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City of Thieves by David Benioff
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Feb 16, 12

bookshelves: 20th-century, fiction, history, war, russia, adventure
Read from February 14 to 16, 2012

this book read like a short story. two young russians during the siege of leningrad must find a dozen eggs in a city that's been eating rats and sawdust for months. mayhem ensues. i was drawn to this book because benioff cowrote the screen adaptations for the 'game of thrones' series on hbo, and did a great job of condensing an interminably long and complex story there into a short cable series. i can see in this book his skill as a screenwriter. you feel you know the characters almost immediately, but they are by no means shallow or facile. there are graphic descriptions of the effects of slow starvation, followed by some of the most bitterly funny exchanges i've ever read. the setup of the siege is explained in a way that requires no prior knowledge, but makes you want to look more into the details once you've read the book. a quick-paced story in a vivid setting. you could finish it on a long flight, and if you didn't you might actually wish the flight had been longer so you could have.
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