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    Lives under siege, you have thieves.

    Amusing at times but insightful read depicting yet another harsh and trying period for the Russian people, this time the German siege during the Second World War. Kolya the Cossack soldier with his constant optimism and laughter and Lev, the 17 year old Jewish boy, with his total pessimism, make strange bedfellows in their quest for a dozen eggs for the Colonel's daughter's wedding. While this book gives the reader the backdrop of the history of the time, it is an enjoyably easy read.
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    Amazing book

    I absolutely loved this book. It's everything I love in a history novel with the added black humour. Couldn't recommend it enough!
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    Great

    A great book you will lose yourself in and be transported to Pitor.
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    Frozen Landscape, Warm Heart

    I heard a quote once that said something to the effect that Jewish music is the only celebratory/joyful music in the world written in a minor key. City of Thieves reminded me of this quote. While there are a few harrowing scenes (as should be expected of any story set during the siege of Leningrad in World War 2) there is also a thread of humour which carries the reader through the desperation of the setting and, i believe, captures the stoicism of the people who survived the siege. I laughed out loud on a few occasions which is quite an achievement by the author considering the sombreness of the setting. David's research and sensitivity as a writer makes the grim parts informative rather than gratuitous, his characters are full and authentic and his writing style has an easy flow. This is historical fiction packaged together with a whimsical plot (two young men's quest to find a dozen eggs) and I found it to be an enthralling read.
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    WWII German Invasion St Petersburg

    Enjoyed reading this book. The story was simply conceived but believable as well. The horror of war surfaced. What people had to do to survive.
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