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The Alchemist's Apprentice Paperback – 5 Jun 2003

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"I couldn't put the book down" The Irish Post

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A historical picaresque novel by master storyteller Kate Thompson recounting the adventures of a boy trying to understand what really matters in the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly insightful 2 Sept. 2013
By Jodi C Ingersoll - Published on
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What i assumed a work of fantasy fiction was instead a timeless journey of growth, endurance, and breaking free from the captivity we allow ourselves to accept as life. So glad to be wrong. I really loved this story. It stirred the youthful exuberance hiding behind a life of choices. Now i see my future colliding brilliantly with the present, thanks to a brilliantly crafted protagonist.
2.0 out of 5 stars A little depressing 4 Nov. 2014
By Jay in Mecosta - Published on
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I had high hopes based on the two reviews that were posted here and because of Kate Thompson's literary awards. We all have different tastes in literature, and this was not my cup of tea. First of all this novel seemed dark and dreary. There is very little warmth and sunshine until the end, and that is only a glimmer. The characters seem to fade in and out without much distinction, the evil ones are not so evil and the good ones are only fair. No hissing the villain or cheering the heroes is to be done. The main character, Jack, did not elicit any sympathy from me, even though he was orphaned, poor, and malnourished. No David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, or Tiny Tim, is our Jack. I can only attribute this to his lack of character, as he showed bravery only once, and was without compassion or thankfulness. When he does have the opportunity to rise out of his destitution his actions are abhorrent, greedy, petty and...( I stop before being a spoiler). The presentation of alchemy in the book is interesting, however it is somewhat muddy and I have my doubts whether a young reader would hang on to all the symbolism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the alchmists apprentice 9 Jan. 2010
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i think that this book is a gripping novel on a boy that just wants to fit in.His life is going well until he runs into trouble big trouble.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 31 May 2016
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A really great parable
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