City of Thieves
City of Thieves
Blackstone Audiobooks, MP3 CD, 9781433247507
Publication Date: May 1, 2008
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A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building. When a dead German paratrooper lands in his street, Lev is caught looting the body and is dragged to jail, fearing for his life. His cellmate is the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible. Their unusual odyssey creates an unlikely bond between the earnest teenager and the endearing lothario with the gifts of a conman. Set within the monumental events of history, City of Thieves is a wise and funny coming-of-age tale with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.