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The Good Thief

by Hannah Tinti

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Growing up in a New England orphanage unaware of his family and of how he had lost his left hand as an infant, twelve-year-old Ren is terrified of the future, until a young man shows up claiming to be his long-lost brother, with whom he embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey of scam artists, petty criminals, and resurrection men.… (more)
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author says her favorites were Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson and it shows. Really enjoyed it
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  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
A children's book for adults. There should really be more of these.. ( )
  littoface | Feb 2, 2024 |
A modern Dickens homage, with orphans, hardscrabble criminals, and surprising twists to tie things up in the end. Tinti's workmanlike story is readable. While I like the idea of a new Dickensian story, Tinti works a little too hard to capture the mood and characters. It comes off less homage and more coopted. If you're going to cover Dickens' ground, you need to be blessed with uncommon skill. Tinti does a passable job but not without Dickens' shadow hovering a little too ominously over the narrative.

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  blackdogbooks | May 30, 2023 |
Hannah Tinti's THE GOOD THIEF is a delightful and compelling read, the kind of novel I think of as "an entertainment," as opposed to serious literary fiction. That said, I loved it, and could not stop reading it. The protagonist is a 12 year-old orphan named Ren, who is missing one hand. It is a story filled with monks and murderers, thieves and liars, grave robbers and widows. Oh and there's a giant, and a dwarf too. And a mousetrap factory run by a cruel boss. It's a tough story to summarize, and doing that would spoil it, so I'm not even going to try. It's very Dickensian, only more. Think, say, a blend of Oliver Twist and The Princess Bride, and a young boy searching for family. Trust me. It's a humdinger of a story. You wanna lose yourself in a fantastical soup of weird characters and unlikely adventures in a bygone time? Then this is the book for you. A mesmerizing read.

- Tim Bazzett, author the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Feb 26, 2023 |
The man arrived after morning prayers. Word spread quickly that someone had come, and the boys of Saint Anthony's orphanage elbowed each other and strained to catch a glimpse as he unhitched his horse and led it to the trough for drinking. The man's face was hard to make out, his hat pulled so far down that the brim nearly touched his nose. He tied the reins to a post and then stood there, patting the horse's neck as it drank. The man waited, and the boys watched, and when the mare finally lifted her head, they saw the man lean forward, stroke the animal's nose, and kiss her. Then he wiped his lips with the back of his hand, removed his hat, and made his way across the yard to the monastery.
  taurus27 | Jan 11, 2023 |
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If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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For my sisters, Hester and Honorah
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The man arrived after morning prayers.
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Ren had read the ending many times, and he still felt terrible about it. Hawkeye spent the entire novel fighting Indians and righting wrongs, but when he left Judith to her lonely fate, he always seemed less of a hero.
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Growing up in a New England orphanage unaware of his family and of how he had lost his left hand as an infant, twelve-year-old Ren is terrified of the future, until a young man shows up claiming to be his long-lost brother, with whom he embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey of scam artists, petty criminals, and resurrection men.

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