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  1. says:

    Asweh, I spent hell of donkey hours reading this, got ants in my pant getting through the pigeon parts hutious Made me go red eyes proper , wore out my bo stylez trainers Diadoras walking back and forth laughing full stop and getting all stomachy over the mad crazy adventures of Harri and his sister Chlamydia For real Advise yourself Totally fine good book, better than X Men, innit but for realz for real, a very impressive first novel by Stephen Kelman Pigeon English s obvious to me point of comparison would be Mark Haddon s The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night Time, but only on the surface For what it s worth, I think this is a little better than Curious Incident, which I liked just fine For our narrator is the eleven year old, Year Seven student, and recent Ghana migr Harri Opoku, a good natured kid who just wants to fit in with his friends in one of the impoverished slums of London He keeps busy playing crazy made up games with his chums like Suicide Bomber, Zombie, and one that involves throwing rocks at buses for hella points barely staying out of trouble, and kinda half way dreaming of being able to front with the local bad ass gang From the get go, though, Harri and his friends nearly witness one of their classmates get chooked stabbed to death outside of Chicken Joe s restaurant Their mission when not messing around playing Suicide Bomber, Zombie, or bugging the crap out of their sisters is to solve the murder mystery and get reward money Harri s voice, totally annoying and nearly undecipherable at first, sticks to a cadence that ultimately becomes infectious and totally believable despite its pidgin y qualities as the novel exposes its gritty street life realities it helps to realize, as Mr Kelman reveals in the end Acknowledgements, that the story is based on a real life kid growing up in the projects I really enjoyed this book Despite the gritty backdrop, the gutter England English and the intense subject matter, there were many genuinely funny lines, and it nearly always rang true I share though the prevailing opinion of many of my fellow Goodreads critics that Mr Kelman makes a BIG misstep by interspersing the thoughts of a pigeon along with Harri s narrative, trying too hard to give extra dual meaninged significance to the title and draw allusion, maybe, to Jonathan Livingston Seagull Lose the pigeon not pidgin speak, and this book is terrific Bo stylez, even.


  2. says:

    2.5 well intentioned but sloppy and repetitive stars I am a bit surprised that this was a Booker prize nominee for 2011 An 11 year old refugee from Ghana moves to a poor neighbourhood in London UK and lives his life with his mother and sister while Dad and baby sister remain in Ghana He and his friends come upon a crime scene where an older teen boy is stabbed to death and the remainder of the book very loosely and sloppily becomes a bit of a comedic drama about his thinking processes, amateur sleuthing and his world views This young boy is a fast runner, full of mischief, sweet, imaginative and very funny This story is somewhat interesting but often repetitive and too loosey goosey He also internalizes a city pigeon to become his totem animal and protector Asweh, asweh that with editing and re writes that this could have been a very fine novel about African refugee experience but for now was simply a fairly entertaining and creative story about the life of a poor boy living in the London slums.


  3. says:

    This book is about a kid from a Ghanian family living on a rough council estate in London and his experiences after seeing a murdered child It s told in a very authentic voice, the writing very emotive the bullies hurt me, the murder worried me, I felt for the family still at home in Africa and I hoped he d get through, still the same go for it, full off life kid There was one irritating note which was that there was a pigeon whose voice could only be heard by the reader It really spoiled it The ending was sad and strange and explained the device of the pigeon but, in my opinion anyway, the book would have been improved without it To sum up, it s really an interesting book and a tear jerker strangely, for one so politically relevant But a warning it might annoy some American readers with a lot of unfamiliar words and different accents These words are also unfamiliar to a lot of British people not living in that area but there are so many accents and dialects in the UK English is a less homogenous language than in the US maybe that it doesn t really annoy anyone The book is especially recommended to those who haven t forgotten the way the police and judiciary treated the murder of Damilola Taylor, whom this book is obviously about, may the little boy RIP.http en.wikipedia.org wiki Death_of inadequate to say the least, but at least details of the crime, if not the police response.


