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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Book Snapshots: "The Good Thief" by Hannah Tinti

The Good Thief , a novel by Hannah Tinti. Set in 19th Century New England. Orphan with one hand adopted by grave robber.

Odd little book. Is it for adults or youth? Why is one character's dialogue spelled with a New England accent ("She'd walk fah miles inta tha forest and disappeah.")? Wouldn't most folks in that place, at that time, have some sort of an accent? The story also features a dwarf, a young girl with a cleft palate, and a hard-of-hearing widow whose dialogue IS IN CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE, APPARENTLY, SHE IS TALKING IN A LOUD VOICE.

Although my interest in the story dropped significantly about halfway through, I was curious as to what would happen and skimmed to the end.

In sum, The Good Thief is no threat to Oliver Twist.

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