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The Thief Lord Kindle Edition
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B005ONK65C
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2011)
- Publication date : October 1, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 4805 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 380 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #282,622 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love the setting of the story, Venice, a city that is as magic as it is real. As a place in the story it is the real Venice, the bridges, plazas, streets, and ,for the most part alleys, do exist. So do the monuments, although not all of the palaces are real. The Venice in the story is the Venice known to the tourists, but more importantly, the Venetians' Venice during and in the off-tourist season. I have been to Venice about fifteen times and I like it best when most tourists have left and you can experience it not being a 15th century Disneyland. I find it even more magical in the rain.
In the final chapters the story slowly introduces the fantastic. I originally found that disturbing, because it felt as if the Cornelia Funke could not find another, more realistic conclusion. Reading the book a second time, it did not bother me, because in relation to Funke's other books, it seems like a first attempt to mingle reality with the mythological and the fantastic, most likely influenced by the books of Michael Ende.
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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The storyline is quite simple, which makes it nice for younger readers, but there is always enough going on in the storyline for the older readers to keep up. The characters are dynamic and engaging, and you really care for them by half way. This makes the end quarter of the book even more dramatic. Alright, so there is a pretty much constant theme of theivery and running away from home - But even though it's somewhat glamourised, Funke has been careful to make sure that it's not *too* glamourised and there are often reminders that it's not the right thing to do.
The basic storyline is that two brothers run away to Venice, because their Aunt wants to adopt the younger one (Bo - Bonifas) and put Prosper into a boarding school. The two brothers arrive in the city and are soon picked up by Hornet, a girl who is part of a gang on kids who are in the employ of 'The Thief Lord'. They never steal (or are never asked to steal) themselves, but their leader brings them items that they then sell and they live off the profits. Everything seems simple; that is until the private eye that the boy's Aunt has sent to find them discovers their hideout and a secret about their leader that changes their view of him completly.
One thing that disappointed me about the English translation (it's originally a German book, from a German author if you didn't realise) is that the poem at the beginning is left out - It doesn't add anything to the story line, or take anything away, but it ties in nicely with the later plot and well, it's a sweet little poem!
I'm tempted to see the film - But I've been told that it changes the storyline, which would annoy me. The storyline doesn't need any changing!