Brouwer engages the reader from the first page with his ability to paint a picture in words, describe the motivations of the heart, and recognize the various social pressures in any given situation - all with a concise and witty text. The hero is a clever, honourable young boy you can't help but love and respect. There is no scanning this book - every word is read and in the end the reader is left haunted but touched... this one stays with you for a long time.
Beautifully written. Excellent.
Beautifully written novel and engaging story of the Dutch internment in the Dutch East Indies during WW11. It was our book club selection in April and includes a Readers Guide. We all agreed it should be made into a movie. 5 stars!
Before reading Thief of Glory, I had no idea what the war was like for the Dutch residents living in what had been Dutch-occupied Indonesia. The novel was eye-opening to say the least. As with other books I’ve read with young protagonists dealing with the harsh realities of adults at war, I was left astonished at what war expects of the children swept up into its maelstrom.
Sigmund Brouwer had done a beautiful job with "The Thief of Glory." Telling the story based on his parents past in world war two. It is about a mans troubled past and him remembering it like it was yesterday . The book begins at a beautiful community. There in the community lives a boy and his family. First, his father and brothers are taken away, then he and the rest of his family are sent to a concentration camp. There it hard for them to survive little food, harsh labor and terrible treatment. Soon, everyone in his family have died except him and a brother who cannot stand the site of him. This book is a great read but is extremely sad. So, if you read it keep a box of tissues handy.
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