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Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM By IanThornton

A wild, rollicking novel on chance, friendship, love, regret, and the entire history of the twentieth century.Johan Thoms is poised for greatness A promising student at the University of Sarajevo, he is young, brilliant, and in love with the beautiful Lorelei Ribeiro He can outwit chess masters, quote the Kama Sutra, and converse with dukes and drunkards alike But he caA wild, rollicking novel on chance, friendship, love, regret, and the entire history of the twentieth century.Johan Thoms is poised for greatness A promising student at the University of Sarajevo, he is young, brilliant, and in love with the beautiful Lorelei Ribeiro He can outwit chess masters, quote the Kama Sutra, and converse with dukes and drunkards alike But he cannot drive a car in reverse And as with so much in the life of Johan Thoms, this seemingly insignificant detail will prove to be much than it appears On the morning of June 28, 1914, Johan takes his place as the chauffeur to Franz Ferdinand and the Royal entourage, and with one wrong turn, he forever alters the course of history.Blaming himself for the deaths of the Archduke and his wife, Johan hastens from the scene, and for once his inspired mind cannot process what to do next Guilt ridden, he flees Sarajevo, abandoning his friends, family, and beloved in the fear that he has caused them irreparable grievance He watches in horror as the Great War unfolds, every death settling squarely on Johan s conscience Turning his back on his old life, Johan does his best to fade out of memory.But the world has other plans for Johan Thoms As each passing year burdens Johan with further guilt for his inaction, he seeks solace in his writing and in the makeshift family he has assembled around himself With everyone from emperors to hooligans at his side, and pursued by the ever determined Lorelei, Johan winds his way through Europe and the Twentieth Century, leaving his indelible mark on both.
  • Title: The Great & Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms: How One Man Scorched the Twentieth Century But Didn't Mean To
  • Author: IanThornton
  • ISBN: 9781451678482
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover

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Ellinor Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
It's very difficult for me to rate this book. I really liked Joan Thoms, the main character, with his cleverness but also with all his quirks. He's an extraordinary person and I really felt for him.On the other hand the book didn't get me hooked at one point. It was written in a very witty style and I really liked the allusions to a kinds of books. But the coincidences often seemed too constructed, the allusions were too numerous and the minor characters all a bit too unlikely: it's okay to have [...]
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Bettie☯ Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
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Nathon Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
This is an incredible story with so many layers that you almost have to read it twice. Other reviewers have sited the author's wonderful ability with a turn of phrase and indeed the book is chock-a-block full of hilarious descriptions befitting this soulful, funny set of characters. I've rarely laughed at so many oddball yet choice articulations of people and places.The impact that history has on the protagonist Johan is at least equal to the one that he thinks he has had on history. The interpl [...]
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Y. C. Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
I finished this book last night, and overall it was a pretty good read. Only problem? It was bit slow and tedious. I loved the characters. Johan was a weird kid and adult, but his quirkiness was endearing and his intelligence astute. He's like that eccentric uncle you're always so fond of. All of the other characters were so flawed, but I didn't get annoyed or angry at their actions, like I expected, but oddly amused. Everyone is very imperfect, but somehow Thornton presents them all the better [...]
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Brandon Forsyth Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Really disappointing. I love the set-up for this novel, but this is lazy, uninspired writing that offends almost every sensibility I have. It was somewhere in between the main character leaving the love of his life without so much as a word and the introduction of the mischievous-but-lovable orphan sidekick and his faithful dog that I began to hate this book.
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kaśko. Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Kto znowu przejechał się na ładnej okładce i chwytliwym tytule i dlaczego jestem to ja?
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Stephanie Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
My Summary: Johan Thoms is a genius. Literally. He frequently dazzles his colleagues with displays of his sparkling wit and vast knowledge. Nobody expected 'the man who knows everything' not to know how to reverse out of a turn; nobody expected the car transporting the Archduke and his wife to be targeted by assassins. And nobody - not even Johan Thoms - could have predicted the chain of events that would be set off by the deaths of the Archduke and his wife.As the smoke clears, Johan knows he m [...]
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Phillippa Fraser Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
What if you had made a mistake of such monumental proportions that you could never, ever, ever escape it? What if the direct consequences of your mistake stacked up on battle-fields, ripped the lives of families and nations apart and tore you from the person you loved most in the world? You'd want to keep a low profile on Facebook, screen your calls and take your name off Linkedin, these days. But a hundred years ago the only choice was self exile and self loathing.Johan Thoms was such a mistake [...]
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Peter Whitehead Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
It's a great read! I'm on my second read of this book after having enjoyed it the first time round immensely! I love the premise - that a seemingly insignificant yet highly intelligent young man with the world at his feet,makes a simple error in 1914. He perceives this to be the catalyst for the First World War and the subsequent carnage which blighted Europe and the rest of the world in the 20th Century. Johan's anguish and turmoil as he goes through life believing that his actions alone caused [...]
