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Thiel: One Foot in Front of the Other [Kindle Edition]

Lynne Pearl
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Book Description

Semi-finalist in the Walrus' Summer Literary Seminars: On the death of Narn, Thiel's beloved Grandmother, Thiel leaves home with his sole companion, a dog, to find his secret inheritance. Unable to read, mostly inarticulate and considered little use by his fellow men, he carries Narn's letter to a lawyer in the impoverished city of Goneton. Given a key to Narn's original home, he travels miles from his birthplace to the region of Minark, meeting new companions along the way.

In a world similar to our own, Lynne Pearl vividly describes a time of crisis in an imagined past where rural idyll is clashing with the march of industrial modernity. In this gentle coming-of-age tale, an unlikely hero embarks on a journey of self discovery.

People are saying about Lynne's debut novel:
“Between the rural narrative of Thomas Hardy and the anticipation of a Tolkien journey, Lynne Pearl weaves a tale of delightful insight into human and animal behaviour....Thiel is an excellent introduction - I want to read more.” Bruce Chivers, potter and artist-in-residence at South Devon College

"The story is very compelling and draws you onto the next page. The characters are very real and sensitively portrayed. It now requires a sequel which will both draw together the faithful figures of his early life and lead us on to the what next in his personal journey."

“I enjoyed the differentness of this similar world [which explores] wider issues of spirituality.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 2228 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Snell Publishers (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A STUDY IN CONTRASTS June 11, 2014
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This author has a gift for selecting the right words at the right time. Thiel Clay is a young man who has a crooked face and a cripple’s body, but in the words of the author, “Nature had given Thiel an ugly outer shell and a fine inner core.” He lived with his poor family and spent his days working on Squire Turo’s farm. He dearly loves his grandmother, Narn. One day his life dramatically changes when she passes away and she leaves him a box with a letter and a key inside.

Thiel cannot read or write; he takes the letter to a neighbor, Mr. Bunmet. The young man is astonished to learn that his grandmother left forty pieces of the realm in trust at the home of Justice Thwaite in the city of Goneton. Thiel is afraid; he has never been far from his village. Now to ponder a trip on foot to the city is an unthinkable task, but his kindly neighbor encourages him to be man and claim his fortune.

Thiel does not tell his parents, Sara and Ed, because he instinctively knows that they will claim that he is a simpleton and take it away from him. So Thiel carefully constructs a plan for his journey with his faithful dog, Heap. When they reach the house of Farmer Weeks, they are welcomed with food and warmth. More importantly he supplies Thiel with a warm coat and a map indicating a traveling plan for the journey. He volunteered to take care of Heap, while he was gone.

Thiel soon became homesick and scared as he reached the city outskirts and the terrifying crowds of noisy people. After much travail, Thiel finds the home of the Justice where he gets another surprise, he has also inherited the key to an estate far away in Minark. So begins another difficult journey….
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living, breathing landscape December 11, 2013
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This story takes the art of personification to another level. Everything here has a soul, a voice - down to the wind and even the houses the characters inhabit. Thiel may be seen as disabled by his birth defects and apparent slow wit, but his gentle soul wins the reader's heart and makes him perfectly suitable for the tasks set before him.
The style to me seems a bit old-fashioned, reminiscent of George MacDonald in its moralising, or more recently, Patricia A McKillip - there is a lot more "tell" than "show" in the narrative. The storyteller's voice is present throughout, giving the reader insight into each of the characters, foreshadowing, and promising something great from Thiel and his travelling companions. I was definitely sucked into the world, I read the whole book in one day because I had to know what was going to happen next to Thiel.
The first three quarters of the story unroll slowly, building up a pastoral world full of depth and age, setting the scene for what promises to be a great series. For me, the meeting with Shiney was where the story really began, but it ends shortly thereafter. The author has certainly built a complex world with tantalising glimpses into what I hope will be a more action-packed sequel. All in all a very enjoyable read - I will definitely read it again and I can't wait for the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and thoughtful April 30, 2014
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This story had me hooked right away. Everything that Thiel sees and interacts with has a soul that speaks to him. He may be disabled in the eyes of his community but he has the ability to hear the thoughts of his dog, the land, everything around him. It's written the way I used to see things as a child (remember when all of your toys had lives of their own?) and it is absolutely set up to be a wonderful series. I can not wait for the next book to come out.

I also love the how the cover seems to embody they way the book is laid out. There are details about the country side through which Thiel is traveling but they are hazy, mostly because it is from the inside of Thiels thoughts that we experience this world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book August 9, 2014
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Every now and then I come across a book that sings to me. This is one of those books. It is to be savored and reread many times. Thank you to Lynn Pearl fr one of the most memorable books I've read in a long time. Five stars is not enough!
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