City of Thieves, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


From the writer of the award-winning Game of Thrones series for HBO based on the books of George R.

R. Martin.'David Benioff is an exceptional storyteller . . . CITY OF THIEVES is tender, illuminating, and, be warned, often shocking.' Khaled HosseiniFour months into the siege of Leningrad, the city is starving.

Seventeen-year-old Lev fears for his life when he is arrested for looting the body of a dead German paratrooper, while his charismatic cellmate, Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested for desertion, seems bizarrely unafraid.Dawn brings, instead of an execution squad, an impossible challenge.

Lev and Kolya can find a dozen eggs for an NKVD colonel to use for his daughter's wedding cake, and live. Or fail, and die.In the depths of the coldest winter in history, through a city cut off from all supplies and suffering appalling deprivation, man and boy embark on an absurd hunt.

Their search will take them through desolate, lawless Leningrad and the devastated countryside surrounding it, in the captivating journey of two men trying to survive against desperate odds.


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I loved this book have already recommended it to several people who have also enjoyed it and are now busy recommending it to others.I agree that this reads like a movie but this only makes it more readable. I wont bore you with the details of the story which have already been described in earlier reviews but it is at times horrific, amusing, tender and sad. I couldn't put it down read it for yourself before the movie comes out.

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An absorbing story of friendship and survival, courage and the horror of World War 2 in Leningrad. I was completely immersed in this book and cared about the characters as if they were my friends. Get yourself a copy and enjoy.

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Rather than being executed for looting the body of a German paratrooper, 17-year-old Lev is tasked with the quest of locating a dozen eggs so a colonel's daughter can have a proper cake for her wedding. This is a difficult mission as the residents of Leningrad are under siege and reduced to eating book paste, sawdust-filled bread, and each other. I am not going to give away any more than that because I loved this book: it has friendship and pain, romance and adventure--an ALA Notable Book for 2009 and a perfect 10 for me.