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Fiction Map Of The World- Antigua

by Travelbag on 23 December 2014, 12:12PM Fiction Map Of The World- Antigua

If you take a trip to Antigua, you will learn what the word relaxation means. It might sound like a cliché, but this curiously shaped rock is surrounded by beaches of the finest white sand and the clearest, calmest azure waters. On this island, life really is a beach and it is waiting for you to start the party. 

There is a reason why the likes of Eric Clapton and Oprah Winfrey take their holidays here – it is breathtakingly beautiful, and the people are some of the friendliest on the planet.
 
Essential Holiday Reading
As a post-colonial island, Antigua has a diverse mix of languages and cultures, not just Caribbean. Its vibrant history, and even livelier present, means that it is a fertile place to nurture and grow a literary imagination, and plenty of acclaimed writers have been inspired by Antigua. For a thrilling read, on your next trip to this tropical paradise, pick up the remarkable Unburnable, by Marie-Elena John. This sprawling crime drama/murder mystery is split between the Caribbean and Washington DC, and follows Lillian Baptiste as she is drawn back home by the lure of scandals and secrets from her past. It is a truly storming read, and would suit any avid book fan with a penchant for darker mysteries.
 
Notable Antiguan Books
The 1995 novel, The Autobiography of My Mother, by Jamaica Kincaid, is very well known in Antigua. It is also highly regarded, despite being surprisingly controversial amongst western scholars. This book, which follows the tale of Xuela Claudette Richardson, explores themes of motherhood, colonialism, race, love, loss, fear and redemption. It has been criticised for its anger and simplicity, but Kincaid has always been staunch in the belief that this is an unfair assertion. She is certainly championed by a long list of great novelists, including Susan Sontag and Derek Walcott, the 1992 Nobel Laureate. If you have any interest in the history of this beautiful island, Kincaid is a more than skilful guide – take a chance and pick up one of her novels for your next trip.
 
Notable Antiguan Authors
If you are looking to dive into something fresh and modern, give the magnificent Joanne C Hillhouse a try – her short story Amelia at Devil’s Bridge was featured in the Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean anthology. She is also the author of Oh, Gad, a rousing novel about a woman facing cross cultural conflicts, and desperately to redefine her family, her home and the country that she has always felt estranged from. In some ways, Hillhouse is a natural successor to authors like Kincaid – Oh, Gad certainly shares certain narrative characteristics with The Autobiography of My Mother. For a fresh and contemporary read, give this young author a try on your next trip. 
Notable Antiguan Films
The Antiguan film industry is a lively and vital place, which produces all kinds of different movies. It does not matter where your personal tastes happen to lie, you will find a movie that appeals to you here. If you want to get stuck into the culture of this island, give some of its domestic films a try – there is No Seed, a drama which explores the subtle nuances of Caribbean politics. Plus, there is also horror flick, The Skin, which follows a young couple as they encounter strange occurrences, in the wake of finding and selling an ancient artefact. In 2001, The Sweetest Mango was released to acclaim on the island – it tells the story of a woman who returns to her island home and becomes involved in a complicated love triangle.  
  
Essential Holiday Listening
If you want to get the party atmosphere started on your next trip, load up your iPod with lively tunes from El-A-Kru, the most famous soca band in Antigua. If you are not familiar with soca music, it is a mixture of calypso, funk and soul – it is fast, raucous and designed to be the soundtrack to a night of dancing, drinking and making merry. The name of this soca collective can be translated as ‘the little Antigua Crew, but there is nothing little about their sound. They might not be ideal for lazy afternoons at the beach, but when it comes to the pool party afterwards – you will want El-A-Kru on call.
 
Notable Antiguan Musicians
If it has been said once, it has been said a thousand times – nowhere does music like the Caribbean. The island of Antigua comes alive, every evening, with the lively strains of soca and calypso. You can get on top of the beat, by listening to artists like Claudette Peters and Tizzy, two of the most popular female soca singers in Antigua. If you prefer something a little more relaxed, try a little Arianne Whyte. This beautiful songstress has just released her debut album titled The Music in Me. Or, there is Thea Harris, a singer who combines delicate soul melodies with jazz beats and funk sensibilities.   
 


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