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City of Thieves
by David Benioff
Historical Fiction
From The Jacket:A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother wonít talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself built for deprivation. He is small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building. When a dead German paratrooper lands in his street, Lev is caught looting the body and dragged to jail, fearing for his life. He shares his cell with the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughters wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible. A search that takes them through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and the devastated surrounding countryside creates an unlikely bond between this earnest, lust filled teenager and an endearing lothario with the gifts of a conman. Set within the monumental events of history, City of Thieves is an intimate coming of age tale with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
A wonderful story that is equal parts tenderness, sadness and humor. It takes place during WWII and itís about two young men pushing their way behind enemy lines to find a dozen egg or die, which is of course absurd. But itís an engaging story with such great characters that you easily forget the unlikelihood of their mission.
by-Laura 2009/12/13, 12:46 PM
It was a great read, I enjoyed it and was certainly pulled into the story.
by-katie 2009/11/04, 04:28 PM
The friendship that existed between the two main characters is one I couldn't forget when the books ended. I will look for more by this author.
by-Terry 2009/11/01, 03:30 PM
A captivating story of bravery,friendship and courage. Benioff's amazing writing style perfectly balances the horrors of war with the warmth of friendship; an inspiring combination.
by-Lyn 2009/09/09, 07:23 PM
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