Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Pigeon Engish is a heart breaking story at Harri, who along with his sister and mother, move from Ghana to an indigent inner city project. Harri makes a convincing eleven year old narrator, feisty and first, in disparity to the misfortune that surround him in the form of dearth, prostitution and gangs. As Harri tries to navigate his new life he finds himself evenly deterred but yet enthralled by the crime that surrounds him. I was extremely touched by and dismayed by many elements of this story, knowing the reality as I grew up in the same element.

5 Stars

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