City of Thieves: A Novel

by David Benioff | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0452295297 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDeepswampwing of Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on 5/11/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDeepswampwing from Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on Thursday, August 25, 2011
City of Thieves is a historical fiction novel by David Benioff. Both a coming of age story and a comedy, City of Thieves recounts the adventures of two young adults in Leningrad as they search for a carton of eggs for an NKVD colonel during the Nazi siege of the city during World War II.

The story as introduced is the recollections of a contemporary Russian émigré living in Florida. Seventeen year old Lev Beniov lives alone in an apartment in Leningrad (which the narrator refers to as "Piter", the nickname residents use for their city) as his poet father was recently abducted by the NKVD secret police and his mother and sister have fled the besieged city. Lev is arrested for looting the body of an ejected Luftwaffe pilot. Sent to prison, he meets Kolya Vlasov, a young soldier arrested for deserting his unit. Though just three years older than Lev, Kolya is more cultured and refined than Lev.

Lev and Kolya are brought to an NKVD colonel who barters with them: if they are able to obtain a dozen eggs for the colonel's daughter's upcoming wedding, the two will be given their freedom. If they are unable to find the eggs, a luxury in the starving city, both will lose their lives. During Lev and Kolya's journey for the eggs, they come across an assorted cast of characters, including cannibals and a group of Soviet partisans. Eventually, Lev and Kolya allow themselves to be taken prisoner by the Germans. To gain the coveted dozen eggs, Lev must beat a German officer in a game of chess. ...

Journal Entry 2 by wingDeepswampwing at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (9/4/2012 UTC) at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden

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En önskebok!
Tack för fint deltagande i sommarutmaningen!

Journal Entry 3 by Vilda at Stockholm, Södermanland Sweden on Saturday, September 08, 2012
Tack!! Så omtänksamt. Än en gång, tack för en rolig utmaning!

Journal Entry 4 by Vilda at Stockholm, Södermanland Sweden on Saturday, February 11, 2017
This had an interesting comination of Comedy and painful grief, hunger and all that hatred that war brings.

Warmly recommended

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