100 Books in 100 Words #6: City of Thieves by David Benioff

February 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

Using the story of his grandfather’s experience in St. Petersburg during the war, Benioff manages to both rip your heart out and make you giggle in the weirdest ways. In it, David’s incarcerated Gramps, along with an army deserter, are given the life or death task of finding 12 eggs for the colonel’s daughters’ wedding cake.┬áThe horrors of World War II are notorious, yet somehow I found myself laughing the entire way through City of Thieves. Instances of prostitution, cannibalism, Jewish self-deprecation and the Russian Winter combine to form this dramedy of unparalleled proportions. The best part? It’s all true.


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