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The Prosperous Thief

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Rich in ideas and emotions, this epic story of the entwined lives of two vastly different families spans three continents during the most turbulent years of the 20th century. Alice Lewin survived World War II as a young child. After decades of burying her past, she decides to visit the Kindertransport archive, where she learns of the existence of a possible relative, Henry...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2002)
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came to a standstill reading this and I'm not sure if I'll pick it up again...
This had the makings of a GOOD book, but the story fell apart in the last 3rd. It turned from intrigue into self-absorbed trite. I couldn't even properly read the latter half, I skimmed it so much that it wasn't even worth my turning pages.
I loved the first parts of the book but part three was disappointing. Too narcissistic after the drama ofthe earlier story. I skipped thru to the end.
The book is broken into three parts. The first two parts had me absolutely enthralled. It was a beautifully told story and the way in which the lives were woven together was very well done.The writing was sublime. At the end of the second part, it was a 4 1/2 star book.

The last third of the book was absolute rubbish - contrived, far fetched, and stupid hence the 2 star rating.
Totally. Amazing.
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