Tuesday, June 22, 2010

[Book Review] CITY OF THIEVES by David Benioff

Fiction /Historical

Sarah Frierson reviews CITY OF THIEVES by David Benioff (Viking, 2008)

Lev and Kolya have both been captured for capital offenses in the besieged city of Leningrad during World War II. Rather than face their executions, they can win back their lives if they can accomplish one simple task for a Russian general—bring him a dozen eggs for his daughter’s wedding cake. Did I mention that they were in Leningrad during the war? Not such a simple task, really.

This book is at times brutal and yet, at other times, deeply humorous—a coming of age story set within a war story. Benioff’s experience as a screenwriter is apparent, and a movie will take shape in your mind as you read it.

Sarah Frierson, History Department

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