock that we’ve moved, with the narrator, from a cold-hearted contempt for Mr. Potter to a kind of purified, unsentimental sympathy.” Sun (Baltimore)
“As in her previous books, Kincaid has exquisite control over her narrator’s deep-seated rage, which drives the story but never overpowers it and is tempered by a clear-eyed sympathy…[A] taut and often spellbinding novel.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“All human beings ‘are made up of their past’ in the deepest sense, Kincaid observes, yet, as her angry and sad, ultimately merciful and cathartic novel dramatizes and proves, the vicious cycle of lovelessness can be broken.” Booklist (starred review)
“Like Kincaid’s previous works, Mr. Potter is full of disillusion; the narrator sees through the world to the paradox at its center, acknowledging a dialectic in which ‘your joy is your sorrow, your joy has not turned to sorrow, your joy was always your sorrow.’ The result is vivid and affecting reading.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 12/22/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Stream-of-consciousness is golden-

Robin Miles, the narrator, brings to our ears a great deal of what I think Ms. Kincaid intended in terms of the love of daughter and father. Taking place in Antigua, Mr. Potter, Jamaica’s father, lives a rather simple life, not being able to read or write. Through his many experiences of mixing with his employer, daughter and the many natives of the island, we realize the impact of colonialism on his effort to just be him. Ms. Kincaid uses the technique of repetition and stream-of-consciousness to convey much of this heartwarming story that traverses the intriguing experiences compassionately. This is a listening experience that musters up emotions, should you be familiar with the environment and situations, and at the same time, for those less familiar with Antigua, it’s impressive with the visuals described around Mr. Potter.

Author

Author Bio: Jamaica Kincaid

Author Bio: Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid, a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2017, is the author of short stories, novels, and nonfiction. Her 2013 novel See Now Then was a New York Times bestseller. She was born in St. John’s and is a former reporter for the New Yorker magazine.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English