City of Thieves) [E–pub/Pdf] ç David Benioff

  • Paperback
  • 258
  • City of Thieves
  • David Benioff
  • English
  • 14 October 2020
  • 9780452295292

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City of Thieves review ¼ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook read City of Thieves 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 dire. in the aftermath of my tryst with this beautiful intelligent novel I was hobbled by lancinating pain stemming from a burning itching uestion repeatedly sounding off in my headwhy didn t I love this book MORE Why I love historical fiction 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 forced 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 Soagainwhy wasn t I smitten The only diagnosis I arrived at to explain my muted affection for this novel was that it was too detached an experience The story while giftedly told never truly pulled me within its sphere of influence The events encountered by the plot s main characters Lev and Kolya despite being well described and at times harrowing never completely captured me This lack of involuntary engagement in the story left my enjoyment dulled and pretty much doomed me I think being actively vested in the characters and being held captive by the sense of place created by Benioff is vital to a genuine enjoyment of this story For me sadly it like seeing photos and video of someone else s exciting vacation rather than experiencing it myself Still there were flashes of engagement for me that left me breathless and cemented the fact that I would at least like this story The scene with the cannibals had me duct taped to my seat Benioff s talent during this portion was writ large on the maruee as he handled this potentially cartoonish scene so deftly that you just knew he was writing truth I haven t personally researched the level of cannibalism that occurred during the 900 day Siege but Benioff s depiction of it felt absolutely authentic The mine strapped anti tank dogs lying dead in the snow and the sole survivor found bleeding by the characters was very powerful and I felt ache To be able to evoke such emotion for an animal in the midst of the almost unimaginable suffering taking place all around them was a further display of superb craftsmanship on the author s part The description of the casual sadistic atrocity perpetrated by the German einsatzkommandos against a Russian peasant girl for trying to escape forced prostitution is seared on my memory Most noteworthy is that Benioff handled it without any melodrama and this understated just the facts ma am recounting made it all the chilling The Chess game I loved it I m not going to spoil anything but I thought this scene was handled wonderfully when it could have derailed easily into Hollywoodness It didn t and so another cap tip to the author In addition to the above I enjoyed the way Benioff blurred the lines between reality and fiction by using the story within a story framing device The novel is told as the embellished memoir of Benioff s own grandfather detailing his experience during the siege This adds a real sense of authenticityhowever it was also part and parcel of its downfall for me as it added another layer between me and the events of the story This further heightened my lack of connection to it In the end I think this is a skilled work by an excellent story teller with real talent for writing The story just never uite clicked for me and I found myself hopelessly undevoted to it I wish that wasn t the case but it was Thus the best I can do is 30 stars and to point to all the kudos above so that you will understand why I am still recommending that you give it a shot There is much to like here and hopefully you have a engrossing experience

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City of Thieves review ¼ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook read City of Thieves S to find the impossibleBy 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. 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 find a dozen eggs 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 to find the eggs After reading for a while and looking at all the difficult times these two were going through it strongly felt like buying a few dozen eggs from the nearest supermarket and time transporting them to 1942 s Leningrad An interesting charming and enthralling adventure

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City of Thieves review ¼ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook read City of Thieves Ctive 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 line. This is what happens during war people will do anything to survive from murder to stealing to going on exhaustive food hunts Absurdly as it sounds this becomes the cultural normIt s the Soviet Union 1942 Tension is thick with famine 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 find a dozen eggs for a wedding cake for 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 fighting their own fatigue and exhaustion an unusual friendship begins Well drawn out human characters Lev Jewish shy and withdrawn paralleling that of Kolya a mild mannered fellow 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 friends who pointed this one out as a must read