Long before Benioff became a scriptwriter for The Game of Thrones he wrote this ingenious story considered by some to be a near perfect novel. I don’t know about perfect but I found it to be one of the most memorable,clever and well written novels I’ve ever read.
The story begins in 1942 during the Siege of Leningrad where desperation and absurdity knows no bounds. Two recently arrested prisoners are offered a chance to save themselves from execution if within 4 days they can find and return with a dozen eggs for the cake the Colonel has promised his daughter for her wedding. Eggs! A near impossible task in a city where people are starving and eating glue to stay alive. The will to live drives their quest and carries the pair through many harrowing moments as they scour the corners of Leningrad. Occasionally I cringed at the historically accurate portrayal of the grim conditions,yet Benioff excels in balancing the dark moments with light. The evolving, sometimes humorous relationship between the two men gives this imaginative story its heart.
Without a doubt, City of Thieves reveals Benioff’s boundless imagination and outstanding ability to create a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining story.
From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival -- and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, 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 Soviet 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 through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
About the Author
David Benioff was born and raised in New York City. He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the feature film directed by Spike Lee. With many other screenplays to his credit, he is also the writer of the films, "Brothers" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Stories from his critically acclaimed collection When the Nines Roll Over appeared in Best New American Voices and The Best Nonrequired American Reading. His latest novel is City of Thieves. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter where he is a co-creator and writer for the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones."
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