The Thief of Time

The Thief of Time

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Having witnessed the deaths of his mother and stepfather in 1758, Matthieu Zela realizes that he has stopped aging, a situation that hundreds of years later culminates in his frustration about his limited prospects for finding love.

McMillan Palgrave
John Boyne has become internationally known for his acclaimed novels Crippen and the bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Now, for the first time in the United States, comes the book that started the career of the author that the Irish Examiner calls "one of the best and original of the new generation of Irish writers."

It is 1758 and Matthieu Zela is fleeing Paris after witnessing the murder of his mother and his stepfather's execution. Matthieu's life is characterized by one extraordinary fact: before the eighteenth century ends, he discovers that his body has stopped ageing. At the end of the twentieth century and the ripe old age of 256 he is suddenly forced to answer an uncomfortable question: what is the worth of immortality without love?

In this carefully crafted novel, John Boyne juxtaposes history and the buzz of the modern world, weaving together portraits of 1920s Hollywood, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the French Revolution, the Wall Street Crash, and other landmark events into one man's story of murder, love, and redemption.


Holtzbrinck
John Boyne has become internationally known for his acclaimed novels Crippen and the bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Now, for the first time in the United States, comes the book that started the career of the author that the Irish Examiner calls “one of the best and original of the new generation of Irish writers."

It is 1758 and Matthieu Zela is fleeing Paris after witnessing the murder of his mother and his stepfather's execution. Matthieu's life is characterized by one extraordinary fact: before the eighteenth century ends, he discovers that his body has stopped ageing. At the end of the twentieth century and the ripe old age of 256 he is suddenly forced to answer an uncomfortable question: what is the worth of immortality without love?

In this carefully crafted novel, John Boyne juxtaposes history and the buzz of the modern world, weaving together portraits of 1920s Hollywood, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the French Revolution, the Wall Street Crash, and other landmark events into one man's story of murder, love, and redemption.


Blackwell North Amer
It is 1758 and Matthieu Zela is fleeing Paris after witnessing the murder of his mother and the execution of his stepfather. With his young half brother Tomas in tow, Matthieu sets off for England with the girl he believes will be the love of his life. But before the eighteenth century ends, Matthieu discovers that his body has stopped aging, forcing him to realize that "lifelong romance" is sometimes a relative term.
By the end of the twentieth century, Matthieu can look back at life during the French Revolution, London's Great Exhibition of 1851, the birth of Hollywood, and the Wall Street Crash. He has made his fortune, survived countless wives and lovers, and watched in dismay as nine generations of Tomas's descendents met untimely deaths. Now, as he looks forward to his 257th year, Matthieu finds himself suddenly eager to help someone else put off the inevitable, and save the life of the newest son in his half brother's clan.

Baker
& Taylor

Having witnessed the deaths of his mother and stepfather in 1758, Matthieu Zela realizes that he has stopped aging, a situation that hundreds of years later culminates in his frustration about his limited prospects for finding love. By the author of Crippen. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312354800
0312354800
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 25 cm

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Dec 24, 2013

I read "the boy in striped pyjamas" years ago and recently stubbled on this author's name again. I love his style of writing. He is a true story teller weaving events from the past and the present. His characters are engaging and the many twists and turns are intricately entwined without being confusing. Matthiew Zela, whom we met in Crippen, is 256 years old, having survived many nephews named "Thomas". Each Thomas dying just after the women they love become pregnant. Great twists and unexpected turns. A master story teller.

kmcinto Oct 05, 2013

Very cool book! Highly recommended! The author tells the story back and forth between the character in 1999, to the character's first love, and to some historical period where the character played a role in. The character is 256 years old at the time in 1999. Pay close attention to all the Thomas. They play a role in way the character has lived so long.

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