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Esil Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Some of the initial reviews and ratings for this book seem somewhat harsh. It is certainly well written and parts of it present a lovely quirky set of characters meandering through the first half of the 20th century in Europe. This book seems to be entering a field of other recently published books where history is viewed through the eyes of a quirky character going through some kind of personal pilgrimage that takes him/her by apparent happenstance to particular historical moments -- I am think [...]
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Greg Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Too bad. My hopes were high going into this. It seems like the marketing wants to position this as this year's 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. Sadly, it doesn't have the charm. Some characters are interesting, the writing itself is decent (Thornton does have a killer way with a turn of phrase - "she had a face like a blind cobbler's thumb"), but the lead character, who I wanted to drive the action, is just a big lump for most of the book. And the rambling on! So much [...]
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Amber Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Completely intriguing, engaging, and humorous at the same time. Amazing how much trouble one man can get in to! If "Murphy's Laws" need a mascot, Johan Thoms is it. Loved reading it, going through history and coming back around full circle.
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Ally Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
I loved Johan Thoms and his story and I think I would have finished and enjoyed this book if it had been a novella of just his part of the story but all the clever asides within the writing were just too much for me and I gave up before the end. Oh dear!
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Julienne Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Watch for my upcoming review in The Winnipeg Free Press.
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Meghan Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Apparently the full title is The Great & Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms: How One Man Scorched the Twentieth Century But Didn't Mean To. That is a pretty lengthy title. If nothing else, this book might win the award for the longest titled book I've ever read.Sometimes I read a book and from very close to the first page, I know this isn't a book for me. I know stories come to the author as they come; an author cannot necessarily give his characters or her setting some drastic makeover to appea [...]
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Rozachcz Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
This book really tried to be the next "The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" but failed miserably.The story is intriguing, set up and the overall idea are alos very interesting but the book's lost me about 1/3 through. Dull writing style and pushed humor ( but it got some good moments, I am not gonna lie)
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J.S. Colley Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Tale: 1) a fictitious or true narrative or story, especially one that is imaginatively recountedAt the age of seven, Johan Thoms outwits a chess master, but on June 28, 1914, at the age of twenty, he discovers he can’t drive a car in reverse. While chauffeuring the ill-fated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant wife, Sophie, he takes a wrong turn and haplessly delivers the couple into the hands of an assassin, and thus, (in his mind) starts a world war. Unable to face the ramifications of [...]
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Charles Puskas Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
The life & misadventures of Johan Thoms, promising university student, who drove the packard limo transporting Duke Franz Ferdinand, his wife, & a general to a second destination after their grand city hall reception on that fated day of June 28th 1914 when Princips, a member of the disorganized Serbian “Black Hand” assassinated the Duke & his beloved wife in Sarajevo. Johan flees the scene & makes his way westward (Italy, Spain, Portugal) and elsewhere (France, England) with [...]
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Simeon Fletcher Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
It is with a great deal of anticipation and perhaps a little cosmic intervention, that I have found myself with the time to sit back and really enjoy this book. I feel poorly qualified to respond to the book, but nonetheless wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I was engrossed from the first to the last line. It is sometime since I have become as emotionally involved in a book, as I did in this, but then, I am a sucker for a good love story.Firstly, this book looks good and feels good. [...]
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Justin Melter Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
For our AUTHOR INTERVIEW, FULL REVIEW and GIVEAWAY! Visit us at LazyDay/johanthoms4/5 BurgersThe Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms (How one man scorched the twentieth century but didn’t mean to) by Ian ThorntonJohan Thoms reminded me greatly of a phrase that I have heard attributed to um others more then once. Johan “can be the dumbest smart person you will ever meet”. He was somewhat distractedly chauffeuring the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his pregnant wife Sophie on the fateful [...]
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Shonna Froebel Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
This epic tale follows the life of Johan Thoms, as told by the son of a man that he told it to years later. Johan was born in the village of Argona, near Sarajevo. He was injured as a child and afterward taken on as a protege by Count Kaunitz, the man whose estate he was injured on. Johan developed a love for chess during his time recovering and showed an ability to converse with those from all backgrounds. He went on to study at the University of Sarajevo and here developed a close relationship [...]
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Tina Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
A great story must take hold of your imagination and take you on a rambling expedition. “The Great Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms” fits that bill. The tale begins with Ernest, a grandfather who is on his death bed, and has a fantastical historical account to tell his grandson. And so begins the story of Johan Thoms. Johan is an odd little boy who is born near Sarajevo, to overprotective parents Elena and Drago. Johan is brilliant, a chess master, and as a child , a loner who dreams of deer a [...]
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Erin Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Johan Thoms is a brilliant boy born in a small Bosnian village in the late 1800’s. While attending university in Sarajevo, Johan’s father descends into madness, forcing Johan to find work to help support his family. He becomes a driver for an Austrian general and on June 28, 1914, finds himself chauffeuring the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. When Johan takes a wrong turn onto a dead-end street, the duke and his wife are assassinated, igniting World War I and sending a guilt-ridde [...]
