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City of Thieves: A Novel de David Benioff
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City of Thieves: A Novel (2008 original; edició 2009)

de David Benioff

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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 chance at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful 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 to find the impossible.… (més)
Membre:mstruck
Títol:City of Thieves: A Novel
Autors:David Benioff
Informació:Plume (2009), Paperback, 258 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Leningrad, WWWII

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City of Thieves de David Benioff (2008)

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    La lladre de llibres de 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 de Harrison E. Salisbury (MartinRohrbach)
    MartinRohrbach: Vom Autor selbst als Referenz in dem Buch erwähnt.
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    Gorky Park de Martin Cruz Smith (Ciruelo)
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  ejmw | Aug 4, 2021 |
For a book centered around the siege of Leningrad in WW II, "City of Thieves" was thoroughly engaging and captivating. It focused much less on the battlefield horrors of war, and much more on the developing friendship between two very different young men, thrown together by wartime circumstances. The two, a young Jew named Lev, and the slightly older and more worldly Kolya, are tasked with going behind the German lines to find eggs for the Colonel's daughter's wedding cake. The ridiculous assignment put the men in several unusual circumstances, which allowed the characters to be developed nicely during the course of the book without depending upon the horror of war to keep the reader engaged. City of Thieves is a good choice for readers interested in historical fiction.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
17-year-old Lev Beniov caught looting a German paratrooper's corpse is thrown in prison where he meets Kolya, a Russian Army deserter. The penalty for these crimes is death. Instead, Colonel Grechko spares their lives if they acquire a dozen eggs for the colonel's daughter's wedding cake in six days: none are left in WWII's St. Petersburg. Their mission exposes them to heinous acts of a starving population, and they head out to the country where the Germans are camped. Lev and Kolya join a group of Russian militants to kill the commander of the local occupying German forces, culminating in a chess match between Lev and the commander. Lev and Kolya have wonderful personalities, become fast friends despite their vast differences, and are believable older male teenagers. 4.5 stars.
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This short (258 page) book took me far too long to read; not including the holiday weekend I should have been able to finish it in a day but it took me 5 days.

On the surface, it's a good story about two guys who are sent on a ridiculous mission. Then the layers of it being WWII Leningrad, one being a Red Army soldier and the other a 17-yo Jewish boy are added along with other experiences [I won't add those, because spoilers] and you get a story with the potential to be good. I'd heard mixed but positive reviews of the book so I was interested. I was hoping this would be something daring and adventurous.

This fell flat in the areas where it counts: character development, reader investment, and strong finish.

Even before the first chapter, Benioff inserts himself into the story to give the background of what he's about to write: this is a story of the war told by his grandfather, this is his grandfather's experience that Benioff has always wanted to hear and write down. You know, a personal touch to a part of history that so many people learn, read, and talk about and but for a few, never get to hear direct family tales. I didn't like it. It should have been an afterward, not the setup to the story. Benioff lays out everything in vague descriptors before he ends it with something his grandfather supposedly said which was: "You're a writer, make it up." Reading that made me mad.

The story plods along with young Lev and how he's living in Leningrad at this point, the catalyst for him being sent on the ridiculous mission, meeting the Red Army soldier - Kolya, who was a university student and is supposed to be some sort of comic relief but spends most of the story talking about taking a shit, sex, and some book no one's ever heard of.

Lev barely develops throughout the experiences. We get glimpses of him having thoughts about his feelings but not actually having the feelings; he never breaks down, he never screams, he never punches the air. He walks on, half-asleep most of the book. For all the things this kid is going through, maybe the point was it made him stalwart and stoic, better able to resist a breakdown but I doubt it.

The writing wasn't anything special. It wasn't bad but it also wasn't what made me keep reading. I figured out the ending before the two guys were away on their mission, because of what Benioff had said in the beginning section; which again, made me mad.

There are narrow escapes and close encounters of battle. But again, because of what Benioff did in the beginning, I already knew the outcome of those battles. By the end of the story, I didn't feel relief, grief, connectedness to the characters, laughter, or anything; I really sat there and said "meh."

I'm giving this 2 stars because I don't do half points but it doesn't deserve 3. It's not so bad as to be unreadable but it also isn't something I am willing to recommend wholeheartedly and it certainly isn't something I'd opt into a movie or television show - yes, I went there GoT fans.

**All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
  The_Literary_Jedi | Jul 5, 2021 |
Stalingrad or Peter during siege; funny, terrifyng, fast-moving. published 2008; read 2010
  18cran | May 28, 2021 |
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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

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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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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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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 chance at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful 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 to find the impossible.

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