Herr der Diebe

ISBN: 3791504576
ISBN 13: 9783791504575
By: Cornelia Funke

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"Du bist also wirklich der Herr der Diebe", sagte der Fremde leise. "Nun gut, behalte deine Maske auf, wenn du dein Gesicht nicht zeigen möchtest. Ich sehe auch so, dass du sehr jung bist."

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When I read the translations of Cornelia Funke's books (so the Inkworld books and this...) I feel like there's something missing. It might have got lost in translation or it might not have been there in the first place, but whichever it is, something doesn't feel quite right about this. There are some lovely descriptions and ideas in Cornelia Funke's work, it just somehow doesn't appeal to me. And I know her work is targeted at younger people, but I read plenty of YA lit and it doesn't have this effect.I felt there was something more lacking about The Thief Lord than about the Inkworld books. I'm pretty sure it's older, but regardless, it's not quite up to that standard. The idea is interesting, but it doesn't seem to quite mesh with the world that she writes about -- at first, for more than the first half of the book even, Venice is entirely as in reality (give or take improbable orphans) with fantastical stories, but reality more or less as we know it. The Magical Roundabout doesn't seem to quite fit in with that for me, even though it does for the characters, because that's full of a kind of magic that I can't see in the rest of the descriptions of Venice.I love the relationships between some of the characters here, in theory. For example, Bo and Prosper -- there's not much that gets me in fiction more than that kind of brotherly devotion in a relationship. But it just didn't click with me, the characters didn't feel real.It's a nice enough read, not too heavy, but I guess I just didn't feel a "click" with it. Not quite my thing, maybe.


Cornelia Funke is a great story teller, no doubt. This was a very fun book, full of elements to pique one's interest. It was chosen by staff at my daugter's school as one of the "Battle of the Books" reading promotion and competition.I just have to mention, though, that Cornelia Funke's writing doesn't quite sit right with me, though. (I felt this way about Inkheart and Inkspell as well.) Her moral framework is not...to the standards I would like. Although it may be reality that sometimes even good people lie or steal, etc., those are not the kind of traits I want my children to emulate. It would be one thing if these things were written into the story in such a way as to describe or explore the complexities of human character and a person's heart (which would make it an entirely different book, and probably one children wouldn't be interested in). But it is not written that way. Rather, all of these things are presented as just the way things are. To a young mind it would be another imprint, another example of mediocre morals being acceptable and just "the way things are." It may be the way things are in a lot of the world around us, but somehow to have it put in writing makes it a little too concrete. It's not the way things must be. We can choose to be different. This is not a book I will hand to my daughter. It won't be the end of the world if she finds it and reads it. It's not like it's outright damaging or that there's anything obscene in it. It's just the subtle message..."even the good guys can stoop to do bad things, but it's okay."


Even as a middle school-er, I had always found The Thief Lord to be a magical book. Venice was the perfect setting, and it's surroundings mysterious and beautiful. Prosper and Bo were the perfect balance to each other, and each of the characters well developed and interesting. I re-read this book to see if it was as magical as I remembered, and it was! Definitely Cornelia Funke's best book! (and her only good one, sadly. >~> Yes I have read Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, and don't get me started on Reckless!) A great children's book but still enjoyable by older ages, you will want to see Venice after reading this book.


Ages: 8 - 12Format: CDCornelia Funke's "The Thief Lord" reads like a modern-day Oliver Twist story for children (with an added splash of fantasy). It centers around two young boys from Germany who are recently orphaned. They do not like the relatives they are forced to live with, so they run away to Venice, a city that provides a rich backdrop for the novel. In Venice, the boys, Bo and Prospero, run across a gang of young orphans led by a slighter older boy known as the Thief Lord. The group commits petty crimes and lives in an abandoned movie theater. As the plot progresses, the group finds out some interesting things about the Thief Lord's background and gets tangled up in situations that are much larger than they are prepared to deal with. This book would be perfect to read to elementary school students. There is plenty of imagery that will encourage children to imagine the setting and physical appearance of the characters. The story will engage readers because it deals with children breaking all kinds of laws, a concept that most children, especially boys, are fascinated by. The reader for the audio version of the book was effective and did a good job changing his voice for different characters. However, his intense British accent didn't quite fit the book, considering that the protagonists are from Germany and the book takes place in Venice. Having a British reader was slightly distracting. An Italian or German reader probably would have been more appropriate.


