The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers...


The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly sometimes he doesn't even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him, nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends no connections. But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job he can't refuse.

This book is interesting. Yes, I think that's the word I would use to describe it. It follows a man who's been a thief practically his whole life, and the tricks of the trade were described in detail; from the flick of a hand to the shady extra pocket. Honestly, it was so enthralling to learn about a different lifestyle, albeit an unadvisable one. His life overall was rather shady and secretive, and due to this, you didn't know too much about the character, which was one of the charms of this book - the mystery.

The story, unfortunately, was less than desirable - nothing happened. Well, that's a lie of sorts, but not a lot happened, and when something did happen, it wasn't all that exciting or memorable. I could have finished this book in a day or so but it took me a week, and I think that's because it just didn't grip me. I like a book to grab me and throw me into the story straight away!

The Thief definitely has a cool vibe; it was edgy, dark, and I could almost picture this being a really good film - it was just an okay book though.

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