  4. says:

    Yesterday I bought a book It was called Pigeon English It only cost 50p from the cancer shop I don t think it has cancer though I bought it because the cover was bo styles There was also a bit about an award.BOOK COVER Shortlisted for the Man Booker Award 2011.I read it right after I bought it It was on the train The train takes one hour and twenty minutes to get to Waterloo And then I was on the bus And then another bus And all the time I read this book It was pretty good It was all about a kid named Harri Harri lives in the council towers in London He is from Ghana He moved to England with his mother and his sister Lydia His father, his grandma and the baby stayed behind.In England Harri makes a lot of friends I liked them I wish the book was about them He also has a pigeon He rescued it, and then he sees it all the time Sometimes the pigeon talks to him PIGEON I see you Harri he only says this in Harri s head The letters are all slanted on these bits We learned at school they are called italics I think maybe they come from Italy These bits are stupid Everyone agrees It s like the pigeon is a guardian angel, or a messenger from God Asweh, it s the craziest thing you ever saw The rest of the book is Harri talking Except the name on the cover is Stephen Kelman, not Harrison Opuku So I think it might be fake Or maybe he s using a different name to hide from the killers They do that on detective shows Sometimes, it doesn t work The killers find them anyway, and kill them There s a dead boy in this story Harri and his friend Dean are trying to find out who killed him They do proper detective work and everything Anyway, not much goes on in this book The cover letters say it s about important things, but it s not It s just kind of the story of Harri s life Then on the last page something hutious happens But then it s the last page Until then it s just about this boy It s strange It s actually kind of like a film I saw once There was this kid, and he also lived in the tower blocks But it was in Brazil And he was a good kid, but he knew all the killers Just like Harri Only he was older It was called City Of God or something So if you liked that, read this book.The writing is also weird It s all jumbled, and the sentences are short It makes you go red eyes and want to throw the book out the window at first Then it starts working It really drags you in then It s like the person writing can t write Except he can The pigeon bits are full of big words that make no sense They look pretty though, all big and full of letters.WHAT I LEARNED FROM READING PIGEON ENGLISH You can be shortlisted for the Man Booker even if your book is not about important stuff, and kind of just about a kid s life As long as he is poor Or lives in a council block Or both Some people can make bad writing work It s never a good idea to try and write as a pigeon Also don t make the pigeon a messenger for God Supporting characters make books better Especially if they are good.I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars I see him now, writing his book review, convinced his opinion has any bearing on the great scheme of things You all amuse me You try so hard to have a say, and for what In the end, your lifetimes will be spurious wisps of cloud in the Boss s everlasting sky I beat my wings and fly away I have a kid in London I need to go shit on.


  5. says:

    Easy read Was cute reading from a young perspective sometimes Did not enjoy the ending Found it pretty cheesy altogether Probs not recommend Not life changing.


  6. says:

    A novel with a very strong message yet the telling is very soft, innocent and sweet It s like listening to the flapping of the wings of a butterfly the sound it creates is almost inaudible yet its impact can cross oceans This novel was one of the 5 shortlisted novels for Booker 2011 but in the final deliberation lost to Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending. But in my humble opinion, this is better Probably the reason why it went to Barnes was this is Stephen Kelman s first novel while Julian Barnes has already been shortlisted twice but lost In 2005, his Arthur and George lost to John Banville s The Sea and in 1998, England, England lost to Ian Mc Ewan s Amsterdam. But don t get me wrong I also like The Sense of an Ending 4.0 stars but I think Pigeon English is better 4.5 stars It s just that there is no half point here in Goodreads.Or maybe what made this novel significant for me was the fact that while reading I thought of the struggles of many Filipino children who were brought by their parents overseas From familiar and friendly surroundings, these children were uprooted and transplanted in a foreign, usually harsh, soil New surroundings, culture and friends I did not experience this myself but two of my siblings when they were young adults went to live in North America to try their luck I heard bits and pieces of their adventures, victories and frustrations Mostly frustrations and disillusions I could not imagine had they ve been children I would have been difficult.That is the situation of Harrison Harri Opoku, the 11 y o Ghanaian boy who goes to live in a housing settlement in London together with his mother and elder sister, Lydia Due to poverty, they have to leave Ghana where his father, grandmother and a newborn baby, Agnes remain One day, Harri sees a dead body of a classmate who has been murdered He and his friend, Dean, decide to find out who the killer is because of the gift prizes that will be given to anybody who can provide clue to the killing.Harri is the first person narrator for most parts except for those that are spoken by the pigeon that visits him on their flat located on the 9th floor While I admired the purity and ebullience of Harri s narration, I was amazed on how Kelman handled the parts of the narrative by the pigeon especially those with open and close quotes Kelman s approach is fresh and inventive, playful and spontaneous The pigeon has its own voice that provides contrast to that of Harri s The ending is unexpected My jaw literally dropped reading the last page I was a bit bored reading the childish antics of Harri and was about to get tired of the pidgin English that s one way to interpret the title of the book with Ghanaian English words like asweh I swear , hutious scary , Gowayou Go away , bo styles, choke, etc However, Kelman managed to keep the plot interesting by slowly revealing the identity of the killer and peppering it with the usual coming of age experiences of a boy like sexual awakening and the sentimentality of first love Think of an extended version of the child Frank McCourt in Angela s Ashes minus the infected eyes and the stinking river or an older version of the little boy in Emma Donoghue s 2010 Booker shortlisted Room minus the escape scene Overall, a memorable read Kelman is an author to watch I was only confused for a while because there is also another Kelman James Kelman, the author of How Late It Was How Late and Kieron Smith boy. I also read and liked the later but still I think this book is better I am looking forward to this book s inclusion to the 2012 edition of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. This deserves to be there.