Orang dewasa tidak ingat lagi, bagaimana rasanya,menjadi anak-anak.Walaupun mereka mengaku begitu.Mereka tidak tahu lagi. Percayalah padaku.Mereka sudah lupa semuanya.Betapa dunia dahulu berkesan lebih besar bagi mereka.Betapa repotnya memanjat ke atas kursi.Bagaimana rasanya kalau harus selalu menengadah?Lupa.Mereka tidak tahu lagi.Kau pun akan melupakannya.Kadang-kadang orang dewasa bercerita, betapa indahnyaketika mereka masih anak-anak.Mereka bahkan bermimpi menjadi anak-anak lagi.Tetapi apa yang mereka mimpikan ketika masih anak-anak?Tahukan kau?Aku rasa, mereka bermimpi ingin cepat-cepat dewasa.Kata-kata ini mengawali kisah yang terjalin di buku ini. Kisah tentang kakak beradik yatim piatu Prosper & Bo, yang meninggalkan rumah Bibinya menuju kota rembulan, Venezia. Kota yang selalu mereka ingin datangi dan mimpikan hanya dengan mendengar cerita ttg Venezia dari sang Ibunda.Kehidupan Prosper & Bo berubah saat di Venezia mereka bertemu dengan Riccio, Mosca & Tawon serta Scipio yang selalu menyebut dirinya Pangeran Pencuri. Yang menghidupkan ke 4 temannya dari hasil mencuri.Pertualangan semakin seru saat Bibi Esther, Ibu Angkat Prosper & Bo menyewa seorang detektif handal, Victor Getz. Dan itu belum cukup. Seorang pedagang antik yang tukang tipu, seorang conte yang misterius dan seorang fotografer wanita aneh, melengkapi petualangan mereka.Membaca buku ini benar-benar membuat gw berada di Kota Rembulan Venesia. Penggambaran Venesia detil sekali digambarkan oleh Funke. Tidak sekedar menceritakan fantasi tapi di sini Funke menyelipkan bagaimana Prosper sebagai kakak melindungi adiknya. Pertemanan yang tulus. Dan menunjukan bahwa orang tidak pernah puas dengan apa yang dimilikinya sekarang. Anak-anak yang ingin cepat dewasa karena peraturan yang mengekangnya dan orang dewasa yang ingin kembali ke masa kanak-kanaknya karena merasa masa kanak-kanaknya tidak sebahagia yang dipikirkan.


I was recommended this book years ago by my roommate and finally got around to reading it. A tale of charm, intrigue and adventure set in Venice, Italy. It follows two runaway brothers who travel to Venice after their mother has died. They travel to the magical city their mother always told them about and to escape their aunt and uncle, a cold unfeeling couple who only have an interest in the five year old Bo and his angelic looks. Prosper, not even in his teens was to be disposed of in boarding school, splitting up the brothers. Once in Venice, cold and hungry, they are taken in by a gang of street orphans and their leader, Scipio, better known as the Thief Lord. The book follows the children through an adventure, stealing a desired item for a wealthy client, trying to avoid a snoopy private detective on the hunt for Bo and Prosper, the police and a bevy of other threats. There is a bit of magic thrown in the latter half of the book, making it all the richer, a great quick read.


