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City of ThievesIon about the cold and calculated way of the Nazis and the underfunded and yet heroic attempts of the Russian people to end them off And yet as important as the historical setting of the book is the thing that makes it work well is the commentary and thoughts of our two riends and eventually heroes 4 There are many other great characters in the book rom the brilliant and interesting Nazi leader an intense and talented young emale sniper and spoiled and wealthy man who sends them on their ridiculously mission in the irst place This book is the reason you read iction This is what happens during war people will do anything to Survive From Murder To Stealing from murder to stealing going on exhaustive ood hunts Absurdly as it sounds this becomes the cultural normIt s the Soviet Union 1942 Tension is thick with amine and war The Germans are beginning their invasion Two soviet thieves Lev and Kolya are captured and thrown into the same cell However instead of death they are given a 4 day reprieve with a mission to ind a dozen eggs or a wedding cake or a colonel s daughter This is their mission and the wild egg hunt they go on Trudging through a landscape of death evading nazis and cannibals If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song fighting their ownatigue and exhaustion an unusual Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford friendship begins Well drawn out human characters Lev Jewish shy and withdrawn paralleling that of Kolya a mild manneredellow providing humour on this bleak trekFrom calculated neglect to constipation this a story rich in all elements of character development Writing so palatable and simplistic yet rich in texture it was a pleasure to read 5 Thank you to my GR Ready for Summer friends who pointed this one out as a must read You know how annoying it is when a book s ending is so unrealistic that you say to yourself in disgust This would never play out like this in real life It s happened than once right But aunny thing sometimes happens on the way to the Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech forum Sometimes your peevishness gets assassinated Sometimes you re so damned entertained by a book that you act like a sailor on leave and say Ah what the hell Sometimes you re so amused by the characters that you see that suspension bridge of disbelief and you cross it cheerfully yetThis is the case with David Benioff s oddly mesmerizing historicaloray CITY OF THIEVES The uixotic uest book offers a little something or everyone Russophiles and history buffs will love it because it s set in Leningrad during the siege and the author has done his homework making the setting and background events accurate coming of age ans will like it Coming of age Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller fans will like it the protagonist a tough but runty Russian Jew who is only 17 will worm his way into the apple core of your heart Humor enthusiasts will take to it because it is rich with witty badinage much of it thanks to Kolya the Red Army sidekick whose libido leads him AWOL and into deep doo doo with the Russian militaryTogether Lev and Kolya are spared death oneor breaking curfew the other Dogs Behaving Badly for lookingor love when he should have been on guard with his unit if they can bring back a certain colonel one dozen eggs Why The colonel s daughter is getting married at the end of the week and needs a huge wedding cake in a city that is about as eggless as a grunting rooster Ridiculous Sure Fun Indubitably But the sights our heroes come across during their journey are anything but laughable and at times downright gruesomeWar is hell yes but it also offers ironies in spades Ante up then because Benioff is dealing You might consider Kolya a tad over the top and you might agree with me that the showdown with the Germans toward the end stretches things a bit but what the hell if you re charmed you re in a good mood and if you re in a good mood you tend to let certain things go Thus the suspension of disbelief Thus the First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There four stars Thus the hearty recommendation reservations notwithstanding This one s a page turner This one I think you ll like It s all about the uestWhen I read books I like to do a little research about the author time period the book itse. Strette e veloci Il colonnello ha detto che era suaiglia e che stava per sposarsi con un importante uomo del partito Un matrimonio vero alla russa con musica e danze e un solo problema la torta nuziale C’erano lo zucchero il miele la arina e tutti gli altri ingredienti ma mancavano le uova una maledetta dozzina di uova introvabili in tutta Leningrado per gli eroici soldati dell’Armata Rossa ma non orse per una volgare coppia di ladri Eccoli dunue Lev e Kolja alla disperata ricerca di dodici uova durante gli eroici giorni della resistenza di Leningrado Le loro vite di criminali sono state salvate dal magnanimo Stato sovietico in cambio di una piccola commissione Una commissione stramba ma non dannatamente impossibi. .
