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City of Thieves: A Novel (original 2008; edition 2008)

by David Benioff

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Title:City of Thieves: A Novel
Authors:David Benioff
Info:Viking Adult (2008), Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Hardcover, 272 pages
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City of Thieves by David Benioff (2008)

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    The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad by Harrison E. Salisbury (MartinRohrbach)
    MartinRohrbach: Vom Autor selbst als Referenz in dem Buch erwähnt.
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    The Siege by Helen Dunmore (GCPLreader)
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    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (avalon_today)
    avalon_today: Kolya reminds me of Rudy, a bit older but none wiser, with his self-assurance and confidence, ok maybe he has lost some of his sweetness, but I still see the humor and zest for life.
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    Wolf Among Wolves by Hans Fallada (infiniteletters)
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    Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith (jennyl.keen)
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    Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith (Ciruelo)
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Wow this was great. Well written, strong characters. I've read a number of things on the siege and his depiction is right on. Will look to read more by him. Oh, and Game of Thrones is fantastic. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Sep 24, 2016 |
A perfect book. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
A story that, based on some of its incidents, should be horrific, but it is as satisfying and seemingly simple as a fairy story. ( )
  Lirmac | Jun 1, 2016 |
Book Description From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, 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 Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

My Review David Benioff is a very gifted storyteller. This book held my interest from the beginning until the very last page. I read it in one sitting and found it to be a page-turner. The characters are very believable and very well-drawn. The plot is full of tension and I could easily see a movie made from this book. It shows the senselessness of war and the survival of the human spirit. I would recommend it for people interested in WWII and Leningrad. I look forward to reading more from Benioff in the near future. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
City of Thieves – David Benioff
4 stars

Less than 300 pages long, this is a gripping story that doesn’t let go from beginning to end. During the desperate siege of Leningrad, two young men are given a reprieve from a certain death sentence. They must find a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of the colonel’s daughter. There is not one second of relief from the grim realties of war and starvation, but the story still has humor and humanity. This one belongs on the shelf with Catch 22 and Saving Private Ryan; coming of age amid the futility of war. It will make a very good movie.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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Gyllenhak, UlfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perlman, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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and if the City falls but a single man escapes
he will carry the City within himself on the roads of exile
he will be the City

Zbigniew Herbert
At last Schenk thought he understood and began laughing louder. Then suddenly he asked in a serious tone, "Do you think that the Russians are homosexuals?"
"You'll find out at the end of the war," I replied.

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My grandfather, the knife fighter, killed two Germans before he was eighteen.
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The Nazis had printed thousands of invitation cards to a grand victory party Hitler intended to throw at the Astoria Hotel after conquering, what he had called, in a speech to his torch-bearing strom troopers, "the birthplace of Bolshevism, that city of thieves and maggots." Our soldiers had found a few of the invitations on the bodies of fallen Wehrmacht officers. They had been reprinted in the newspapers, copied by the thousands, and nailed to walls all over the city. The Politburo hacks could not have devised better propaganda. We hated the Nazis for their stupidity as much as anything else--if the city fell, we wouldn't leave any hotels where the Germans could sip schnapps in the piano bar and bed down in the deluxe suites. If the city fell, we'd bring her down with us.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452295297, Paperback)

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, 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 Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

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Documenting his grandparents' experiences during the siege of Leningrad, a young writer learns his grandfather's story about how a military deserter and he tried to secure pardons by gathering hard-to-find ingredients for a powerful colonel's daughter's wedding cake.… (more)

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