Book of the Year Awards... Really? Is it unsympathetic of me to think that this book is... childish? How reductive should authors of children's lit be?I've been working with a young student this summer, and The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a big favorite on the sixth grade circuit. This particular boy had chosen it for summer reading, and so I picked up a copy for myself.Enh.Billed as a "fantastical journey" through "the magical underworld of Venice, Italy", The Thief Lord follows a pair of orphaned boys on the run from their condescending aunt. They survive with the help of a small gang of children run by one boy, Scipio, who takes on the titular moniker. Trouble comes their way, though, as the boys' aunt hires a detective to track them down and as the gang discovers a secret that their leader has been hiding.Ok: Venice, gangs of child thieves, possessive relatives on the prowl... Prime fixin's for a romantic vision; sounds like the makings of a Dickensian tale. But as the story reveals itself--strict, impatient fathers; detectives with fake moustaches; grumpy shopkeepers--the more cliche and the less compelling it becomes.The Thief Lord doesn't run too deep. It's a fun tale that takes the reader through modern day Venice, and it seems to begin and end there: a fun tale. Well, a fun tale for kids. Everyone acts like children in this novel. Even the grumpy grown-ups. Especially the grumpy grown-ups.Even as a cultural piece (Venice!), the novel falls short. Aside from a few choice phrases in Italian, Funke doesn't take advantage of the opportunity to educate her readers (young and old) the way she could. The novel bounces from piazza to ponte, but everything--settings, characters, etc..--feels vague and undefined.Do I recommend this? Not really.Would I teach this? Nope.Lasting impression: The world of The Thief Lord didn't glow with it's own hidden knowledge the way Pullman or Rowling's worlds do. Characters move impulsively. "Brilliant" ideas don't seem so brilliant. Plot twists rely too much on coincidence and contrivances. Enh.

Austin Kurtti

** spoiler alert ** WARNING, this review contains spoilers."The Thief Lord" is a book about two boys named Prosper and Boniface (Bo), and their adventures with a band of Venetian kids who have run away from their families and made a home with each other in an abandoned movie theater. When Propser and Bo first arrive in Venice after running away from their aunt, they are tired, hungry, and lost until one of the kids in the group, Hornet, crosses their path and invites them to join their group. They are taken under the wings of the group's leader, who has come to call himself the Thief Lord (his real name is Scipio). Propser and Bo learn how the kids have lived off of Scipio's valuable loots as he claims to have robbed almost every rich household in the city. One day, Scipio is offered a deal by a mysterious man to steal a wooden wing from someone. The man promises he would pay Scipio very finely for successfully stealing the wing. This caused the kids in the group to become very excited and they wanted to be apart of the robbery. However, before they carry out the robbery, they learn that Scipio is not a homeless boy like everyone thought he was. He was actually apart of an extremely rich family and has been stealing from his parents all along. This causes Scipio to be shunned from the group and the kids decide to carry out the contract with the old man by themselves without Scipio's help. As they are robbing the house for the wing, they are caught by the owner of wing. This woman tells a story about where the wing was supposed to originate. A magical merry-go-round that if activated, will cause old people to become younger, and young people to get older. Eventually, the old man that wanted the wing goes onto the merry-go-round and becomes a boy and is substituted for Propser and Bo to their aunt who has been looking for them the whole time. Scipio is forgiven by the group, and he takes them to his real family this time.I gave this book a rating of four stars because i thought this book was well written and had a good plot line. It had a lot of good imagery and taught many useful lessons. Some themes of the book might include identity, honesty, frinedship, and maturity. One good representation of the theme of maturity is with Prosper near the end of the book, "Problems don't just disappear because you've got older." These main themes are reflected in the book numerous times by Funke. These themes help make it a stong book.Overall, I believe this book was targeted towards a younger audience. This book has many lessons that teach kids about basic values. There is a lot of content in the book that is centered aroud growing up, being honest, working together, etc. For instance, when Prosper and the others learn of Scipio's true identity, Prosper displays values that include honesty and true identity. "The Thief Lord was a little rich boy's game. And we were your fools." Prosper is taking a stab at Scipio because he feels like he has been betryaed by him.In summary, this book was entertaining and a good read. It had many good lessons to teach with memorable central themes. However, I think this book is targeted towards a younger audience so it might not be as appealing to older people.


Prosper and Bo are on the run from their aunt and uncle who want to separate the brothers by having the young Bo live with them while shipping the older Prosper off to boarding school. With hopes of staying together, they flee to the magical city of Venice where they are taken in by a mysterious boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord". With the help of their Thief Lord they are able to reside in an abandoned movie theater with other young runaways - who they consider family and the dilapidated theater a home. Along the way we also meet Victor Getz- the detective hired by Bo and Prosper’s aunt and uncle to help find the boys (and by far my favorite character). This story was such a fun, action-filled, fast-paced adventure! I loved all the details and descriptions of Venice. The characters were full of wit and quite funny. The story itself is well-written has the perfect combination of magic, imagination, and reality.For those of us who love adventure, twisty plots and witty characters - this is really a treat.

