STEPHEN KELMAN For the traveller I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing dance than teach ten thousand stars how n. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman - extract. Document. Pages. Notes. Text. Zoom. CLOSE. Previous for “” Next. p. 1. Loading Loading. p. 2. Loading Loading . Reader's Guide. Pigeon English. Stephen Kelman. Bloomsbury. Price £ Pigeon English is. Stephen Kelman's first novel.
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Full text of "Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman - extract". See other formats. You could see the blood. It was darker than you thought. It was all on the ground. Read an excerpt from Stephen Kelman's Guardian First Book Award-longlisted novel. Sample the first chapter of Stephen Kelman's Book prize-shortlisted tale of a stabbing on a London estate and the young boy from Ghana who.
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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified download. This Booker Prize longlisted novel is narrated by Harrison Opuku, an 11 year old boy who has recently emigrated to an impoverished south London neighborhood along with his mother and older sister, while his father and baby sister remain behind in Ghana. His mother works long hours as a midwife, and he and his sister Lydia are left mainly to fend for themselves.
He lacks a father or other adult male authority figure that he can relate to, and falls under the influence of a local gang of older boys who terrorize younger kids in his school and conduct random acts of violence in the neighborhood, with little deterrence from the adults who live there or the local police, who are generally viewed as incompetent and hostile. The novel opens with the stabbing death of a schoolboy on a sidewalk near Harri's flat.
Harri does not know the boy well, as he is older and goes to another school, but he and his friends vow to find out who murdered him. Inspired by the American television show CSI, the boys use their fledging detective skills to spy on potential suspects and gather fingerprints and other specimens from the crime scene. Harri is generally well liked by his classmates, as he is a fast runner and a good fighter, and he eagerly participates in typical boyhood pranks and games.
His home life is a bit dull, as his older sister finds him to be a bother, and he befriends a pigeon who serves as a companion, confidant, and guardian angel. As the story progresses, the identity of the boy's killer is obvious to the reader, but not to Harri, whose investigation intensifies as he gathers more clues and puts himself in danger.
Pigeon English was written in honor of Damilola Taylor, a 10 year old Nigerian boy who was murdered in in the south London neighborhood of Peckham, along with other children in the UK who experience fear and violence on a daily basis, and is also based on the author's own childhood experiences and people he encountered as a child and young adult. Harrison's voice and character are maddening, lovable, and ultimately unforgettable, and this is one of the better coming of age stories that I've read.
The novel's main flaw is the character of the guardian pigeon, whose comments I found inscrutable and whose presence was unnecessary and distracting, which caused me to knock half a star off of my rating of this otherwise superb novel. It is also a very timely one, given the recent acts of violence in impoverished neighborhoods in south London and elsewhere.
I doubt that Pigeon English will win this year's Booker Prize or even make the longlist, but it is a novel that was enjoyable and deserves to be widely read. Hardcover Verified download.
For the first part of the book I could not figure out why I kept picking it back up again, but then I suddenly found myself within Harri's world, sharing his confidences and perceptions.
The chattering of the child reveals flashes of striking prose such as when Harri wonders about the right way to become a super hero, what powers to possess, drifting to matter of fact considerations of how those powers might have saved a friend's father "when the Ethiopians came. The merging of a child's fantasies and the violence he accepts are carried along within his upbeat commentary on the world he wants to explain to us - or to the pigeon.
If you need a plot driven novel forget this one. If you might enjoy the gritty, engaging and humorous enchantment of this child's experience you won't regret downloading the book. I had to wait a long time to get this book Especially timely as we as a nation grapple with our open arms to immigrants history.
Great dialogue is a joy to read-even in pigeon English! One person found this helpful. I started the New Year right by waking early and finishing Pigeon English. This story narrated by the protagonist, a young immigrant to England named Harri was startling. I was grabbed by the boy's innocence, saddened by the lessons he learned as the story progressed and released by the fitting ending. All of the characters were well drawn and received their due.
Harri drew me into his world to the extent that some of the scenes made me quiver. I was not disappointed by this book as I have been by so many this past year. Read it. It will enrich your life. Paperback Verified download. A first-person, jaunty and cheeky novel about a young, immigrant boy caught in a tough world in England.
It is engaging, although sometimes a little hard to follow because of the colloquialisms. This book is written in a style that takes a little while to get to grips with but once you do it is quite wonderful and very funny!
I would recommend this book. Such an engaging gem of a book. Vibrant and colourful depiction of life of a 12 year old boy in a tower block estate in Engand. Beautiful writing brings to life an intriguing story, all told through the eyes of the boy who is drawn into the dark events around him. Compelling, warm and deeply moving. I loved it. This is a book you have to be patient with at first then you get into it and it's intriguing. Gives an insight to a world of the innocent child in a very volatile tough neighbourhood.
The contrasts he sees with where he has come from are interesting too. See all 61 reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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