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“Aku tahu kau dibesarkan dengan serangkaian aturan,” kata Benjamin, “tapi kalau kau ingin tetap hidup di luar sini kau harus melanggar semua aturan itu. Pastikan apa yang kau butuhkan, dan ambil, apa pun caranya.”

Ren tak punya ingatan tentang masa kecilnya, tentang orangtuanya, dan tentang hilangnya tangan kirinya. Ingatannya dimulai di tengah-tengah, kehidupannya di Panti
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Paperback, 444 pages
Published 2010 by Qanita (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kathryn Not if they don't like to read. The subject matter is really not "racey" but there were times I was so bored I almost went to sleep. I was trying to…moreNot if they don't like to read. The subject matter is really not "racey" but there were times I was so bored I almost went to sleep. I was trying to prove a point to my 13 year old niece that if she just sat down and read it she could get it done in less time than her excuses were taking her. I wouldn't have finished otherwise and I am an avid reader who will devour just about anything. Oh, it took me 4 hours from start to finish. When I was done I told her to take the zero.(less)
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Onvan : The Good Thief - Nevisande : Hannah Tinti - ISBN : 385337450 - ISBN13 : 9780385337458 - Dar 327 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2008
Rebecca
Apr 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who hate themselves
Don't believe anyone who tells you anything good about this book. The reviews on the back cover will be the first lies you'll have to ignore. This book belongs in a trash can. You should thank me, because I've done the hard work of reading it so you don't have to.

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
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Laura
Aug 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Tinti’s The Good Thief well deserves (and even invites) comparison with classic riproaring nineteenth-century adventure tales and orphan narratives. With an action-packed plot and a skillfully created universe, Tinti pulls her readers in to a story about stories—a tale in which the tale-tellers have power to create and re-create the past, all the while manipulating their futures.

Ren, missing a hand and a history, falls swiftly into the world of Benjamin Nab, who claims to be Ren’s older b
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Steve
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I saw Richard Russo recommend in an interview. I’m glad I made a note of it. How can you not like a story about a smart, one-handed orphan kid and his adventures with a cast of mysterious lowlifes in the 1800’s? Tinti tells it well. She managed to sneak in some thoughts on loyalty, commitment and morality, too. The pages turned all too well, even as I was dodging fellow commuters on my walk to work.
Barb
Jan 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can not believe that this book was even published let alone that it won an award that gained the author ten grand. I think it may be the worst book I have ever read.

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
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George K.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο κυκλοφόρησε στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Πόλις τον Οκτώβριο του 2013 και εγώ το αγόρασα τις πρώτες κιόλας μέρες, αφού πείστηκα τόσο από την περίληψη της ιστορίας, όσο και από κάποιες συγκεκριμένες κριτικές ξένων αναγνωστών. Πριν μάθω ότι θα το βλέπαμε στα ελληνικά, δεν ήξερα τίποτα ούτε για την συγγραφέα, ούτε για το βιβλίο, όμως κάτι μου έλεγε ότι θα μου άρεσε. Και έτσι έγινε. Πραγματικά το ευχαριστήθηκα πάρα πολύ το βιβλίο και αναρωτιέμαι γιατί περίμενα σχεδόν τέσσερα χρόνια μέχρι ν ...more
Betsy
Jul 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has lots of memorable characters and is chock full of violent and horrific plot points. Ultimately, I didn't feel that the narrative held together cohesively enough for me to highly recommend the book to other readers. I wanted to understand better why the main character Ren was so drawn to Dolly, the giant murderer or to Mrs. Sands. Why wasn't Mrs. Sands' dwarf brother's character more developed? What was the motivation behind the mousetrap girl known as Harelip's helping Benjamin and Ren? ...more
Dennis Willingham
Nov 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction
To seriously compare this to Dickens, Twain or Stevenson is like saying Taco Bell is great Mexican food. Dickensian in that there are unexpected, hidden benefactors and dangerous, illegal undertakings by a young orphan but it's shallow as a dishpan, don't expect any scope or depth. I found this in the new book section of my library, maybe it should have been in the teens or kids section. (I would say it was written to a junior high level) Never could figure out what the era of the book was, one ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Definitely a young adult novel, although not billed as such.
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
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joyce g
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful tale with beautifully crafted characters. Just plain wonderful
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Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine. Her short story collection, ANIMAL CRACKERS, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, THE GOOD THIEF, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, and winner of the Center for ...more
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“When death comes, she said, all that matters is this: to be next to one another. My mother was wearing a silk dress, and as she pressed her fingers into his, all of my father's adventures and hard living melted away. He knew that he had met the woman he would love until he couldn't love anymore.” 11 likes
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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.”
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