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City of Thieves by David Benioff
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Feb 15, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction, wwii
Read from January 25 to February 12, 2010 — I own a copy

Story of two boys in World War II Russia (Leningrad) who, for their respective reasons, find themselves as bunkmates in one of the most feared prisons. After spending a pitch black, sleepless night together both are shocked when they are not immediately shot in the morning. Instead they are driven to a General's house and given a very strange and special task... find the General 1 dozen eggs so that his daughter may have a wedding cake at her upcoming nuptials in less than a week. The two set off on a journey that reveals how the country outside of the city they call home has been affected during the war. They meet and see various fellow Russians, invading Germans, all the while keeping their focus on the egg task at hand. It's like a WWII buddy film and it's equal parts funny, scary, sad, and inspiring. I was happy to read this so quickly since my last book took FOREVER to get through and I thought my brain was breaking.
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