Minne Chu

The Thief Lord is a story I've read written by Cornelia Furnke. It is a fiction and is also a fantasy thriller. In the Thief Lord, two orphan brothers ran away to Venice from their aunt and uncle. Because of this, Bo and his older brother, Prosper, ran away from them and went to Venice because of their mother's fantastical stories of Venice. One day, they meets an orphan girl called Hornet, and meets other many orphans; Riccio, Mosca, and their leader, who calls himself the Thief Lord. The orphans go on an adventure that threatens the orphans' happiness, and shows the orphans a great treasure that can change one's life.. and then for the next part, you can read the book and find out now.This book is fun and is a good story to me at first. It was a thrilling and fun book. I kept reading and it became more and more engaging. Then suddenly it became so boring. I don't enjoy reading fantasy books, especially something about magicians, like Harry Potter. But at first, I thought that this book was not a fantasy book, so I was so happy and enjoyed reading. But when I read nearly to the end, I realized that this contained fantasy! Sometimes, I enjoy reading full-fantasy books too(if it's not about magicians). But I really didn't like when those who doesn't has any magic at all suddenly meets a fairy-tale-like something and then it ends in this book. I wished that the orphans solve the problems they have for each of themselves. And also, I wanted for the writer to teach us that if we all gather our small powers, it can be really strong. But at the end, it kind of breaks. I could see the writer trying to make the gathering a little bit more, but still it broke apart. Even if the end was not so good to me, the rest was really fun. It reminded me of Venice, where I went on a trip a few weeks before. The story often tells about Venice's old houses and the Vaporetto, and the Rialto Bridge, and it's really in Venice. It's the similarities of the story's Venice and the 'real' Venice. However, the gorgeous house which is shown at this book is not in 'real' Venice. (Well.. It is a fiction..but there were no gorgeous houses in Venice!! Not even one!!) Well, there might be some houses that are a little more richer than others, but there were no really big houses with a gorgeous door like a house at The Thief Lord. That is the difference between the 'real' Venice and the book's Venice.I recommend this for someone who likes adventures. That's because there are a lots of adventures in this book. Also, I recommend this for someone who knows the Italian language well because there are some Italian words in the book and you have to find the meaning at the back of the book to know what it means! It really irked me because I don't know Italian language. I also recommend this book for somebody who likes fantasy AND a realistic fiction, and likes a book mixed up with both of them. That's because this book is realistic at first, but has fantasy at the end. It is mixed up. If you don't like just one, this book would be boring to you. This book made me think that if we gather each of our small powers, we can do anything. (Even if the end doesn't really mentions this..) If we don't gather our powers, our own powers are so weak that we cannot do anything except just follow orders and do as we are told."He had given himself a name that everyone had to call him. It was 'The Thief Lord.'" Yes, The Thief Lord.

James Maxon

I decided to give this one a try because it was written by an author I have come to like. At first, I assumed it would be just another Fantasy story along the lines of Inkheart and Igraine The Brave, but I was surprised to find how few fantasy elements it had. In fact, it wasn’t until further along in the book that I discovered the fantastical properties. It is nice to see writers who are able to pull off more than one format.I believe there is also a movie version of this story, but I have not seen it, so keep that in mind when reading this review; the two may be quite different.Story overview:After the death of their mother, 12-year-old Prosper and 5-year-old Bo run away to Italy; the place their mother had told them was magical. Shortly after they arrive, it becomes clear to them that there is little magical about it. They meet a group of street kids who survive by stealing from tourists, overseen by a 13-year-old boy who goes by the name of The Thief Lord.Prosper and Bo’s aunt hire a private detective named Victor Getz to track down the two boys. At first, you might think that she misses them, but ultimately her plan is to put Prosper in an orphanage and keep Bo like a little toy puppy. This is the reason they ran away in the first place. Unbeknownst to their aunt, Victor turns out to be a nice man who helps the children in more ways than one.When an old man gives The Thief Lord a special job, things begin to change. The task is to find the missing wing to a supposed magical Merry-Go-Round. The legend is that anyone who rides it can become either younger or older. When things go wrong, Bo finds himself captured by his aunt, The Thief Lord’s true identity becomes known (getting him ostracized by everyone), and the money they receive from the job turns out to be fake. Yet Prosper and The Thief Lord team up to complete the task so that they can ride the Merry-Go-Round and become adults who are in charge of their own lives. Their only hope is that the legend is true.My thoughts:I liked this one. I didn’t love it, but it was pretty good. The story definitely got more exciting about three-quarters of the way though. The characters were believable, the landscape and settings well described, and the situations fun to watch unfold (that is, in my mind’s eye). I would recommend it both to those who liked Cornelia Funke’s other books, and those who have never read anything by her before; the story stands strong on its own.Things to consider:Barnes & Noble lists this for ages 9 to 12. I agree with that, however I would expand the age group to include teens and adults. There are no sexual situations, coarse language, or extreme violence. Overall, a pretty clean tale.

