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The Thief

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Good Read!

    Well-written story. Terse style. Pleasure to read. Surprise ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Written in first-person narrative, The Thief offers the reader a

    Written in first-person narrative, The Thief offers the reader an interesting look into the mind of a criminal. Despite his actions, you feel for him. You relate to his lost love, his interest is a poor boy’s future, and his uncertainty about his own worth. The fact that the main character is part of a different culture never really distracts from the story. The chapters are quick and the simplicity of the story is brilliant. Nakamura doesn’t bog down the reader with lots of characters, a maze of twists and turns to follow, or constant suspense. He allows the story to flow, and the current pulls the reader into a world where money means nothing and your identity depends entirely on who you think you should be.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

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    Light Fingers

    Interesting subject matter. A young pickpocket in Japan, crosses paths with some heavy weight gangsters. Can he make the score and still escape without being caught up in their web? The writing was a bit spare. Hard to tell whether it was intentional or not. I would like to see the characters fleshed out a bit more. I feel the author has some good ideas and a lot of potential. The book was provided for review by the well read folks at Soho Press.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

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    This novel is an interesting idea in need of fulfillment. Someh

    This novel is an interesting idea in need of fulfillment. Somehow, it leaves the reader somewhat confused. It recounts the development of a pickpocket who generally only removes wallets from rich people. Along the way, the author philosophizes about the “profession” of picking pockets, including a little history of some of the more famous practioners of the art.

    The thief himself tells the story in the first person. However, for all he has to say about his work and life, we learn very little about him and exactly why what happens to him in the end occurs. Or, really, about any of the other characters. They all seem to be symbols of something, but none is precisely explained.

    Tightly written, the book is a fast read. But on reaching the conclusion this reader, at least, wondered what it was all about. Hopefully, in a future work, the author will turn his talent to a more fully developed plot and characterizations, of which “The Thief” indicates he is capable. The book is worthy of note, and therefore is recommended despite the above reservations.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    The best contemporary Japanese novel I have read since discovering Natsuo Kirino!!

    The reviewer for the Richmond Times Dispatch got it exactly right when he defied readers not to finish the book in a single sitting. I could not put this down. Very existential and psychological, not really much of a "thriller," but fast-paced, and after a few days you just want to pick it up and read it again -- it's a modest 2-4 hour read!

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