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Pigeon English

por Stephen Kelman

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Lying in front of Harrison Opuku is a body, the body of one of his classmates, a boy known for his crazy basketball skills, who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television shows like CSI, Harri and his best friend, Dean, plot to bring the perpetrator to justice. They gather evidence-fingerprints lifted from windows with tape, a wallet stained with blood-and lay traps to flush out the murderer. But nothing can prepare them for what happens when a criminal feels you closing in on him.Recently emigrated from Ghana with his sister and mother to London?s enormous housing projects, Harri is pure curiosity and ebullience-obsessed with gummy candy, a friend to the pigeon who visits his balcony, quite possibly the fastest runner in his school, and clearly also fast on the trail of a murderer.Told in Harri's infectious voice and multicultural slang, Pigeon English follows in the tradition of our great novels of friendship and adventure, as Harri finds wonder, mystery, and danger in his new, ever-expanding world.… (mais)
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adult fiction; alternative narrator (11 year old boy)/ urban crime tragedy. Harri's family comes from Ghana--they now live in Britain (illegally) and face various challenges in their new neighborhood. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I brought this home from the library because of the description of the 2 characters - a boy from Ghana in London and a pigeon - but when I looked more closely the real focus of the book is a South London housing estate so I started off a bit on the wrong foot. I did like it - I enjoyed the speech of all the people in the book which really brought it to life - but got a bit impatient about half way through. By the time I had ploughed through the middle I was really worried about how he was going to wrap it up - but the very end was as good as the very beginning. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
The moving tale of a bright young boy from Ghana whose family has moved to London. There, he learns about love and superheroes and reptiles -- but also murder, bullying, and other crimes. A sweet tale that shows us the bitter truths about urban violence. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this even though it was an audio book (I usually struggle with them)
I loved Harri and his family.
I found the pigeon narrative a bit irritating
The ending wasn't what I was expecting, I had to back and actually read it in case I had misheard.
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  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
I admit to a sense of relief when I finished this novel. I had high hopes for it but like others I found the narrative voice became tiresome. Pigeon English, indeed. Although, I am sure it realistically portrays what it is to be an immigrant child growing up on an English housing estate, I found it unrelenting and not redeemed by any lightness of tone. The ending became inevitable. ( )
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Pigeon English is indeed a very impressive debut...Pigeon English has a fresh, undeniable appeal, but Kelman doesn’t entirely knock it out of the park. Plotting gets swept aside for long stretches in order to focus on the coming-of-age aspect of the novel, and Harri’s charm-assault eventually begins to flag. Italicized monologues from a kind of “spirit pigeon”— Harri’s favourite bird — feel contrived.

Kelman clearly has the instinct and the skills for future greatness. If this book doesn’t make him The Next Big Thing, there’s a good chance his next one will.

adicionada por vancouverdeb | editarThe Star, Emily Donaldson (Mar 25, 2011)
 
Pigeon English does an admirable job of revealing the frightened teenage boys behind gang members' tough façades. But it is too conscious of the gulf between its subjects and its inevitably middle-class readers to be truly convincing.
adicionada por geocroc | editarThe Observer, Rachel Aspden (Mar 13, 2011)
 
It is bad form to be rude about first novels, and a pleasure to praise them. Stephen Kelman’s has a powerful story, a pacy plot and engaging characters. It paints a vivid portrait with honesty, sympathy and wit, of a much neglected milieu, and it addresses urgent social questions.
adicionada por mikeg2 | editarThe Telegraph, Lewis Jones (Mar 7, 2011)
 
Stephen Kelman's debut is sympathetic if overhyped portrait of the frightened boys behind Peckham's gangs....It's called the murder weapon." Kelman has already been much praised for his ability to write from an 11-year-old's perspective, but here, as often in the first half of the novel, Harri's voice feels laboured and faux-naïf.....Pigeon English (which comes packaged with reading group discussion points such as "Has the novel in any way changed the way you think about youth gangs, knife crime or urban poverty?") does an admirable job of revealing the frightened teenage boys behind gang members' tough façades...
 

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Lying in front of Harrison Opuku is a body, the body of one of his classmates, a boy known for his crazy basketball skills, who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television shows like CSI, Harri and his best friend, Dean, plot to bring the perpetrator to justice. They gather evidence-fingerprints lifted from windows with tape, a wallet stained with blood-and lay traps to flush out the murderer. But nothing can prepare them for what happens when a criminal feels you closing in on him.Recently emigrated from Ghana with his sister and mother to London?s enormous housing projects, Harri is pure curiosity and ebullience-obsessed with gummy candy, a friend to the pigeon who visits his balcony, quite possibly the fastest runner in his school, and clearly also fast on the trail of a murderer.Told in Harri's infectious voice and multicultural slang, Pigeon English follows in the tradition of our great novels of friendship and adventure, as Harri finds wonder, mystery, and danger in his new, ever-expanding world.

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