In Another Place, Not Here by Dionne Brand

In Another Place, Not Here

Acclaimed by Adrienne Rich as "fierce, sensuous . . . a work of great beauty and moral imagination," In Another Place, Not Here tells of two contemporary Caribbean women who find brief refuge in each other on an island in the midst of political uprising. Elizete, dreaming of running to another place to escape the harshness of her daily life on the island, meets Verlia, an urban woman in constant flight who has returned to her island birthplace wi...

Details In Another Place, Not Here

TitleIn Another Place, Not Here
Release DateFeb 2nd, 2000
PublisherGrove Press
GenreFiction, GLBT, Queer, Novels, Cultural, Canada, LGBT, Race

Reviews In Another Place, Not Here

  • Rowena
    "They thought that the time would come when they would live, they would get a chance to be what they saw, that was part of the hope that kept them. But ghostly, ghostly this hope, sucking their jaws into lemon seed, kiwi heart, skeletons of pawpaw, green banana stalk."- Dionne Brand, In Another Place, Not HereIf a favourite poet writes a novel, I'm probably going to read it, especially when the poet is Dionne Brand. I'm writing this review very s...
  • jo
    the first half of this book is prose poetry written in what i can best describe as trinidadian english, because that is the island-english i've heard that most closely approximates the language of this book. maybe it's another island. certainly it's another island. many of the localities have french names. i don't think localities in trinidad have french names.still, it's the caribbean and life is hell and two women love each other but life is he...
  • Eyona Goree
    In Another Place, Not Here is written in such an achingly gorgeous fashion, that if approached with sensitivity and a willingness to immerse yourself into the world provided, which you must in order to finish, it will leave you heartbroken, but transformed. Brand poetically and philosophically writes of love, abandonment, resistance, the emotional liberation and trauma of immigration, global perceptions of blackness within and without of the disa...
  • Or ha
    Where do we begin? I like her style. Brand concocts the Caribbean in rich images. You attempt to follow the word's choreography as they dance away from you, unsure how you ended up on the dance floor in the first place. She drops you in the midst. The story slips by and I tried to regain my bearings.But she is telling our stories mostly heard, seldom written. How grandmas smell blood for legitimacy, how elders watch your face and know who and who...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    For readers unaccustomed to the Black Caribbean vernacular that begins Dionne Brand’s 1996 novel In Another Place, Not Here—like me—there’s a bit of an initial hurdle to leap over to sink into this book. But trust me, it’s worth it; and sink in you truly do. Brand is an exhilarating poet and although this is a novel, it’s definitely a poet’s novel. There is something—many things, in fact—deliciously seductive about the language,...
  • Helena Zhang
    Artfully crafted, emotionally dense.
  • Jess
    Reality, reality and the dreaming of each other's reality and fantasy, a story of two Caribbean women who find refuge in each other in the midst of the turmoil around them. Yes, the stuff of life, but Brand beautifully crafts this story with hints of Fauulkner and Woolf.
  • Laura
    Heartbreaking, raw. Brand is a poet and this book is like an extended poem. She writes about same-sex love and revolution, imperialism, slavery, diasporic West Indians. It's so rich.
  • Diane
    I am left stunned with the ending of this book. Brand's ability to craft the story with the perfect words allowed me to enter more deeply into the story. Tragic and uplifting. Verlia truly, finally went to another place, and it was not here. The final book for class and I am left stunned.
  • Rachel
    More poetry than a novel, it was hard to stay focused on the story - definitely a book you should take your time with if you have the opportunity to do so, which I did not!
  • Jude
    I wish I could give this book all the stars in the sky.
  • Chloë
    Difficult, angry, beautiful.
  • spoon
    i can read this book for the rest of my life and be deeply, utterly satisfied.
  • Madeline
    There are two worlds here in this city where she arrives years earlier with a shoe box of clippings. One so opaque that she ignores it as much as she can - this one is white and runs things; it is as glassy as its downtown buildings and as secretive; its conversations are not understandable, its motions something to keep an eye on, something to look for threat in. The other world growing steadily at its borders is the one she knows and lives in. ...
  • Nicollette Buckle
    Im glad I made it to the end.There were parts of the book that were hard to read because of the author's writing style (ie: prose; streams of conciseness in creole; jarring change of setting/tense... etc.). The second half was much easier to navigate than the first and it clarified a lot of the confusion we see in the first half of the novel.I like the subject matter (immigration, blackness, organizing a social movement, love, queer identities, a...
  • Juliet Wilson
    After the difficult first chapter, i found myself loving this book. It is an atmospheric story of oppression and revolution, love and loss. The descriptions are beautiful and the characters internal lives are laid bare. The problem is that all this beautiful language and internal explorations means that the narrative is sometimes hard to follow, actually sometimes there doesn't seem to be any narrative at all. I did find myself geographically and...
  • Philip Lane
    I found this book difficult to read, the language in the first half is very often a bit of a barrier as it is mostly a Carribean dialect or patois. Much of the book approaches stream of consciousness and I found it a struggle to keep up with the characters. That said I did get a strong sense of emotion coming from both the female protagonists, their sense of striving for a better life and discontent with their current situation, their suffering a...
  • Neville Tirimba Ogoti
    The poetic style of the novel makes it a compelling read. However in the middle, even the magnificent poetry seems inadequate to compensate for a lack of proper story-telling.
  • Leigh Matthews
    This book falls into the category of 'literature that I think is amazing, but that just isn't grabbing me right now.' One to revisit!
  • Stephen Bess
    I loved the rich Caribbean language in this book. Honestly, I need to read it again, but I feel it was an enjoyable read.
  • Yvonne
    I could never get a flow with this book. The central characters were distant. As a reader I felt like I was in another place, not the story.