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.

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.



Baker & Taylor
Kieron Smith grows from age five to early adolescence as he deals with his family, the death of a beloved grandparent, a move to a new home and neighborhood, boyhood escapades, sex, and personal dreams.

Harcourt Publishing
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. 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.


Blackwell North Amer
James Kelman's triumph in Kieron Smith, boy is to bring us inside the head of a child and remind us what strange and beautiful things happen there.
This is the story of a boyhood in a large industrial city during a time of great social change. Kieron Smith 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; climbing drainpipes, trees, and roofs; street battles, dogs, and cats; sex, ghosts, and other spiritual beings.

Baker
& Taylor

Living in a large industrial city at a time of turbulent social change, Kieron Smith grows from age five to early adolescence as he deals with the everyday trials and adventures of daily life--his family, the death of a beloved grandparent, a move to a new home and neighborhood, boyhood escapades, sex, and personal dreams.

Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt, c2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151013487
0151013489
Branch Call Number: FIC KEL
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,24 cm.

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