In the aftermath of my tryst with this beautiful intelligent novel I was hobbled by lancinating pain stemming rom a burning itching uestion repeatedly sounding off in my headwhy didn t I love this book MORE Why I love historical iction especially tales set in WW the Seuel and Benioff s crisp effortless prose is smart and pleasurable without ever become overly clever or self indulgent The plot device of surreal orced shopping expedition to track down a dozen eggs against the backdrop of the horrific Siege of St Petersburg was a wonderful vehicle to spotlight the everyday struggles of life during the longest and most destructive siege in the history of modern warfareAll signs point to a love connection Soa A terrific book that proves you don t have to write 700 or 800 pages to have real depth I m Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome fascinated by how Benioff managed to describe the characters enduring terrible hardship and the worst of one of the most brutal battles in history but the book doesn t read as grim or overly depressing That s not to say that there isn t real drama horror and sadness but the natural humor of characters keep itrom being just another book about the horrors of war What a wonderful book and why have I not read it before It reminded me of The Boy in the have I not read it before It reminded me of The Boy in the Pajamas both or its remarkable story and the uality of the writing The book is written as a retelling by the author of his Grandfather s early life specifically one week in 1942 the irst week of the year the week he met my grandmother made his best riend and killed two Germans During that week the Grandfather Lev was just 17 years old and living in Leningrad which was enduring the Nazi siege of 1942 Various events cause him to meet up with Kolya a Russian deserter who is only a ew years older in years but much in experience Together they set out on a ridiculous uest and witness many of the awful atrocities that occurred during that warThe characters of Lev and Kolya are what makes this book Kolya is by turns Space Kid funny and infuriating but is always lovable Their dialogue isreuently hilarious which prevents the story Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town from becoming overwhelmingly sad and horrifying The history was amazing how those poor people survived starvation during the siege I had not come across library candy before The will to live brings about some incredible inventionA sad sad ending with a sweet epilogue I have anotheravourite book How could you ear anything than deathEverything else offered moments of escape a paralyzed man could still read Dickens a man in the grips of dementia might have lashes of the most absurd beauty Lev Beniov wants to live He may not be clear about anything else but he knows that to be true Life becomes precious when being anywhere not just in the wrong place but just existing in space can turn into a death trap at any moment When his mother and sister Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water fled the city he decided to stay Now he is caught up in one of the worst sieges in the history of the world he is in Leningrad or as I always think of it St Petersburg Lev is seventeen years old Because it is mostly a city of islands Leningrad was isolatedrom the rest of the Soviet Union by the Nazis control or destruction of its bridgesWhen I went to Google the siege of Leningrad to brush up on the events that p Growing up in Poland you couldn t escape but be exposed to Polish war movies and dramas The war defined this country and its people with the country being completely destroyed and around 56 million people dead because the Western powers trusted Stalin the country borders also changed with parts of eastern Poland being ceded to contemporary Ukraine and Lithuania But the rotten top of the cake came when the country Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus fell under the influence of the USSR and disappeared behind the Iron Curtainor over half a century However Polish people are stubborn the 1980 Solidarity led to the creation of the Soviet s block Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse first trade union and the subseuent protestsormed a wave of reactions throughout Europe which eventually led to countries br. È of reactions throughout Europe which eventually led to countries br. È del 1941 a Leningrado La città è sotto l’assedio delle truppe tedesche e i suoi abitanti non hanno mai patito tanta Troubled Waters fame e tantoreddo Per Lev diciassette anni naso grosso e capelli neri iglio di un poeta ebreo scomparso un pomeriggio d’estate del 1937 dopo una visita della polizia sovietica alla sede della sua rivista letteraria e per Kolja giovane cosacco con la accia impertinente il mento orte il naso dritto e un ciuffo ribelle in testa la ame e il reddo sono però ben poca cosa rispetto a uello che la legge marziale prevede per loro Lev ha rubato il coltello a un paracadutista tedesco morto assiderato e Kolja ha avuto la brillante idea di disertare E per simili reati urto ai danni dello stat. ,

