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A Thief of Time: A Novel Themes

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Themes

Loss and Grief

The two main characters and some of the minor ones have experienced the loss of a loved one, and the resulting grief influences their thoughts and actions. Aside from the primary element of mystery in the novel, the story can be thought of as a tale about how to cope with loss and find new meaning and worthy pursuits.

Joe Leaphorn has lost his wife of many years. Though she died in the hospital, her departure was unexpected. Thoughts of his departed wife color Leaphorn's every perception no matter the context. The most seemingly unrelated things make Leaphorn think of Emma. With her passing Leaphorn has lost all interest in life, and regaining this interest is his primary struggle. Leaphorn has to find a reason to want to live.

To a lesser degree the characters Jim Chee and Janet Pete have also experienced a loss, and...

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