First published in 1899, this story has shades of autobiographical detail but is fiction throughout. The young Kit is a lad o’ pairts whose life’s journey is revealed through adventure and romance giving the modern reader an insight into Scottish life over a century ago.
The inmost complexity of boy nature, and Scottish boy nature in particular, are intimately known to Mr Crockett. There is of course plenty of vigorous action in Kit Kennedy as there is in all of Mr Crockett’s books. The disreputable Mr Christopher Kennedy is a clever sketch- a Scottish Jean Valjean all gone to whisky.
Drawing heavily from his own childhood, this novel gives us an insight both into Crockett’s life and that of any ‘lad o’pairts’ in mid 19th century Scotland. The journey of a country boy towards the bright city lights is lovingly drawn and keenly felt and will appeal to both realists and romantics.
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