City of Thieves by David Benioff
My reviewrating: 5 of 5 stars
I really loved this book. It was compelling from the get-go. It is a war novel that manages to have a charm about it.
It is the story of an unlikely pair, a Red Army deserter/lothario and a Jewish boy/virgin, who are on an equally unlikely quest into German territory. It is a crass book — filled with gruesome images of cannibalism, rape, torture and murder — but the images are at home in this book. The crass candor of the author gives the novel a touch of realism to balance out the unlikely charming relationship that blossoms between the pair and their cohorts along their journey.
I picked up this book at the library, but wish I had purchased it so I could loan it out among friends.
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