"There is a place beyond hunger, beyond fatigue, where time no longer seems to move and the body’s misery no longer seems fully your own."
"I was half asleep but I smiled. In spite of all his irritating qualities, I couldn't help liking a man who despised a fictional character with such passion."I loved this book. So much. In fact, I'm in real danger of descending into embarrassing fangirl babble and I really don't want to put you through that. This book deserves so much more than my barely coherent praise I want to heap on top of its ...more
"There isn't any good news. Just because there's bad news doesn't mean there's good news, too."
"There are cannibals in every building," said the driver. "Welcome to Leningrad. Now step aside."If there is a more miserable place in the 20th century than winter 1942 Leningrad apart from Nazi death camps, I am unaware of it. Cut off from the outside world and bombarded by the Germans the citizens of Leningrad (or Piter as the natives call it, short for the city's old name, St. Petersburg) must also endure the world famous Russian winter.
There were two theories on the fat versus the thin....more
...contrary to popular belief, the experience of terror does not make you braver. Perhaps, though, it is easier to hide your fear when you're afraid all the time.
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