The Palace Thief

The Palace Thief

Book - 1994
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Random House, Inc.
“Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect . . . [Ethan Canin is] a writer of enormous talent and charm.”
The Washington Post

“Character is destiny,” wrote Heraclitus–and in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken. In “Accountant,” a quintessential company man becomes obsessed with the phenomenal success of a reckless childhood friend. “Batorsag and Szerelem” tells the story of a boy’s fascination with the mysterious life and invented language of his brother, a math prodigy. In “City of Broken Hearts,” a divorced father tries to fathom the patterns of modern relationships. And in “The Palace Thief,” a history teacher at an exclusive boarding school reflects on the vicissitudes of a lifetime connection with a student scoundrel. A remarkable achievement by one of America’s finest writers, this brilliant volume reveals the moments of insight that illuminate everyday lives.

“Captivating . . . a heartening tribute to the form . . . an exquisite performance.”
The Boston Sunday Globe

“A model of wit, wisdom, and empathy. Chekhov would have appreciated its frank renderings and quirky ironies.”
Chicago Tribune


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Baker & Taylor
A collection of novellas by the author of Emperor of the Air and Blue River features characters who are trying to understand why their lives have taken such surprising turns. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. BOMC & QPB. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
In this brilliant new book, the author of Emperor of the Air and Blue River gives us four stunning fictional portraits - unforgettable stories in which moments of revelation illuminate lives.
"Character is fate," wrote Heraclitus. In The Palace Thief we meet people struggling to understand the strange, surprising turns their lives have taken. In "Accountant," a quintessential company man who has always played by the rules becomes obsessed with the phenomenal success of a reckless childhood friend. "Batorsag and Szerelem" tells the story of a boy's fascination with the rebellion and the mysterious life and language of his brother, a math prodigy. In "City of Broken Hearts," a divorced father tries to fathom the patterns of modern relationships. And in "The Palace Thief," a history teacher at an exclusive boarding school reflects on the vicissitudes of a lifetime connection with a student scoundrel.
The Palace Thief is a remarkable achievement, a fiction classic, by one of America's finest writers.

Baker
& Taylor

A collection of novellas features characters who are trying to understand why their lives have taken such surprising turns

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679419624
0679419624
Branch Call Number: FICTION CANIN
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 22 cm

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Mar 11, 2018

This book is made up of four long short stories. I read three of them. I enjoyed all of them, especially the one about the gifted brother with the invented private language. Two of the stories have a baseball theme-I only read one of these as I'm not into sports. They are stories about the inner lives of men. Lots of surprises too.

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