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Green-Eyed Thieves

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  5 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 exploits include relieving the Aga Khan of his wardrobe of expensive suits—since th ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Seagull Books (first published January 2006)
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Se lo avessi letto qualche mese fa avrei potuto definirlo un piacevole libro "da ombrellone", visto che siamo a dicembre però non trovo una definizione natalizia equivalente. Tutto questo per dire che I ladri dagli occhi verdi è un libro piacevole, scritto bene, che scivola via facilmente. La trama non è tra le più originali: è la storia di due gemelli identici "entrambi marci allo stesso modo", a detta del loro padre, uno dei quali ha pretese letterario-filosofiche e si fa narratore delle loro ...more
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
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
Emily
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Tuck
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Imraan Coovadia was born in Durban in 1970. He is the author of the novels The Wedding, Green-Eyed Thieves, High Low In-between and The Institute for Taxi Poetry.

He has also published a study of V.S. Naipaul, as well as a collection of essays, Transformations, and has contributed to publications including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, N+1, The Independent, Threepenny Review,
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