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The Thief Lord Paperback – May 1, 2010
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The main characters, a group of endearing (but not always angelic) children, are absolutely charming!! Then there are a few adults woven in - some nurturing and some villainous. The adventurous story moves along at a nice pace and keeps you totally engaged. And a little bit of charming fantasy at the end. I was totally enthralled - what a lovely story!
This book was well written. It all works...the setting in Venice, Italy, the plot, and the well put together characters. It includes suspense, loyalty, and mystery
The plot: Twelve year old Prosper and five year old Bo are two close brothers. Their now dead mother told them a lot about the city of Venice, Italy. If they don't want to become orphaned, they will have to be placed in the care of their Aunt Esther. But she wants to adopt Bo, and not Prosper! The siblings fled from Hamburg, Germany, where they previously lived, to Venice because they don't want to be seperated.
They make friends with Mosca, Riccio, and Hornet, other orphaned kids their age. They are in the care of thirteen year old Scipio, the Thief Lord. Scipio steals valuable things so he can provide the homeless kids with vital nessecities. The thief lord claims to be an orphan himself, but later in the book you find that this is untrue.
Meanwhile, Esther suspects the children might be in Venice so she and her husband go to that city. When they get there, they hire Victor gets, a detective to find the boys. But is he too kind?
Cornelia Funke has created a masterpiece I couldn't stop reading.
A few notes: This book is originally German! It was translated perfectly into English. Some Italian words are
used but the book contains a glossary.
This is a compelling and superb read. Worth the price. Get it, now
I'm a huge fan of "Inkheart" so had high hopes for this novel. I quickly realized the two have very different styles, and rightfully so, as this book is (at least I assume) geared for a younger audience.
The cast of characters is delightful, each with their own stories and personalities, and you can't help but hoping the "good guys" win. The plot was interesting, but I did feel that there were two stories/plots going on, and that the first half of the book wasn't quite the same as the second half.
Also, I'm not entirely sure what I think of the ending, the "messages" etc. Nothing bad, just I'm not sure what I think of it. I finished the book and still had questions as to the why, and what would happen - but, perhaps that was Funke's intent, that she didn't want everything neatly wrapped up. (again, back to the personal taste thing)
I did enjoy the book, and was curious to learn how it would end. It wasn't predictable on certain plots, so kept me guessing.
I also enjoyed the style of writing, the settings were vivid and it was fun to read a book set by the canals and winged lions of Venice.
This story could not be set anywhere else. The canals and the less-than-logical layout inherent in an old city are vital to the tale. The genuinely magical twist The Thief Lord takes towards the end of the book fits in beautifully with the character of Venice. Funke has peppered the children's dialogue with Italian words, the meaning of which is easily inferred from the context. However, for anyone who might be confused, there is a glossary at the end of the book.
The characters are likable, their worries easily understood. Aunt Esther is simultaneously horrible and understandable; she is horrid in her total misunderstanding of what children are like and care about, but understandable in that many adults do not know how to interact with young people. Esther is not a caricature of the evil adult because she is not evil, merely mistaken and foolish. The reader will both detest and pity the woman. While many of the events in the story require the children to be self-reliant, they do find trustworthy and kind adults in the end, giving the reassurance to children that there ARE caring and sympathetic grown-ups in the world.
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This book is another good novel written by the author Cornelia Funke, who is one of my favorite authors.Read more