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City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff
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City of Thieves: A Novel (original 2008; edition 2009)

by David Benioff

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Title:City of Thieves: A Novel
Authors:David Benioff
Info:Plume (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 258 pages
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City of Thieves by David Benioff (2008)

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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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    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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    Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith (Ciruelo)
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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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I picked this up pretty much at random, so I didn't know what to expect from the novel. It was sad in many places, but had some humor in the right places as well. Recommended to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and/or war stories with a human element to them. ( )
  ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
This is the type of story in which people are living in a time and place vastly different from our own. It makes you grateful for the simple things you have in life -- food, shelter and warmth. The backdrop for this story is the seige of Leningrad, and features two very different young men with one impossible goal -- find a dozen eggs in the beseiged city. In exchange, a powerful colonel will drop the charges against them, therefore allowing them to live. If you like historic fiction, this one is highly recommended. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Brilliant, humorous, and shocking. I just wished Mr. Benioff used the same deft touch in the Game of Thrones series, instead of one scene after another of gratuitous violence and misogyny. But perhaps he is not to be blamed. ( )
  AuthorGabrielle | May 28, 2017 |
A fantastic story about two people's survival in Russia during WWII. The journey these two had to go on and the steps they had to take to survive is incredible. Not only is the story captivating and amazing, but also the characters are written very well. It is obvious that the author has also worked on Game of Thrones, as much of the scenes and the character's topic of discussion have a similar feel. The book will put you on a roller-coaster of emotions and you will be unable to put it down. All around fantastic book. ( )
  renbedell | Apr 20, 2017 |
During the siege of Leningrad, in the hell between German and Russion forces, Lev is arrested and given a task of obtaining a dozen eggs in exchange for leniency. Joining him is a devil may care deserter - who has a penchant for the ladies.

The task is impossible, as food is non-existent, and the terrifying backdrop of Leningrad makes for a horrifying, thrilling and occasionally funny adventure that will not leave you for days after you've finished.

Highly recommended. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
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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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