Before writing for one of the best television shows to ever grace the small screen, David Benoiff had two novels under his name. While Benoiff’s first novel “The 25th Hour” received great praise among the book community, his second novel “City Of Thieves” was deemed one of the best historical fiction novels of 2008.
“City of Thieves” is a book about Lev and Koyla, two young men trying to find their way in Leningrad, during the German siege. Our two protagonists meet in a NKVD jail cell and are eventually whisked away on a harrowing quest for a carton of eggs. Their lives and freedom desperately depend on this carton of eggs, and they can only be found in German territory. Along their quest Lev and Koyla meet a variety of characters and grow up right between those pages. It’s a daring tale of two clueless young men who in a war ravaged city that bicker and fight, yet share the same goal.
“City of Thieves” is a hilarious historical fiction, coming-of-age novel that will leave you dumbstruck.
“City of Thieves” is the only novel I’ve completed in less than 24 hours. That’s probably the highest amount of praise I can put upon a novel.