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City of Thieves by David Benioff
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Jun 27, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, read-in-2013
Read from June 16 to 25, 2013

It seems that any author that deals with the horrors of war in a work of fiction must deploy some sort of method to balance the tragedy with other elements. For example, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas avoided becoming a practice in inevitable sadness by focusing on an innocent friendship between a German and a Jew in a concentration camp.

Benioff employs a similar method in City of Thieves. Lev and Kolya trudge through a desolate Russian winter during Germany's WWII invasion as a backdrop to death, exhaustion, and starvation. Throughout their travels, they talk about sex, bowel movements, and cute girls as boys are wont to do. This occasional levity mixed with depictions of war make the highs higher and the lows lower.

Benioff's prose is a pleasure to read, being descriptive but not flowery. I hate the term "coming of age," but watching Lev and Kolya grow up in these pages was immensely satisfying. I felt closer to these characters in these few pages, I really must commend Benioff for writing so succinctly and clearly.

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