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review 2017-01-02 08:11
City of Thieves
City of Thieves - David Benioff

This is a historical fiction book that takes place during the siege of Leningrad during World War 2. The story follows Lev, a 17 year old Jew who was arrested for looting, and Koyla, a 20-something Russian deserter, on their attempt to find a dozen eggs to be pardoned for their crimes.

 

Historical fiction isn’t usually my genre especially if it is WW2 related, but I really enjoyed this book and how it looked at things outside of what we talk about during school (somehow my classes decided to ignore Russia when talking about WW2, seriously my history education was lacking). The book is both truly funny and horrifying at the same time. Benioff’s language has a detached quality that allows the reader to fill in a lot of the horror of the situation while giving you the “facts”, he’s telling you the horrible things that are going on but not in a way that is pulling at your heart strings. At the same time you get this strange friendship between Lev and Koyla which is really fun to read.  Also there’s a bad ass lady in here. The reason that this book didn’t get 5 stars from me was that a section of this book got a bit to fictitious and spelled out, which was in contrast to the things I loved about the rest of the book.

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review 2015-09-08 17:42
City of Thieves by David Benioff
City of Thieves - David Benioff

For a book that took place during WW2, specifically the siege of Leningrad, this was quite a light read. That was probably because the plot was centred on a search for a dozen eggs! That might sounds a bit weird, so let me explain.

 

Our two protagonists, Kolya and Lev, meet when they spend the night holed-up together in the Crosses, the Russian cells. Koyla is a twenty year old man who’s suspected of deserting his unit and Lev was found stealing from the body of a German air-fighter that dropped from the sky. Both are offences punishable by death, but instead of execution, they’re instructed by Colonel Grechko to locate a dozen eggs to be used in the baking of his daughter’s wedding cake. Yeah, you heard right, the country is starving and all the Colonel cares about is a wedding cake! There are no eggs to be had in a country rife with starvation, but Koyla and Lev are dedicated to the search and spend the rest of the book looking for these illusive eggs.

 

I really enjoyed the juxaposition of the war with a seemingly senseless search for eggs. It served as a distraction for the harshness that Lev and Koyla had to negotiate and in that way highlighted their humanity.

 

The writing was excellent and it flowed extremely well, propelling me forward when the harshness of the time made me want to stop reading.

 

This was a dark book that used symbolism and black humour to good effect. The characters of Koyla and Lev were entertaining, especially Koyla who was the instrument of much of the humour. I wasn’t particularly emotionally invested in them though, which was a pity, because it did mean the book had a lesser impact on me.

 

The pacing was OK, with a couple of surprises and enough happening to sustain my interest. Some events did feel a little contrived at times, but mostly it was well-done.
An enjoyable read that had very humane undertones and even though I may not think about it for long, I’ll always remember it.

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text 2015-09-04 16:30
Reading progress update: I've read 73%.
City of Thieves - David Benioff

For a story centred on a search for eggs, this is turning out to be a great read, albeit quite depressing. What can I expect from a book set during WW2, though!? The writing is so fluid and the narrative vivid that I'm hugely in awe of this author.

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review 2014-10-31 00:00
When the Nines Roll Over: And Other Stories
When the Nines Roll Over: And Other Stories - David Benioff Many know David Benioff as being overdue for another great novel!
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text 2014-10-02 13:54
#BookADayUK - Day 1: Book to curl up in front of a fire with
(CITY OF THIEVES) BY Benioff, David(Author)Paperback{City of Thieves} - David Benioff
Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak

Both of these books are set in Russia and it's often very cold in them so that you definitely need a fire when reading them.

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