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Preview — The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
The Good Thief
Winner of the 2008 John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
• A Washington Post Best Book of 2008
• A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2008
Richly imagined and gothically spooky, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Hannah Tinti as one of our most exciting talents writing today.
Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left...more
Ren, missing a hand and a history, falls swiftly into the world of Benjamin Nab, who claims to be Ren’s older b ...more
This is like a cross between a Charles Dickens hard luck tale and a Stephen King creepfest. There's a chunk in the middle where it dwells too long on the grave-robbing antics, but otherwise it's quite entertaining.
Worth reading just for the weird characters. There's Dolly(man with woman's name), the giant murderer who sleeps underneath the mattress. And Mrs. Sands, the very tall landlady who says everything at maximum volume, even whe ...more
The Good Thief (aka, The Bad Book) is meant to be a historical fiction novel for adults that tells the coming-of-age story of a 12 year-old orphan boy who learns to live with a pair of rough and tumble thieves in early 1800s America. So ...more
The writing was sophomoric, if that advanced. There was no character development there was no logic, and there was no context to the ridiculous and absurd story. There is nothing in this tale that makes any sense whatsoever.
The author has failed to create anything realistic in this story. She offers details that might give the read ...more
Tinti's main character is an orphan named Ren. It's not giving too much away to say he's a minor thief, and he's adopted early on in the book by a man whose motives are unclear at first, but quickly show themselves to be "up-to ...more
Based on that synopsis alone, the book should have been great. Yes, the plot inches over the top by the end, but this tale is told ...more
I liked Ren (the main character) a lot, with his missing hand, his talent for thievery, and his status as an ...more
Ren has been an orphan at the Saint Anthony’s Monastery as long as he remembers. His parentage and his missing hand had always remained a mystery which Ren struggled to solve. He dreamt of a day that he would one day be part of a loving family.
Ren’s dreams appeared to have come truewith the arrival of a stranger, Benjamin Nab who claims to be his older brother but turns out to be a ...more
A young boy named Ren is left at a monastery as a baby. He is missing one of his hands and finds that he is not suitable for adoption. Well, that is until a man by the name of Benjamin comes to the monastery and claims him as his brother.
Benjamin takes him frokm the monastery and immediately introduces him to the world of liars and thieves. Benjamin and his partner, Tom, m ...more
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The man reached over, took hold of the lantern and blew it out. Night enveloped the barn. "Well," he said at last to the darkness between them, "that's when you know it's the truth.”