July 14, 2008

City of Theives, David Benioff

This coming of age story is set in war torn Russia. The narrator talks his grandfather into telling him about his experiences during the 1941 Siege of Leningrad. He knows his grandfather killed two Germans with a knife before he was 18, but nothing more. No one has been able to pry the story from Grandfather. Many war survivors don’t talk about their experiences, but I’m sure glad this tale was told. It’s quite a harrowing story, and because of Benioff’s meticulous research, sounds very authentic. I’d recommend this novel to any lover of great fiction. I have to tell you, without spoiling the story, I smiled when I read the last page.

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