  7. says:

    I would have liked to hear from the pigeon.No, actually that s not true Harri s repetitious, boring style grates very quickly and I thought to begin with that the voice in italics would be a bit of relief Which just goes to show that I m not much good at thinking The voice in italics turned out to be a pigeon Come on In the words of Big John McEnroe you cannot be serious.Plot so thin as to be utterly transparent, two narrative voices that are properly vexing, this doesn t have an awful lot going for it It s a pity, as the story of Damilola Taylor needs to be told.


  8. says:

    Asweh, it was very funny reading this book But it was also very sad It took donkey years for me to get through the first half of the book the pidgin Londonese sounded dey touch to me And the story was heavy in my hands But 11 year old Harri Opoku from Ghana grew on me, and I gradually learned the lingo In a violent, gritty council estate, Harri struggles to get through the days, trying to solve the murder of a boy with his best friend, Dean everybody is afraid to speak to the police, and the police, I sense, are afraid of going into the area In the midst of this toxic environment which made me wonder why they would leave Ghana in the first place under the false assumption that a Western country is always better than an African one Harri is an endearing and unfailing optimist with a wonderful sense of humour and delightfully ungrammatical English He is a dope fine narrator with Diadora trainers from the local charity shop that make him look bo styles and enable him to race across a playground strewn with syringes.Some have criticized the insertion of a real pigeon into the story which Harri communes with and which speaks now and then from outside of Harri s narrative, or hovers above Harri, with a critical voice and with a strange kind of insight On the one hand, it seems unnecessary in a novel that already tells an unambiguous and necessary story , but on the other, one could as I chose see the pigeon as an symbol of Harri s fragile hope, as his belief in a kind of guardian angel in an environment where you need all the luck you can get to make it to adulthood The book has been compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, though what the two books mainly share, in my opinion, is a child narrator whose tone is different from mainstream narrators I was reminded of The Catcher in the Rye, whose narrator, Holden Caulfield, is also left to his own devices, lost in an environment which can neither contain nor protect him Holden, too, speaks his own 1950 s lingo full of clich s, which can grate a bit when he says phony or it killed me for the umpteenth time, and perhaps for this reason some readers have failed to see how compassionate and fragile he is Likewise Harri And both novels view spoiler are essentially coming of age novels that don t succeed abortive bildungsromans hide spoiler


  9. says:

