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Kieron Smith, Boy by James Kelman
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May 16, 11


One of the few child protagonists who thinks and speaks and acts precisely as a child does. His voice is arresting yet universal and his Scottish inner-city vernacular is poetic, perhaps in part, because it is a strain of English that Americans don't often hear. You will remember from your own childhood and empathize with every injustice and jealousy and abandonment he feels and suffer along with him through his every child's callow ignorance of people and their prejudices and motives. Keiron is lovable, interesting, acute and sympathetic thanks to Kelman's incisive writing and perspective despite being an average nobody, a cloddish, dull-minded kid.
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