The Thief of Time

The Thief of Time

Book - 2007
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John Boyne has become internationally known for his acclaimed novels Crippen and the bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas . Now, for the first time in the United States, comes the book that started the career of the author that the Irish Examiner calls "one of the best and original of the new generation of Irish writers."
It is 1758 and Matthieu Zela is fleeing Paris after witnessing the murder of his mother and his stepfather's execution. Matthieu's life is characterized by one extraordinary fact: before the eighteenth century ends, he discovers that his body has stopped ageing. At the end of the twentieth century and the ripe old age of 256 he is suddenly forced to answer an uncomfortable question: what is the worth of immortality without love?
In this carefully crafted novel, John Boyne juxtaposes history and the buzz of the modern world, weaving together portraits of 1920s Hollywood, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the French Revolution, the Wall Street Crash, and other landmark events into one man's story of murder, love, and redemption.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007, c2000
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312354800
Call Number: F BOYNE JO
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 16, 2019

Since I know this author has gotten better with his subsequent books, I'll go easy on this which was his first. I did read the whole book, although it took an extra amount of time as I got bored with it several times.
The story line is fairly far-fetched but interesting, has a guardian angel feel to it. The basis of the plot was never explained, the reader is left to come up with their own reasons for it.
I still plan to read the rest of his works since after reading this I am aware that there is a great deal of improvement in his skill as a writer that I wish to be privy to. Had I not read Crippen first, I never would have read another of his books after this one.

Dec 24, 2013

I read "the boy in striped pyjamas" years ago and recently stubbled on this author's name again. I love his style of writing. He is a true story teller weaving events from the past and the present. His characters are engaging and the many twists and turns are intricately entwined without being confusing. Matthiew Zela, whom we met in Crippen, is 256 years old, having survived many nephews named "Thomas". Each Thomas dying just after the women they love become pregnant. Great twists and unexpected turns. A master story teller.

kmcinto Oct 05, 2013

Very cool book! Highly recommended! The author tells the story back and forth between the character in 1999, to the character's first love, and to some historical period where the character played a role in. The character is 256 years old at the time in 1999. Pay close attention to all the Thomas. They play a role in way the character has lived so long.


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