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One of the best books on childhood I've ever read.
on 13 December 2009
I've read just about everything James Kelam has ever written and I must admit that I find it difficult to criticise him.This book is one of his best. Never mind the stuff about him giving a voice to the dispossessed and disenfranchised,which I happen to agree with and think important;this is a superb book about childhood , growing up and family life which will stand the test of time. Kieron's observations and perceptions of the adult world and the ups and downs of friendship are so unaffected and honest. I could write all night about him but my gut reaction , having just finished the book , is that Kieron is the closest you will ever get to a modern , urban ,working class knight. Kelman might not like me for using the word, "knight" but his eponymous hero's honesty , humanity and generosity of spirit strike me as epitomising the chivalric ideal.He always tries to do the right thing in his own humble way. He is not a "boaster" and he never lets his mates down.
I notice the Times review compares this book with The Catcher in The Rye-preposterous! This book is much better !You must read it.