Kieron Smith, Boy

Kieron Smith, Boy

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"I had cousins at sea. One was in the Cadets. I was wanting to join. My maw did not want me to but my da said I could if I wanted, it was a good life and ye saved yer money, except if ye were daft and done silly things. He said it to me. I would just have to grow up first.
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James Kelman's triumph in Kieron Smith, boy is to bring us completely inside the head of a child and remind us what strange and beautiful things happen in there.
Here is the story of a boyhood in a large industrial city during a time of great social change. Kieron grows from age five to early adolescence amid the general trauma of everyday life--the death of a beloved grandparent, the move to a new home. A whole world is brilliantly realized: sectarian football matches; ferryboats on the river; the unfairness of being a younger brother; climbing drainpipes, trees, and roofs; dogs, cats, sex, and ghosts.
This is a powerful, often hilarious, startlingly direct evocation of childhood.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 422 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 680.39g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised.
  • 0151013489
  • 9780151013487

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PRAISE FOR JAMES KELMAN "James Kelman possesses an astonishing voice . . . Read a page of Kelman and you can't help but laud his sheer virtuosity."--Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post Book World""" PRAISE FOR "YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL IN THE LAND OF THE FREE""""It may be the best book we've had thus far about the political and social reverberations of 9/11 in this country."--Dwight Garner, "The New York Times Book Review"
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232 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 26% (61)
4 32% (75)
3 19% (45)
2 15% (34)
1 7% (17)
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