Taylor Natkin

The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke, is a fantasy novel about a two orphaned kids. After being told Prosper, a boy around twelve years of age, and his younger brother, Bo, were going to be separated through adoption, they run away to Venice, Italy. Nearing winter, Prosper believed he would have to turn themselves in to save his little brother, who was ill. Luckily, the boys were saved by a young girl, with the nickname Hornet. She brought them to her hideout, which held two more boys. Their leader Scipio, the Thief Lord, does what he says he's best at, and keeps the children safe by stealing and selling. Little did the children know that their lives would change forever after being offered five million lire for stealing something sentimental for an elderly man. With this, the adventure began. The children learn the dark truth of the Thief Lord, and how he came to be, and they find something powerful that will change their lives forever. The plot of the novel was well thought out. You have this group of kids, and at first you don't know where the story is going. Then this one little thing happens that changes the whole book, from the children having a pretty simple and quiet life, to much running and excitement. As the novel moves forward, you begin to understand that the characters are stuck making a very important decision: will you do everything in your power to keep yourself safe and out of trouble, or are you willing to give up your childhood for the ones you love, and to keep THEM safe. "Do you sometimes wish you were grown- up?" was the question Prosper often asked. Would he be willing to give everything up to stay with his brother? This novel teaches you that there's more to life than wanting good for yourself, and if you only want for yourself, there won't be much good at all. It's about others, because they're the ones that keep life going. There is always another reason to keep going. The author, Cornelia Funke, did an amazing job writing this novel. She knew just when to add little hints to the story to pull you in, and to keep you wanting more. For example, when you first meet Scipio, the Thief Lord, you don't know anything about him. He's a mystery. You begin to wonder why he's protecting these children and how he can possibly make so much money stealing being only a kid. Funke, slowly unfolding the truth, makes it so it is absolutely impossible to put the book down. She brings magic to Venice, and life to the characters. In opinion, I believe that Funke's style of writing is brilliant. She chooses exactly the right words, and she puts them in a way that makes you feel as if the book is coming alive.

Clarissa Amabel

What a wonderful story!My favorite character, aside from the kids, is Venice herself. Cornelia Funke has weaved her story so brilliantly in a gorgeous setting, describing the city as if it had its own personality. I think the story wouldn't be as awesome if it were set somewhere else. The mystery that is Venice, the beauty that is Venice... it took my breath away more than once. I also adore the simple illustrations that began each chapter, allowing us a glimpse of the wonderful world these kids live in.Ah, the kids. My favorite out of the children has to be Prosper. I imagine him to be this sort-of emo kid who doesn't talk much but has very sharp wits and cares for his brother with his life. Um, maybe the emo part is not very cool, but I love him anyway. And what kind of name is Prosper? It sounds just splendid on your lips, doesn't it? I bet my Chinese grandparents would love that name.The story itself is spellbinding, for me. I love to imagine how it would be, living in an abandoned movie theater with a bunch of friends. I imagined it a bit like August Rush and his hideout. Cornelia Funke has also created some action scenes that made my heart rush and my eyes read several lines at once, just because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.Truly, though, the gold nugget lies with the story's characters. Victor the detective with his kindness and two pet tortoises, Ida the quirky bachelorette, and of course the Thief Lord himself, Scipio. Beautiful characters, with fun personalities.The only problem that I sort of have with the book is the near ending, where the plot twist happens. The fantasy part was a bit out of tune with the rest of the book. I also didn't really like how Barbarossa got whatever he wanted--I'm a bit old fashioned, I think villains should be punished :pBut that said, the book managed to keep me up until 5.30 in the morning, and hopefully I'll dream of Venice tonight. How I long to run my fingers across the stone walls that hold so many stories! How I long to gaze at the proud winged lions that keep the city safe! How... strange that I am writing like this.

