City of Thieves
A NoveleBook - 2008
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, the New York Times bestseller 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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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runfastread Mar 18, 2014
This is a dark tale of war, courage and survival.... not for the faint of heart.. .but so worth the read! It is about the siege of Leningrad during the second world war. Lev Beniov is a young Jewish teen, too young for the army, who works as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.... Read More »
wendybird Jan 30, 2012
If you need a book to take you away (even if you end up in WW II Leningrad), this is the one. Couldn't put it down, and was surprised with plot twists & turns. Believe it or not, there is humour here, albeit it often turns as black as the Soviet sky.
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Lev and Kolya are natives of Piter during the siege of Leningrad. The unlikely pair get thrown together in a jail and are offered their freedom if they can come up with a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of an official's daughter. Great historical novel that recounts the siege from the Russian point of view. Characters display humor, courage and ingenuity. Loved the bittersweet ending.
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