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Adored this book. Perhaps even more as I'd not read any reviews, nor had heard of any of the hype surrounding this (which I found out about after).
My advice. Don't either. I loved the fact that I had no idea what this was about, or even where in the world this was. As the story unfolded it painted a very vivid picture of this boy's world that slowly I began to truly understand.
What brings this to life is the narration. Its superb, I could imagine, if you were to read just the printed book, you'd really not enjoy as much or be as immersed as I became.
Reminded me of Life of Pi, another favourite of mine, for reasons that I won't say here, but I think you'd understand having finished it.
Ultimately incredibly moving and a very rewarding listen.
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To be honest I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. I didn’t like the childlike language (and while I appreciate it is a young adult book and a book about someone who is a non-native speaker I found it very off-putting). The pigeon annoyed me as well both as the idea for the use of language and also for the commentary/thoughts of the protagonist. Much more could have been made of it, especially relating to Harrisons uprooting from Ghana to the estates of London. There are some modern culture references that did make me smile, such as adding extra brands to a pair of trainers but again I just felt the whole story was lacking something and could have been in a lot more depth exploring changes views and perspectives.
The overall story of hunting a person who committed a knife crime could have been made more interesting but I simply felt that the book didn’t get into the psyche enough of the people who live in this type of environment. It didn’t explore enough of the ideas of what being a newly migrated immigrant in London is like and how the family cope for me
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