telling minor stories to avoid a major one


Bookdown: No. 11, City of Thieves by David Benioff by Barbecue Bros
September 3, 2009, 4:03 pm
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11. City of Thieves by David Benioff (2008, 272 pp) – I knew of Benioff’s name because he wrote the book from which the excellent Spike Lee joint The 25th Hour was adapted. So when I saw City of Thieves at Edward McKay’s Used Bookstore in Greensboro, I picked it up with no hesitation.

It’s a true story of war torn Leningrad/St. Petersburg (or “Piter,” as the natives called it) during WWII and the Nazi invasion. Through fate, Lev (David’s grandfather, who recounted the story to him) and a Russian soldier Kolya are given reprieve from execution (Lev for stealing a knife off a dead German paratrooper, Kolya for desertion) in order to find 12 eggs for the General’s daughter’s wedding cake – no easy task in the middle of winter in Russia during war. This is the impetus that sets them off on a journey where the two inevitably become good friends while struggling to survive while discovering fields of dead dogs, a cannibal’s lair, and a den of Russian women being held as Nazi sex slaves. Ultimately the two join up with Russian partisan soldiers in search of a ruthless Nazi officer named Abendroth.

The book is a thrilling and quick read with some funny moments mixed in with suspense. I am now quite interested to read some of Benioff’s other work.

Next up: The One That Got Away by Howell Raines, yet another memoir

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I believe he was originally slated to co-write the screen play for the Ender’s Game movie, although I think that movie is pretty much dead now.

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