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Lianne Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
The scope of The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms is pretty vast, covering the first half of the 20th century with the build-up and the destructiveness of the world wars in Europe. There is a sense of magical realism throughout the book, of the whimsical and the absurd that made Johan’s adventures larger-than-life but at the same time I felt that it was missing something that made it really awe-inspiring (for lack of a better word).Johan is an intriguing character with different quirks [...]
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Patrick Munroe Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
An incredibly rewarding and enjoyable read. Masterfully written. I didn't enjoy the second half as much as the first half, but over-all it was a phenomenal story. I also learned a lot about history from this book (obviously I had to check sources since this is a work of fiction). The first half was a light-hearted good time with an incredible and diverse cast of characters. The second half nearly abandoned all of the characters I began to love, and introduced an abundance of characters that trie [...]
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Philip Cosand Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
It is an historical love story. That is, where one side really tries to get back together and the other side keeps running from an imagined guilt.There are enough quirks in the main character to keep things interesting. The chess games, the large head, the troubles with deers.And then there are the quirks that are just plain odd. The pristine edition Kama Sutra, the following in a parent's insanity, and the belief that decades of death are all your fault.It is the assumed guilt that is the harde [...]
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christine Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
I picked this up because the premise sounded so promising. For the first fifty pages, I was pretty happy – and then the voice began to grate on me. It’s the sort of humorous, irreverent voice that is fun to read in short stories (i.e. in small doses), but in longer narratives it’s too opaque and makes it difficult to be invested in the characters. Also, as the main character grows up, the narrative voice becomes increasingly and gratuitously crass. It’s not the sexual content so much as [...]
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Jenny Kim Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
The author’s writing style reminded me of John Irving and Louis de Bernieres (author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) but I felt like the author was missing the heart, emotional aspect that is prominent in both authors’ works. I felt dis-connected to all the characters. Johan Thoms is a coward, idiot, selfish and irresponsible; a character can’t be that stupid to believe that he is the cause of all wars (lives lost) starting from World War I. Because of this belief he runs away from his lo [...]
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Jenny Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
I don’t think that I have ever actually read a book before that I was so entirely uninterested in. The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms by Ian Thornton is a book whose subject and characters did not captivate me in the least. It took me six days to read to page 30, then I gave myself a pep talk and decided that it was only a book, it couldn’t beat me, and successfully read to page 219 (of 308) slowly and painfully over the next couple of weeks. For the next 40 pages I am not sure if [...]
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Ross Chiasson Sep 21, 2019 - 00:45 AM
Imagine a crass, sexually explicit, Dickensian novel and you might begin to have an idea of what the Tale of Johan Thoms is like. The premise is extremely compelling but I somehow found myself a little disappointed with the story as a result. While I can't place exactly what I thought the novel was going to be like it wasn't exactly what I expected. That being said, the characters are well drawn and likeable in a classical style. I cared enough to feel affected by the conclusion of the novel, wh [...]
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The Great & Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms: How One Man Scorched the Twentieth Century But Didn't Mean To By IanThornton A wild, rollicking novel on chance, friendship, love, regret, and the entire history of the twentieth century.Johan Thoms is poised for greatness A promising student at the University of Sarajevo, he is young, brilliant, and in love with the beautiful Lorelei Ribeiro He can outwit chess masters, quote the Kama Sutra, and converse with dukes and drunkards alike But he caA wild, rollicking novel on chance, friendship, love, regret, and the entire history of the twentieth century.Johan Thoms is poised for greatness A promising student at the University of Sarajevo, he is young, brilliant, and in love with the beautiful Lorelei Ribeiro He can outwit chess masters, quote the Kama Sutra, and converse with dukes and drunkards alike But he cannot drive a car in reverse And as with so much in the life of Johan Thoms, this seemingly insignificant detail will prove to be much than it appears On the morning of June 28, 1914, Johan takes his place as the chauffeur to Franz Ferdinand and the Royal entourage, and with one wrong turn, he forever alters the course of history.Blaming himself for the deaths of the Archduke and his wife, Johan hastens from the scene, and for once his inspired mind cannot process what to do next Guilt ridden, he flees Sarajevo, abandoning his friends, family, and beloved in the fear that he has caused them irreparable grievance He watches in horror as the Great War unfolds, every death settling squarely on Johan s conscience Turning his back on his old life, Johan does his best to fade out of memory.But the world has other plans for Johan Thoms As each passing year burdens Johan with further guilt for his inaction, he seeks solace in his writing and in the makeshift family he has assembled around himself With everyone from emperors to hooligans at his side, and pursued by the ever determined Lorelei, Johan winds his way through Europe and the Twentieth Century, leaving his indelible mark on both.

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