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City of Thieves: A Novel
by David Benioff

Published: 2008-05-15
Hardcover : 258 pages
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From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev ...
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From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, 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, 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.

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When did these two characters - so different - really become allies?
Despite their deprivations and dangerous situations, Lev and Kolya seem to always be thinking about sex; what does is the author trying to say?
by FTessa (see profile) 01/27/11

Why doe Kolya form his alliance with Lev?
Talk about the friendships that occur in this novel.
Is this a believeable story?
by [email protected] (see profile) 05/22/09

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  "City Of Thieves"by KJmellen (see profile) 08/01/17

Well written dark comedy about a friendship developed in a week of shared tragic events. A different view of a World War II event.

 
by Felix27 (see profile) 04/05/16

wonderful pirtrayal of comoassion during times of unimaginable cruelty

 
by dezertgirl (see profile) 03/24/16

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