Thief of Glory was a novel that blew away my expectations. Based on the cover, I had a very different idea of what the story was compared to what I read as I turned each page. I also learned quite a bit of history I never knew before.
Sometimes, I think those make the best books. The ones that exceed our expectations or go in a totally different direction, and especially the ones that have something to teach us.
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**I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**
Thief of Glory was quite different from what I was expecting. For one thing, prior to this novel, I had no idea of the camps that existed in Southeast Asia. So based on the book synopsis and the cover, I was expecting a love story set amidst the backdrop of WWII in Southeast Asia. I didn’t understand the reference to the camps.
There are two complaints I have about this novel. But both of those negative thoughts should have little impact on how wonderful this novel was. The first, is that I struggled to get into this book. The main character, Jeremiah Prins (the story is told from his perspective in first person) is quite precise and scientific. Eventually, this became part of his character and how I got to know him. If I were to reread the novel, I think I would have the same problem, but I would completely look past it. My second complaint was that the last part of the book read really slow. There was a jump in time and some confusing moments. However, by the time I reached the last page, I understood why it was written the way it was and how valuable those “boring” pages were to the scope of this incredible story.
This was a novel that touched on a number of emotions. There were a few moments where I laughed and others where I was devastated for the characters. Parts of the novel made me angry and there were moments my curiosity was piqued. I learned a lot about a part of WWII I knew nothing about and I learned quite a bit about Indonesia I didn’t know.
The actual story is really a coming of age tale for a boy, who because of his Dutch heritage in a Dutch colony is forced into a camp. The story reminds me of similar novels about the Japanese Internment camps that existed in the U.S. during the war.
By the last page, this novel becomes a powerful story. There isn’t a whole lot pointing towards God or faith in the novel, but there is a ripple of it under the the stronger currents pushing the story forward. From asking questions and doubts and trying to understand why bad things happen.
I would love to hear from you! Have you read a novel and learned about something in history you had no idea about?
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