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Ezra Mignon’s mother died just a few years after his father abandoned him. Raised by his three aunts in Ontario, Canada, he seeks refuge in fantasy, solitude, and strange rituals. Ezra struggles to find his place among his peers, but as he matures he is drawn further into his morally conflicted, disturbing, and oft
Paperback, 302 pages
Published February 15th 2014 by Open Books Publishing (UK)
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David Lentz
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This great novel is a classical Bildungsroman by a writer who demonstrates a gift for narrative in an early novel. The story is about the coming of age of Ezra Mignon but in this layered narrative there is more to discover beneath the straight-ahead, story line. In early novels one tends to find an extremely well defined central character and then peripheral characters less finely drawn who rotate in and out and around the central figure. In later novels the central figure tends almost to disapp ...more
Sylvia Valevicius
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel by Chuck Crabbe is multi-layered and would make an appropriate selection for a book club. After reading, one realizes there is so much Crabbe touches on that lends itself for discussion, which also makes it challenging to write a review in a short space.

I enjoyed the simple, but well-developed narrative of a boy growing up; the characters are nicely detailed through dialogue. Ezra is a sympathetic character often lost and lonely in world of adolescent confusion and frequently influen
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Here is an ambitious and rewarding coming of age tale. This skilfully-crafted story revolves around the character of Ezra Mignon. Crabbe infuses Ezra's story with gritty, robust prose. Ezra's compulsions are slowly developed, and carefully revealed as they lead us into chaos and, eventually, over time, to a kind of grace. There are also sections of the book where a worldly, omniscient, almost Dickensian narrator takes over: here, examining the virtues of Canadian football, and, there, asking wha ...more
E.J. Bouinatchova
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's been several days since I finished this amazing book and I'm still at a loss for words to describe it. I will say that this book has touched and haunted me in a way I haven't felt in a very long time - or perhaps ever.

On the one hand, you have a coming-of-age story that perfectly captures the fragility, magic, and awkwardness of those delicate transitional years. On the other hand you have the journey of a young hero (or perhaps antihero) through the spiritual and epic struggles that define
Adrianna Ross
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am usually not compelled to read books quickly. I usually read a few pages each day. It is rare that a story captivates me thoroughly enough to make me keep reading, instead of watch tv or do something else. But this story was such a perfect balance between fantasy, references to literature and mythology and religion, and emotionally compelling, perfectly human characters that I consumed it with such pleasure! I loved the dream sequences the most!

I ordered this book after I read the short stor
Maan Kawas
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very beautiful and enchanting book by Chuck Crabbe that captures your attention from the opening page! It is a work that sheds light on important questions, especially in a critical developmental stage, namely, adolescence. I loved the references to mythology, art, religion, music, and literature in the book, as well as the symbolic elements, which the associated ‘Reader’s Guide” on the author’s website help to understand. The novel, although it basically narrates the life of Ezra Mignon, name ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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The Goodreads summary of Chuck Crabbe's As a Thief in the Night strongly suggests that religion plays a significant role in the plot:
The Christian God . . . haunts Ezra. . . . Only an act of shameful impiety offers Ezra Mignon escape and eventual salvation. But can he betray, and even murder, the God that his community worships? And can he live with the divine blood on his hands?
Nothing could be further from the truth. As a Thief in the Night is a rather pedestrian coming of age tale. The "act o
Gregory Heath
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
'As a Thief in the Night' is an ambitious first novel. It opens boldly with a pairing of Biblical and philosophical quotations, and it is clear from the outset that Crabbe is aiming high in terms of style and sophistication. Though in many ways the story of Ezra Mignon is a classic coming of age tale, it's gracefully narrated and there's poetry in the backdrop of vineyards and dreams. It's occasionally overwritten, there are one or two structural problems and the intermittent authorial intervent ...more
Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This coming of age tale is set in Ontario, Canada. Teenage Ezra struggles with the normal angst moments but then falls in with the bad boys who commit petty crimes for kicks. The type of criminal activity escalates into theft of monies and destruction of church property. Ezra gets off with community service and gets an opportunity to rethink his life path. He is plagued with seemingly mad dreams of past horrors, including the death of his mother. A near disaster in vineyard of his grandfather is ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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read this in april...december now. enjoyed the story...don't recall much about it. 4-stars, though, so i'll hazard i did enjoy the story. i think the title comes from...the parable about the oil/lamps/virgins...death...i believe...death comes like a thief in the night. ...more
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Chuck Crabbe grew up in Guelph, Puslinch, and Belle River Ontario, Canada. His mother Ann, a midwife, and his father Patrick, a truck terminal manager, encouraged his sense of adventure, independence, and curiosity.

Following five years as a student and varsity athlete at the University of Windsor he signed a contract with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, the fulfillment of a drea

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