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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
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The Thief Lord (original 2000; edition 2006)

by Cornelia Funke

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Title:The Thief Lord
Authors:Cornelia Funke
Info:Chicken House Ltd (2006), Paperback, 352 pages
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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (2000)

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Bitter_Grace)
    Bitter_Grace: These books are completely different in tone, but have the identical concept of a merry-go-round with certain magical properties.
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    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (benfulton)
    benfulton: The redemption of unhappy childhoods.
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    The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric (Rubbah)
    Rubbah: magic in venice
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    The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby (Bitter_Grace)
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    Pool Boy (Readers Circle) by Michael Simmons (benfulton)
    benfulton: Thief Lord is the better book, but Pool Boy is a similar story set in a world without magic.
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I do love this book. The characters are deeply nuanced, and mostly quite believable. Action keeps the story moving, and show the reader quite a lot about how the characters grow and change.






Spoiler space - my one problem.












The one magical/fantasy element was a bit of a shock. The entire rest of the book was (relatively) realistic, so finding this bit of magic that really worked felt forced to me. Perhaps it works better for a younger or less jaded reader :) The characters did talk about Venice being a magical city. Frankly, the story worked so well, even with that jarring bit, perhaps it was designed to stand out. It certainly startled the characters involved! ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
Match found in the German National Library.
  glsottawa | Apr 4, 2018 |
I've had this book on my shelves since I was a young child. I attempted to read it, but ended up "abandoning" it for a while. I eventually got to reading it and loved it! The only complaint I have is the ending. It felt rushed. I was pretty PO-ed. ( )
  Dra_Gone | Apr 3, 2018 |
Cornelia Funke, una delle autrici che stimo di più, è riuscita a mio parere a ricreare la fiaba di Peter Pan in chiave moderna: infatti il fulcro di tutto il libro è, da un lato, rimanere bambini per non doversi addossare le responsabilità degli adulti, dall’altro il volere diventare adulti per non dover dipendere da qualcun altro. I protagonisti della banda mi fanno molta tenerezza, perché un momento prima sono lì ad atteggiarsi “da grandi” sfidando il detective Victor, e l’attimo dopo litigano tra loro facendo i capricci. Gli adulti, nella maggioranza dei casi, sono visti come inaffidabili, avari, fedifraghi (Barbarossa) e disinteressati (il padre di Scipio). Insomma, tutte le possibili caratteristiche negative che gli si possono assegnare! Insomma, un libro dal punto di vista dei bambini, se così lo possiamo definire. Una lettura leggera e piacevole, ma densa di significati, che ho compreso solo dopo una seconda rilettura a un’”età un po’ più avanzata”, se possiamo definirla così ahah! Le descrizioni di Venezia sono sempre precise e vivide, la scrittura non diventa mai noiosa, ma tiene sempre il lettore sul chi va là. Insomma, se cercate un libro di avventura non troppo impegnativo ma con quel pizzico di fantasia che non guasta mai, allora “Il re dei ladri” è fatto apposta per voi!

Personaggio preferito: Prosper (sono presenti anticipazioni)

E’ il caratteristico bravo fratello maggiore che vuole un bene dell’anima al fratellino e farebbe di tutto per proteggere il fratello, come dimostra più volte durante il romanzo. Quello che forse mi ha colpito maggiormente di questo personaggio è stato il suo conflitto interiore avvenuto quando si trovava davanti al Carosello: diventare un adulto per poter badare a suo fratello come tutore o restare un bambino? Non ha un’esistenza facile, in quanto le decisioni che prende lui si ripercuoteranno inevitabilmente sul fratellino, e per questo dev’essere anche molto riflessivo e prudente. Un’altra sua qualità è l’astuzia, ma dimostra un’estrema fragilità quando Bo viene ritrovato dalla zia Esther, equilibrato dal coraggio mostrato recandosi sull’isola Segreta insieme a Scipio per scoprire il mistero del Carosello (la mia parte in assoluto preferita del libro). ( )
  Shay17 | Mar 30, 2018 |
Lesson 9 Discussion Genre: Science Fiction ( )
  Josh2018 | Mar 16, 2018 |
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Funke, Corneliaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Latsch, OliverTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meier, LotharIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Imagine a Dickens story with a Venetian setting, and you'll have a good sense of Cornelia Funke's prizewinning novel The Thief Lord, first published in Germany in 2000. This suspenseful tale begins in a detective's office in Venice, as the entirely unpleasant Hartliebs request Victor Getz's services to search for two boys, Prosper and Bo, the sons of Esther Hartlieb's recently deceased sister. Twelve-year-old Prosper and 5-year-old Bo ran away when their aunt decided she wanted to adopt Bo, but not his brother. Refusing to split up, they escaped to Venice, a city their mother had always described reverently, in great detail. Right away they hook up with a long-haired runaway named Hornet and various other ruffians who hole up in an abandoned movie theater and worship the elusive Thief Lord, a young boy named Scipio who steals jewels from fancy Venetian homes so his new friends can get the warm clothes they need. Of course, the plot thickens when the owner of the pawn shop asks if the Thief Lord will carry out a special mission for a wealthy client: to steal a broken wooden wing that is the key to completing an age-old, magical merry-go-round. This winning cast of characters--especially the softhearted detective with his two pet turtles--will win the hearts of readers young and old, and the adventures are as labyrinthine and magical as the streets of Venice itself. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's "Thief Lord." Welcome to the magical world of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets.… (more)

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