Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Thief of Time Paperback – January 1, 2007
The Daughter of Union County
To save his heritage, he hides his daughter’s true identity—but he can’t protect her forever. Learn More
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
With these words, written on the first few pages of his novel "The Thief of Time," John Boyne pretty much sold me on the central idea of the book: a man who is over 250 years old but looks like a man in his late 40's or early 50's, and who has looked essentially the same for about 200 years.
Matthieu Zela, the long-lived main character, has lived a long time and seen much change in his life. I found the perspective he had on his apparent immortality quite refreshing -- he does not question it and he does not curse it. He simply accepts it as part of his life and lives...really lives. In his time he experiences the French Revolution, the Great Exhibition, the Great Depression, the rise of Hollywood, war, marriage, love, and death. So much death, all around him...but not for him.
The strength of the book comes from its ability to capture uniquely all the different time periods experienced and convince us that they are all seen through the eyes of this one singular character. Bouncing back and forth to different places in the past to modern day and back to the past again, Boyne tells several stories in parallel, and we slowly come to learn about the central events in Matthieu's life that changed him most dramatically, including the loss of the first true love he would ever know. Each thread of story is skillfully handled, coming together at last in a satisfying ending that explains only just enough, and still leaves much up to the imagination of the reader.Read more ›
It is a different twist on the story line of eternal life. The lead character is flawed but likable and the construction of the story line is well done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I should have read the complaints about the Kindle version. The constant typos are REALLY annoying. So much that I am in no mood to comment on the book itself.Published 4 months ago by BCG
Totally predictable for such a long book. Hopefully the author improved after this romance but I don't feel like reading anything else from him. Disappointed.Published 7 months ago by Maryssa
I bought the Kindle version of this book and was shocked at all of the typos, misspellings, grammatical errors and formatting issues. It was an absolute nightmare to try and read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by miggee
Very entertaining. Well explained with historical details. Almost believable, to the point you could imagine a life such as described. Highly recommend.Published 15 months ago by FG
Bounces between very interesting scenes and scenes set in the most ridiculous and banal times and places. Extremely inconsistent in every way.Published 19 months ago by zenmezzo
Very long. Loved the premise and the ending, but not so much the the storytelling. Glad I finished, last couple of chapters more satisfying.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was intrigued with the idea and enjoyed many parts of it. There were times, however, when I got a bit bored. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ralph
A little disappointing, as I have enjoyed all the other Boyne books, and found them very enjoyable. This book on the other hand is boring and unbelievable. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Robert L. White