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ISBN: 0340822309 / ISBN-13: 9780340822302

City of Thieves

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  • City of Thieves (Sceptre) – Hardcover (2008)
    by David Benioff

    City of Thieves

    Hardcover, Sceptre
    2008
    320 pages

    ISBN: 0340822309
    ISBN-13: 9780340822302

    Four months into the siege of Leningrad, the city is starving. Seventeen-year-old Lev fears for his life when he is arrested for looting the body of a dead German paratrooper, while his charismatic cellmate Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested for desertion, seems bizarrely unafraid. Dawn brings, instead of the execution squad, an impossible challenge. Lev and Kolya can find a dozen eggs for an NKVD colonel to use for his daughter's wedding cake, and live. Or fail, and die. In the depths of the coldest winter in ... Show more

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Reviews of City of Thieves

Overall customer rating: 4.334
Susan W

Good not Great

by Susan W on Oct 7, 2010

Engaging story about Russians surviving World War II by their wits.

northanger

a really excellent read

by northanger on Sep 30, 2010

This is a very lively novel which doesn't mask the sometimes gruesome details of life during the Siege of Leningrad, but at the same time is, amazingly, very funny. The two main protagonists present vastly different types of young person, but both are entirely credible and endearing. Their relationship reveals a great deal about the ways in which an immensely stressful adventure can change an individual - or not.

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Beanie

Coming of age during the Siege of Leningrad

by Beanie on Jan 22, 2010

An off the wall tale of a search and adventurers of a Jewish teenage boy and a young awol Soviet army soldier on an impossible quest for a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of a corrupt Nazi officer ( and father of the bride) during the siege of Leningrad. Horror, depravity, ruthless killing, honor in the search for survival. Creative in plot giving details of the fight for existence of all protaganists..Nazis, Soviets, Russian people and the few remaining Jews who are hated by all.

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pamela1717
by pamela1717 on Jul 14, 2009

Very quick and easy to read although parts may be too graphic for some to handle. A different type (at least for me)of coming of age story for a seventeen year old during the seige of Leningrad. Once again, I feel how fortunate I've been to have never faced such hardship (starvation, death, constant fear of death--basically, sheer brutality). Benioff's story illustrates how war changes not only the soldiers but non-combatants as well. Through Lev's and Koyla's journey to find the eggs we encounter different characters who have responded to war in various ways. Not for the faint of heart but a worthy tale nonetheless.

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donna

City of snow, ice and starvation

by donna on Sep 16, 2008

Fast paced and interesting story of two people who get caught up in the nightmare world of the siege of Leningrad during WWII. One is a 17 year old boy, who is accused of looting and the other is a soldier, not much older, who is accused of deserting. They both get arrested and spend the night together in jail. In the morning, they are brought before the Soviet commander who gives them a chance to live. That is if they can find a dozen eggs in order that a cake can be baked for his daughter's wedding at the end of the week. What follow is the story of their quest for the eggs, the situationa they find themselves in and the characters they meet. Very good story that is well written and hard to put down.

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