Mr. Potter

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.47 hours)
Product Number: Z100104464
Released: Jan 17, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504743518
Narrator/s: Robin Miles
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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.

Author(s): Jamaica Kincaid
Original Publish Date: Jan 17, 2017

Professional reviews

"Fifteen years after it appeared in print, this fictionalized account--and accounting--of the novelist's father and her childhood viewpoint of him finds a vehicle in Robin Miles's 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: He's flagrantly misogynistic and has no discernible interest in personal reflection. Kincaid's take, however, creates a man who is believable and a relationship, from her viewpoint, that is not quite sympathetic but at least perceptive of his character independent of what she needs from a father. F.M.R.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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