About the book
Leningrad, September 1941. German tanks surround the city, imprisoning those who live there. The besieged people of Leningrad face shells, starvation, and the Russian winter. Interweaving two love affairs in two generations, THE SIEGE draws us deep into the Levin’s family struggle to stay alive during this terrible winter. It is a story about war and the wounds it inflicts on people’s lives. It is also a lyrical and deeply moving celebration of love, life and survival.
Reviewed by Hayling Island Library Reading Group:
A beautifully and cleverly written human story of survival during the devastatingly cold first winter of the Leningrad Siege. Dunmore writes with poetic style of the love, protection and duty the 6 foremost characters bestow on each other. There are lovely descriptive passages. and not too unbearable desperate ones. Our group found the book thought provoking and it prompted a lot of discussion. Read it!