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Yoss (2001)

by Odo Hirsch

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I think this story is supposed to occur in a time and place like the European Renaissance. The main character is a fourteen-year old boy named Yoss who leaves his isolated village to see the world. He ends up in a sprawling city full of corruption at every turn. The boy is not unintelligent, but has led so sheltered a life that he doesn't realize that the first men he meets are thieves. Taking advantage of his ignorance, they involve him in a crime for which the penalty is hanging. He escapes their company and falls in with some beggars instead, who give him a different picture of what life in the city is like. Then two thieves get caught and Yoss is of course included in the accusations. Fortunately he is saved from prison by the very merchant he had helped to rob- not realizing that the man keeps him in conditions equal to slavery. He is a hard worker, cheerful and trusting, and the merchant's employees can't help but like him. So when the merchant's wife wants to meet Yoss (for reasons of her own) the overseer has a hard time refusing. Yoss ends up not only in the secluded upstairs region of the household, but also begins keeping company with a hired artist working on a ceiling mural. The painter figures Yoss might as well help if he's going to hang around all day, so he begins learning rudiments of that trade. Meanwhile the thieves are trying to find a way to escape prison, one of them wants revenge, and when the merchant finds out that Yoss has been frequenting the upstairs and his overseer practically lying about it, he wants to throw to boy out (where he could face hanging). It's all a pretty pickle, and when the boy thinks about it himself, he can't figure how it all came about, why he should be the center of everyone's concerns when he wanted none of the doings himself. He only wants to get home to his village again.

The first time I tried this book I couldn't get into it, but this time around I found the story engaging and all the characters interesting on different levels.

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  jeane | Feb 19, 2015 |
This novel reads like the Bruegel painting on the front cover; Yoss is only a small part of a much bigger picture- even though he is the main character. On each boy in the remote village's 14th birthday; they must spend one night outside to prove they have been elsewhere. Yoss is a thinker and decides that he wants to keep going to actually see the rest of the world; a decision that sees him niavely take up with 2 crooks : Gaspar & the very evil Conrad. They convince Y that their robberies are just extracting money from people who owe them debt and Y believes this until he is arrested in the town. There he is sold to a merchant as a servant/slave; has the merchant's wife besotted with him (surrogate child), befriends the faithful chief steward (who then starts to question his master)and studies the famous painter who is creating a masterpiece upstairs. meanwhile Conrad & Gaspar escape jail and possible execution. And after C kills G, he come looking for Yoss who he believes betrayed him. Very involving story...with a happy ending.
  nicsreads | Oct 31, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385731876, Hardcover)

“TOWNS SWALLOW MEN up, Yoss. They’re hungry. People disappear into them and are never heard from again.”

From an idyllic village high in the mountains, a boy of 14 sets out to encounter the world. On the plain below, a town sweats with schemes and deceptions. Merchant, mistress, trickster, thief—many are drawn to this innocent newcomer. But all who seek to possess him will pay a price.

Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards’ Shortlist for YA

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Eager to see the world beyond the boundaries of his remote mountain village, fourteen-year-old Yoss sets out on his travels and, with few exceptions, finds corruption at every turn. Annotation. "Towns swallow men up, Yoss. They're hungry. People disappear into them and are never heard from again." From an idyllic village high in the mountains, a boy of 14 sets out to encounter the world. On the plain below, a town sweats with schemes and deceptions. Merchant, mistress, trickster, thief-many are drawn to this innocent newcomer. But all who seek to possess him will pay a price.… (more)

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