November selection of the 2012-2013 Book Review Series, the Friends of the West
Bloomfield Twp Public Library are reviewing “City of Thieves” by David Benioff on
Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. and again on Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. in
the Meeting Room of the West Bloomfield Twp Public Library Main Library, Main
Branch, 4600 Walnut Lake Road,
West Bloomfield, MI.
for the selection is Diane Henderson.
“In the six years since his critically praised début, "The
25th Hour," Benioff has produced a story collection and a handful of
screenplays, including the blockbuster "Troy." The imprint of his
film work is evident in this novel, a finely honed but too easily sentimental
adventure story set during the siege of Leningrad. Lev, the mousy, virginal son
of a disappeared Jewish poet, is jailed by the Russian Army for looting; in
prison and awaiting execution, he shares a cell with a blowhard blond
infantryman accused of desertion. When a strange colonel offers the pair an
impossible task in exchange for their lives, they set off on a journey that
takes them through a series of nightmarish war zones, populated by cannibals,
prostitutes, starving children, and demonic Nazi chess enthusiasts. Benioff
finds a good deal of humor amid the grisly absurdities of wartime, but does so
at the expense of real emotional engagement.” The New Yorker
There is no
charge to attend either program.
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Bloomfield Twp Public Library, visit the Library website at www.wblib.org.
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