Melon Manis

Anak-anak sering tidak sabar ingin cepat dewasa.Karena jika sudah dewasa, boleh melakukan banyak hal, serta tidak melulu diperintah dan dilarang oleh orang dewasa. Bebas.Sebaliknya, orang dewasa pun adakalanya ingin kembali menjadi anak-anak.Tak perlu memikul tanggung jawab orang dewasa, tak banyak hal yang perlu dipikirkan dan dipertimbangkan. Bebas. Herr der Diebe (atau dalam rilisan Indonesia diterjemahkan menjadi Pangeran Pencuri), membawa tema demikian. Bagaimana anak-anak dan orang dewasa ingin bertukar posisi. Tokoh-tokoh utama dalam novel ini adalah anak-anak jalanan, yang di antaranya kabur dari keluarga karena tidak ingin diasuh famili yang sebenarnya tidak peduli dengan mereka. Dalam kumpulan mereka, ada tokoh yang dianggap idola dan dijadikan panutan, yaitu Scipio alias sang Pangeran Pencuri.Scipio juga anak-anak seperti mereka. Tetapi kehadirannya yang bak Robin Hood, tiba-tiba datang berkunjung membawakan benda-benda yang bisa mereka jual, kemudian pergi lagi entah ke mana, memposisikan Scipio bagai pemimpin mereka. Belum lagi topeng yang kerap ia gunakan menambah kesan berkharisma.Situasi yang lalu mereka alami yang melibatkan seorang detektif sampai bangsawan tua, perlahan merenggangkan hubungan anak-anak yang lain dengan Scipio, apalagi setelah identitas si Pangeran Pencuri diketahui oleh mereka.Sebenarnya benda apa yang diincar si bangsawan tua, sampai ia tega berbuat apapun?Hal yang saya suka dari novel ini adalah poin bahwa 'orang dewasa sering lupa bahwa mereka dulunya juga anak-anak'.Karena lupa, maka sering memperlakukan anak-anak tanpa ingat bagaimana mereka dulu ingin diperlakukan.Anak-anak, walau sudut pandang dan pengalamannya belum sekaya orang dewasa, bukan berarti mereka tidak bisa menilai dan tidak bisa berpendapat.Dan yang terpenting, bukan berarti penilaian dan pendapat mereka tidak bermakna :DSeandainya komunikasi dengan anak-anak juga melibatkan pemikiran dan pendapat mereka, mungkin tidak ada Scipio yang terus berpikir ingin lekas jadi orang dewasa dan tidak membutuhkan fase anak-anak :))


** spoiler alert ** I hope you won’t take it the wrong way if I say the Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke has all the makings for a really horrible Nickelodeon-style tween movie**. It features: a kid-pleasing premise (children surviving together without adults), bumbling adults (whom the kids trick and fool), helpful adults (the conveniently wealthy Ida), capers in exotic locals (Venice, Italy), a diverse cast of characters (one is black; one is a girl) and horrible villains who nonetheless, are not all that scary or abusive.Fortunately, the novel has considerably more charm. There are sweet relationships between Prosper and his little brother; between Scipio and his band of merry men; between Hornet and her books. There are touching notes of wistfulness in the Conte’s story and in Scipio’s father issues. I have to say that the magical merry-go-round came out of left field and I am not sure it exactly fits, but I’ll give it a pass.I probably would have liked it much, much more as a kid, when its themes, ideas and tropes would have been more important to me. Still, even today, it was enjoyable and appealing.** Turns out, there was a movie made in 2006. I just may have to check it out.

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