Title: Thief of Glory (A novel)
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
There are times when reading the synopsis of a book, one’s heart is moved to read and explore the tale. Such is true of Thief of Glory for me with a story written in a way that moves the heart and mind of this reader, making writing the review a profound task. There are multiple characters spanning several decades telling a story of bravery, courage, love and loss. The time is during WWII, and the place is the Dutch East Indies. This is a story of a young boy’s life, changing from one of privilege to one of captivity.
Sigmund writes a tale based somewhat on stories he heard about his grandfather and father, one who survived the war and the other who was lost. Some of the characters are drawn from real people whose lives were impacted in a positive way when nothing but evil was prevalent and death a daily occurrence in captivity. I could share with you what the story was about in more detail, but that is where the rub lies for it is a profound tale that impacted me. There are a plethora of outcomes for the children held in the camp with their mothers, and the courage to not allow the enemy without to steal the joy within.
I was caught off guard when I read the ending of the book, because most of the action takes place in flashback. Then, readers are thrust to the present to come face-to-face with what happened after the war, as well as when these captive children became adults and how were they affected by their experience. While it is a fictional tale, it is based on what the author learned of his grandfather’s and father’s experiences. Also, readers will be shown what good came out of the evil that attempted to wipe out all hope and life for anyone entering the captivity camps run by the Japanese.
The author shares very transparently about the real story behind the fictional writing on a website www.thiefofglory.com I hope people take time to read the novel and consider the multitude of themes presented, along with understanding that what we hear happening on the news today has occurred in history more than once before. If we ever grow accustomed to the actions or evil, God help us. But above all, let us not lose hope or faith that in all things God is present.
My rating is 5+stars.
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