- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812976177
- ISBN-13: 978-0812976175
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Palace Thief: Stories Paperback – August 8, 2006
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About the Author
Ethan Canin is the author of seven books, including the story collections Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief and the novels For Kings and Planets, Carry Me Across the Water, America America, and A Doubter’s Almanac. He is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and divides his time between Iowa and northern Michigan.
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so very talented! On to his next book! I ordered them all!
This actually had four short stories, all of which were about what made people tick and why they did certain things and made certain choices in their lives. The first three stories were pretty much dry up until the very end of each story where the author finally makes his point, albeit sometimes a very small one. Very disappointed.
For the final story, The Palace Thief, which was made into the movie, "The Emperor's Club," it wasn't half bad, but the movie was definitely better. There were a few items in the book that could have been put into the movie, but I'm not sure anything was lost by the screen version.