This book was difficult for me to read. It was very interesting and funny and tragic all at once. I opening the book and found it hard to put down but hard to go on. As a reader, I was afraid for my protagonist. By the end I was laughing and crying at the same time. Very good book for those who can handle the reality that was the Nazis.
I enjoyed this tale of two young Russians during the siege of Leningrad. One part brutal, one part humorous, it is a very entertaining read about the German and Russian conflict during WWII. The language is crude but very much in keeping with the characters and narrative. You come to care about the characters and hope they are able accomplish their "special" mission. I recommend this book.
This is by far, one of the best books that I have ever read. Brilliant, original writing. If I were dropped on an island and could only take three books, this would definitely be one of those books. Highly recommended.
Very fascinating story about three people that are caught up in events beyond their control -- and how they show courage and innovation to survive and live despite horrors all around them. Surprisingly engaging characters. It is rough in places -- but it is about war -- so, it is to be expected.
Gripping from the word go. This is a sweet and sad story of two young men pushed together to Do what seems to be an impossible task during the ugly, cruel invasion of Russia by the Germans. Fast and can't put down until finished book. Terrific writing.. Sad on many levels when I finished it.