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on 18 March 2013
This book about the quest for eggs during the siege of Leningrad makes for a cracking read!
Narrator Lev, a callow 17-year old from Jewish intellectual stock, is thrown into a prison cell for looting. There he meets Kolya, his exact opposite: a charismatic and confident Cossack in jail for desertion. As they steel themselves for the firing squad, they are thrown a life line by the NKVD colonel. He promises them their freedom in return for a dozen eggs which his wife needs to make his daughter's wedding cake. Eggs? In a starving city where people are eating cardboard - and worse - to survive? It's mission impossible.
The unlikely pair embark on an adventure that is, by turns, horrendous and hilarious but in David Benioff's deft hands always riveting. Along the way, as Lev and Kolya's mutual respect develops, the young men become friends and I would venture that you'll have to go a very long way indeed to find a more engaging pair of protagonists. My thanks to Julia Flyte whose review led me to this terrific book. City of Thieves was written in 2008 so I cannot imagine what's holding up the film of such a cinematic novel. Do hurry up!