My Brother

My Brother

by Jamaica Kincaid
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My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid's brother Devon Drew died of AIDS on January 19, 1996, at the age of thirty-three. Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother's life and death is also a story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer's mother. My Brother is an unblinking record of a life that ended too early, and it speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families.

My Brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466828865
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/09/1998
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 197
Sales rank: 770,108
File size: 174 KB

About the Author

Jamaica Kincaid's books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, A Small Place, Lucy, and The Autobiography of My Mother. She lives in Vermont.

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, Lucy, The Autobiography of My Mother, and My Brother. She lives with her family in Vermont.

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My Brother 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid is an account about her youngest brother Devon's AIDS-related death. Remembering her role in the final years of his life, the story examines the nature of love, family ties, sacrifice, and death. An important message is about family. What does it mean to be a family? Even though she didn't ever personally know her brother who was born with aids until the end. She finds that her struggle to not care is a greater battle, almost an inner conflict with ones integrity. "I felt myself being swallowed up in a large vapor of sadness...I became afraid that he would die before I saw him again...It surprised me that I loved him; I could see that was what I was feeling, love for him, and it surprised me because I did not know him at all." This was my favorite quote in the book, when she going to go back to her bothers. She left when she was 16 and they where five and seven because of how bad her mother was to her. I think this really shows that when someone's family and they need you, you go. Because you love them no matter what. This was a huge inner conflict with Jamaica since the time she left as a young women, why should you care about someone you don't even know? The book really shows you what it means to have compassion and love for a stranger. That kinda made me think that if everyone in the world cared for another human just because we are all trying to get through life, I believe our world would be a way better because we are happy. This book also helped me to become aware of what it's like to have aids in a place where there isn't any medical help. Devon is just lying in a hospital bed waiting to die, because his family cant afforded the medicine. And the struggle of just aids, he finally is taken to get treatment in the US and it works, at first. Now they are able to become a family and talk about what went wrong in the family, and start to feel what its like to be one big family. However the battle with aids ends up taking the brothers life, and even after his death Jamaica says that if it wasn't for her brothers Devon's battle with aids her family would of never of healed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author visits her brother who is dying of AID's on the Island of Antigua. The story is quite emotional and the descriptions are graphic. Their were several interesting incidents in this biography such as the burning of the books and the attack of the red ants. You might also learn several things about AID's that you might not have known. Overall, this book is decent and I would recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author Jamaica Kincaid speaks /tells the story. Sometimes other author's voices are not professional but in this case, her voice is clear and beautiful. This part of her autobiography deals with her relationship with her brother. He has contracted the HIV virus and is in the hospital. He looks terrible. Jamaica Kincaid blasts the hospitals not having AZT for their patients that are HIV. She says that the hospital was never any good, perhaps referring to the British colonial administration, but now she says it's terrible. She goes on to describe the dirt on the revolving fan in 'the' HIV room, sometimes falling off. She says the island government is corrupt. She is able to bring the AZT from the U.S. and he recovers only to relapse with his promiscuous sexual activity. I felt great frustration at this point in the book. A person coming so close to death, escaping only to do it all over again. He is 33 years old. Jamaica Kincaid also examines the relationship of her brothers to her mother and her relation to her mother. She says that her mother is great with children but not empathic with her adult offspring. She tells of her mother burning the collection of books that Jamaica Kincaid had. It was hard to believe that a mother could do that to her daughter. There are many other interesting explorations with a sense of balance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jamaica Kincaid's brother died from the aids virus. This book is about her dealing with this loss. Although she was older and never knew him that well she visited him ni the hospital often. Her brother Devon was involved in unprotected sex, as well as drugs. By the time he died Jamaica had a family of her own, but she got her brother medicine from a Doctor in the U.S.A. Their family lived on the island of Antigua where medical attention was hard to get. When he dies its about half way through the book. The rest of the book is how their family deals with the fact of the Aids virus and the loss of their family member. This book was decent , but it got pretty boring after he died, it was a little to emotional, and to me just unintresting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I think all could have been said in a lot less that almost 200 pages..maybe about in a third of the pages...the author is quite repetitious at times and some of the descriptions are quite graphic. I learned a few things about AIDS that I did not know... I think the author has some forgiveness to do of her own and perhaps in reading this book it will give the reader a better understanding of why it does no good to hold on to bitter and hatefull feelings..maybe this was her way of letting go......I hope so!