…A boy coming of age in a time of war …the love that inspires him to survive
For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows his frail, troubled mother. Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.
The darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, as time and war will test their fortitude. The only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.
Thief of Glory is easily one of the best books I have read this year. I can't actually remember what I read this year, but it really made an impression. It was BE-YOU-TEE-FUL. The language carried me throughout the book. I was a little nervous walking into this book because concentration camp books tend to me really sad and just horrible, but once I started I couldn't stop.
So the book goes through this kid's, Jeremiah, fight with concentration camps. Most stories about concentration camps surround the Jewish affliction, which makes this one rather interesting. Jeremiah is a young boy, about ten, when everything bad happens. The culture is so different than the one I am accustomed to. The book talks about all the pride surrounding marbles, and fighting among children.
The book isn't related delicately. It is dirty, rough, and it makes you want to cry and flinch. Everything is so much more potent than most books you read. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who could handle reading it. The only thing that should be mentioned is that the story is told from two time periods, From the young man as he experiences and it is book-ended by the older Jeremiah's reflections.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my complete and honest review.