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of influence gaining independenceSo what did the Polish people do during all these grim years And they were grim all right imagine walking into a store and seeing nothing literally nothing on its shelves and then going into another one and seeing empty shelves again and in another one and another Food stamps were not welfare number of goods one could purchase was limited with most not being available at all The black market lourished or those who could afford it but mostly people stood in long ueues to buy whatever was available at the moment Everything was scarceimage error You can t burn a brick You can t starve a brickDavid Benioff s City of Thieves is a well written and engaging story set during the times of World War II in Russia s Leningrad Set in the year 1942 City of Thieves is all about the adventurous journey of two youths Lev Abramovich Beniov and Kolya Vlasov to ind a dozen eggs Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, for a Soviet officer but his confidence was so pure and complete it no longer seemed like arrogance just the mark of a man who had accepted his own heroic destinyLev and Kolya are aware that both will be executed if they are unable toind the eggs After reading Bon Bon Voyage for a while and looking at all the difficult times these two were going through it stronglyelt like buying a ew dozen eggs rom the nearest supermarket and time transporting them to 1942 s Leningrad An interesting charming and enthralling adventure I have read some good iction lately but this one is special like Catcher in the Rye or The Curious Incident or maybe The Kite Runner Instead of telling the story I will make observations as to why I loved it 1 Many historical iction novels are written rom the perspective of the thinking of the time Although it is interesting to observe how people think people thought in the past it can be a little too un modern and sometimes boring like reading Moby Dick or some other great but somewhat over the top book Here we are set back in time by the grandson who is just like us telling the story his grandfather tells him but with language and interpretations that are how we think about things today Instead of inding this tool to be unrealistic and too Hollywood modern I A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency found just the opposite Ielt like I really was back in time and I related to the Characters Like They Were like they were best riends and buddies I loved this approach to history telling 2 The primary relationship in the book is between a shy 17 year old Jewish boy who is intelligent clever educated and a great story teller There is a running dialogue in his head describing his sometimes ridiculous and unimportant thoughts and observations as life threatening things are occurring His older buddy is a young man of the world a college boy who is experienced with women a writer and philosopher a handsome and sometimes arrogant guy He puts his arm around his younger shy riend s shoulder and starts to teach him about wine women and song It is a touching and Ravishing Ruby fun relationship that works as well as anyriendship relationship I ve ever read The observations of the younger as to the older s sometimes graphic and raunchy statements and experiences are absolutely brilliant and spot on This is how life and relationships really work and the author has been able to convey these experiences in a way that makes us relive similar things in our lives as older kids taught us about what really goes on in the adult world and WE RE HALF THINKING IT S re half thinking it s lie and half believing it yet shaking our heads I can t think of a book I ve read that does this kind of coming of age relationship as well 3 Because the story moves ast and is about relationships and internal observations you would think that the history of the time is secondary However the story gives us a very realistic eeling of how it must have been to be suffering through the invasion of the Germans into Leningrad in the horrible cold of the winter without much good ood or shelter or euipment There is a lot of good informat. O e abbandono della divisa la pena prevista in tempo di guerra è una sola la ucilazione Stamattina i soldati sono andati a prenderli alle Croci il cupo carcere di mattoni rossi sulla Neva e li hanno condotti in una maestosa villa col portico di legno dove si aggiravano centinaia di berretti rossi e blu della NKDV la polizia segreta Dopo ualche istante di attesa i due ragazzi si sono ritrovati al cospetto di un colonnello con un collo taurino e tre stelle ben in vista sulle mostrine della divisa Il colonnello li ha dapprima suadrati poi li ha invitati a seguirlo Old Yeller fino ai margini deliume Sulla Neva ghiacciata una ragazza pattinava I capelli corvini legati in uno chignon morbido le guance sferzate dal vento Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer faceva piroette.