Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

From the publisher:
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. 

When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

Sigmund Brouwer is obviously a gifted writer.  The foreshadowing, emotional bond with the characters, and setting are just a few examples of a few things that show Brouwer's talent.

That being said, I did not like this book.  At all.  It was sad and depressing from start to finish.  The horror of the book made it hard to enjoy any part of it.  I kept hoping for something better to come but it never did.

As a Christian, reading a Christian novel I did not expect to read some of the descriptions that Brouwer had in his novel.  I also was hoping for a more developed Christian theme.

This is my first experience reading Brouwer and will give a different book another try.

I received this book free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

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