Small book. Unusually thought provoking. Life during the German seige of Leningrad when famine is widespread. A scientist in the area of food production, finds himself tested in the crucible of history,as he and his fellow scientists agree not to eat the food they are working with.
I did not enjoy this book. It was a good idea for a book, but I did not enjoy the way it was executed.
It was a quick read but it seemed vague and disjointed.
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The main character is put out there for you to hate as if nothing is redeemable about him. I did hate him for is adulterous affairs. I did not hate him for stealing food to survive, as I feel I was suppose to.
I would try another book by this author. I would recommend this book to try since it was not a huge time investment if you don't like it.
(FYI: I read this book and then "Fat Girl" by Judith Moore. The contrast was nice.)