[Reading] ➶ City of Thieves ➬ David Benioff – Tactical-player.co.uk

City of Thieves How could you fear anythingthan death Everything else offered moments of escape a paralyzed man could still read Dickens a man in the grips of dementia might have flashes 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 becomesprecious 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 fled the city he decid How could you fear anythingthan death Everything else offered moments of escape a paralyzed man could still read Dickens a man in the grips of dementia might have flashes 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 becomesprecious 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 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 isolated from the rest of the Soviet Union by the Nazis control or destruction of its bridges.When I went to Google the siege of Leningrad to brush up on the events th 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 5,6 million people dead because the Western powers trusted Stalin the country borders also changed, with parts of eastern P in the aftermath of my tryst with this beautiful, intelligent novel, I was hobbled by lancinating pain stemming from a burning, itching question repeatedly sounding off in my head why didn t I love this book MORE Why I love historical fiction, especially tales set in WW the Sequel, 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 back in the aftermath of my tryst with this beautiful, intelligent novel, I was hobbled by lancinating pain stemming from a burning, itching question repeatedly sounding off in my head why didn t I love this book MORE Why I love historical fiction, especially tales set in WW the Sequel, 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 spo 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 norm.It 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 d 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 norm.It 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 trek.From calculated neglect to constipation this a story rich in all elements of character development Writing so palatable and simplistic yet rich in texture, It s all about the quest.When I read books, I like to do a little research about the author, time period, the book itself, etc I was interested to learn that the creator of the video game, The Last of Us, drew inspiration, in part, from this book.The Last of Us is a game my son keeps begging me to play It takes place in the near future, has nothing to do with World War II era Leningrad, and from 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 happenedthan once, right But a funny thing sometimes happens on the way to the 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 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 lik What a wonderful book and why have I not read it before It reminded me of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas both for its remarkable story and the quality 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 first week of the year, the week he met my grandmother, made his best friend and killed two Germans During that week the Grandfather, Lev, was just 17 years old and living in Leningrad which was enduring the What a wonderful book and why have I not read it before It reminded me of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas both for its remarkable story and the quality 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 first week of the year, the week he met my grandmother, made his best friend 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 few years older in years but muchin experience Together they set out on a ridiculous quest and witness many of the awful atrocities that occurred during that war.The characters of Lev and Kolya are what makes this book Kolya is by turns funny and infuriating but is always l A terrific book that proves you don t have to write 700 or 800 pages to have real depth I m 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 d From The Critically Acclaimed Author Of The 25th Hour, A Captivating Novel About War, Courage, Survival And A Remarkable Friendship That Ripples Across A Lifetime.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 Directive 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 Lines To Find The Impossible.By Turns Insightful And Funny, Thrilling And Terrifying, 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. City Of Thieves is a rare book, one that fires on all cylinders and almost never missteps It s a modern textbook example of how to write a great story Stories often have their strengths and their weaknesses when all is said and done They can relyon character than plot, or vice versa A story might be strong, but pacing is a problem Dialogue might come off unrealistic, although narrative hits the mark In short, most books are a balancing act There are things done right, and things t City Of Thieves is a rare book, one that fires on all cylinders and almost never missteps It s a modern textbook example of how to write a great story Stories often have their strengths and their weaknesses when all is said and done They can relyon character than plot, or vice versa A story might be strong, but pacing is a problem Dialogue might come off unrealistic, although narrative hits the mark In short, most books are a balancing act There are things done right, and things that could have been better Benioff s third offering is balanced well beyond the average book There are no pros and cons, no strengths to rely on The enti

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