“Thief of Glory, by Sigmund Brouwer, book review
Jeremiah Prims was 10 years old when his life changed, forever. He lived with his family in the Dutch West Indies where his father was headmaster of the school. But in 1942 the Japanese invaded the Southeast Pacific. His father and older brothers were taken to work, while the rest of his family was interned. In the camp, Jeremiah was the head of his family, as his mother was a little mental unstable (now we might call it bipolar).
Through out the weeks, months and years, Jeremiah does what it takes to care for his family, even at his own peril.
This book is quite honest and open with the cruelty and brutality in the camp, sharing in shocking detail. I was not quite prepared for the detail. While it was true, it was still shocking. Reader beware.
The opening and ending are interesting, and show how experiences in childhood can haunt or encourage us into adulthood. I do not want to give away the ending, but needless to say, it has an interesting ending.
I did enjoy the book, shocking details aside. It was a page turner, as I wanted to know what would happen next. The plot was thick, with many characters, but well written. I would recommend to history buffs, especially WWII.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
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WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2014)
Sigmund BrouwerABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor the his parent’s stories, especially of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.
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.