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Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

Skeletons at the Feast (2008)

by Chris Bohjalian

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In spite of the end of World War II, the survivors in these two bleak novels are still feeling its effects as they struggle with emotional fallout and fight for survival in their new situations.

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Well done, as audio books go. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Hmmm... I pushed myself to read up to the halfway point, but that's as far as I got. I usually love these kind of reads and this one had potential, but it followed way too many people. I couldn't connect to any of the characters because the story was so scattered. We got a little bit here, a little bit there... it was so slow paced! I loved the action parts, but those were rare. I do not recommend this book unless you like a book that pushes and pulls you in a million different directions. ( )
  ReadersCandyb | Oct 7, 2016 |
1945 World War II about the many refugees who trecked to reach British and American lines. It was well written and very good, but horrific because that was true for so many of the jews, and many others who were caught up in the war. Listened on audio Mark Bramhall ( )
  Indygirl | Aug 5, 2016 |
A bleak and often shocking depiction of Germany at the end of WWII, seen through the eyes of a German family fleeing the advancing Red Army, a Jew who has escaped transportation, a British POW and a French Jew in a labour camp. It would be fair to say that the atrocity count is quite high. The different viewpoints enable to author to explore attitudes of the time, particularly towards Hitler's treatment of the Jews, which the family at the centre of the story are all but unaware of. It is well written and illuminating, but I suspect it will be the shocking images that will stay with me. ( )
  jayne_charles | May 19, 2016 |
Excellent audio production. Nothing is glossed over - the descriptions of the violence perpetrated are graphic and painful. The surprise ending seemed a little tacked on, but fine just the same. Still hard to imagine how it was possible. ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
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The girl - a young woman, really, eighteen, hair the color of corn silk - had been hearing the murmur of artillery fire for two days now.
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In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from the Russian front to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

Among the group is eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred-who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz. As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war. Their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well as their friendship with Manfred-assuming any of them even survive. Perhaps not since "The English Patient" has a novel so deftly captured both the power and poignancy of romance and the terror and tragedy of war. Skillfully portraying the flesh and blood of history, Chris Bohjalian has crafted a rich tapestry that puts a face on one of the twentieth centrury's greatest tragedies-while creating, perhaps, a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations.
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A masterful love story set against a backdrop of epic history and unforgettable courage

In the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives.

At the center is eighteen-year-old Anna, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats, and her first love, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war named Callum. With his boyish good looks and his dedication to her family, he has captured Anna’s heart. But he is the enemy, and their love must remain a closely guarded secret. Only Manfred, a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, knows the truth. And Manfred, who is not what he seems to be, is reluctantly taken with Anna, just as she finds herself drawn uncomfortably to him.

As these unlikely allies work their way west, their flight will test both Anna’s and Callum’s love, as well as their friendship with Manfred–and will forever bind the young trio together.

Includes special bonus material: Chris Bohjalian responds to questions from book groups and readers

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As Hitler's Third Reich crumbles, an aristocratic Prussian woman and her child flee west away from the approaching Russian army. Eventually they form an unlikely alliance with a Jewish man escaping from the concentration camps.

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