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3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardly a conventional family history, Green-Eyed Thieves tells the story of the fortunes of a family of crooks—the green-eyed thieves of the title. The matriarch of this unusual family is a university lecturer and an accomplished shoplifter, and her husband is a master thief whose ingeneous exploitsinclude relieving the Aga Khan of his wardrobe of expensive suits—since the ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Seagull Books (first published January 2006)
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Amanda Patterson
Brilliantly South African!

Enjoy a book which is what South African novels should be. Quirky, funny, poignant. Interesting stories about ordinary characters made extraordinary by the skill of the writer.

The poetic voice of the author seduces you from the opening page.

How does Firoze get into that jail cell? Go on a journey from South Africa to the Middle East to the USA. Enjoy the ride.

And Best of all - It's Just A Book! (no deep messages slapped in your face)
5/5
Emily
Jun 09, 2009 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: MLA panel
I'm still mulling this one over. It is definitely worth reading.

If you are affiliated with a university, get it through ILL. If not, then consider ordering it through the publisher.
Archie Paruk
Not quite as good as the wedding by the same author but still appreciate the ability to capture a time and moment in Indian Johannesburg
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coovadia has a unique voice, kind of noirish, mostly funny, and very dysfunctional.
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Raised in Durban, South Africa. Doctorate from Yale University in the United States. Professor of English at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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