    Harrison Opoku, an 11 year old boy whose family have recently arrived in England from his native Ghana, is the narrator of this sad and funny hybrid of a coming of age tale and and a murder mystery At the beginning of the book, a boy Harri vaguely knows is stabbed and killed, and he and his friend Dean set out to catch the murderer Their mission forms the backdrop for Harri s lengthy observations on life in England the social hierarchy of his school, a first crush on classmate Poppy, home life with his mum and sister in a London tower block, and his terror and admiration of a local gang the Dell Farm Crew who rule the surrounding estate The title has a dual meaning it refers to Harri s pidgin English, peppered with schoolboy slang and misunderstood words, but also to the pigeon who visits Harri on his balcony, a creature he sees as his friend The pigeon also serves as a second narrator, in brief interjections which add an intriguing if ultimately disappointing edge, suggesting that the bird is somehow watching over and protecting Harri.Harri is a beguiling and very funny narrator, and Kelman has done a brilliant job of creating an entertaining narrative voice that s also thoroughly believable as that of an 11 year old boy I was quite surprised to learn that Kelman is white and British, though not at all surprised that he apparently grew up poor The book practically exudes a particular kind of masochistic working class nostalgia, and the setting and its details jump off the page The story captures perfectly the wonders of childhood and innocence, even in such a bleak environment, in a way that made me remarkably nostalgic for my own schooldays It s by turns endearing and scary in its depiction of how quickly the children of today are forced and expected to grow up.The problem with authentic sounding child narrators is that, after a while, they become exhausting and a little annoying just as you d get fed up if you had to listen to a child telling the equivalent of a 300 page story, complete with random and irrelevant diversions I did find Harri tremendously engaging as a character, and laughed out loud at his observations especially about school and misinterpretations on a frequent basis But I thought the story would have been so much better if a variety of viewpoints had been used if, as well as Harri, we d been able to hear from his mother, some of the older gang members, Lydia and Miquita, one of the teachers, the police, even the murdered boy The contributions we hear from the piegon are very well crafted, so Kelman obviously has the ability to pull this off There are so many fascinating characters in the book, all of whom undoubtedly would be able to cast a very different light on its events, and it seems a shame to confine the narration to one young character Harri s naivety and optimism is an effective filter for the brutal circumstances that surround him, but this only works up to a point before it limits the story and becomes quite frustrating I kept thinking of Simon Lelic s Rupture, which used multiple narrators to explore the issues surrounding a similarly shocking event a school shooting with far effective results.The ending is also problematic Without giving away what happens, it s very blunt, unsatisfying and somewhat anticlimactic following the gradual building of tension throughout the prior chapters I can understand why the author chose to end the book like this, but I felt cheated than shocked and I presume the latter was the intended reaction I also felt the central mystery, initially introduced as the linchpin of the plot, was never satisfactorily resolved and the abrupt change of direction felt like the author was dodging the responsibility of having to deal with this.In the end, this is a beautifully crafted and convincing narrative which unfortunately feels incomplete without another voice, another perspective, or a properly conclusive ending Kelman has done enough here that I am pretty certain I will be interested in his future work, but Pigeon English feels like exactly what it is the debut novel of a young author I can understand why some complained about this among others being on the Booker Prize shortlist, because honestly, it s not on that level at all although the author may be, someday.


  10. says:

    ..and the reason this has been nominated for the Mann Booker award is A good concept gone totally wrong. I have to say that I have never been a fan of a child narrator I think it takes an especially gifted author to speak authentically as a child unless that author is a child himself I didn t care for the absolute jumpiness of the story, written as though the narrator was on something and in somewhat hyper text pieces that were interjected The characters did not appeal to me and although I am sure Mr Kelman tried to make them real, they just seemed like a cutout of the typical middle schooler of today The gist of the story seems to get lost quite a bit as the kids name call, use the word hutious ad infiitum and adore the usage of four letter words I realize that these elements are like rites of passage for young people these days, but it just did not ring true nor endear the characters to this reader.and so why the sort list for this book is my question As a former teacher of adolescents, I honestly believe my former students would have done a better job telling this story.


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Pigeon English With Equal Fascination For The Local Gang The Dell Farm Crew And The Pigeon Who Visits His Balcony, Year Old Harri Absorbs The Many Strange Elements Of His New Life In England But When A Boy Is Knifed To Death And A Police Appeal For Witnesses Draws Only Silence, Harri Decides To Start A Murder Investigation Of His OwnLonglisted For The Man Booker PrizeLonglisted For The Guardian First Book Award

  • Paperback
  • 263 pages
  • Pigeon English
  • Stephen Kelman
  • English
  • 12 February 2019
  • 9781408810637

About the Author: Stephen Kelman

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